If I have learnt anything in my 40+ years as a lawyer, it is that by listening very intently to my clients and fully understanding their particular needs, I can work strategically on their behalf so they achieve the success they are seeking from the outset.
We have two ears and one mouth, and I firmly believe in listening twice as much as talking, so taking the time to comprehend my client’s brief means I am better prepared to assess their individual requirements before offering solutions that will work to their benefit. Tackling complex legal issues head-on is just part of what I do, especially in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution.
I have particular focus on international clients, and I’ve represented clients in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. In addition to being a Solicitor, I’m also a Notary Public and a Commissioner for Oaths as well as acting as a Presiding Officer under Garda Discipline Regulations.
I spend most of my time dealing with corporate and commercial clients, many with a particular involvement in the entertainment, media and intellectual property sectors. I think that my no-nonsense, call-it-as-it-is approach is welcomed by my clients, who recognise that although I may not always tell them what they want to hear, my advice is always based on what I believe is best for them and their business.
It gives me a considerable amount of personal satisfaction to offer commercially viable solutions to the various legal issues facing my clients. They range from small sole traders to multi-national billion euro group companies, to whom I provide candid counsel with practical, real-world advice.
Qualified to practise in Ireland, England, Wales and New York, I’m also an Irish Trade Mark Agent and a European Community Trade Mark Attorney.
My clients value my ability to see potential risks and opportunities, which enables me to find pre-emptive commercial solutions that fit their specific needs. This has proven to be particularly useful for my corporate and commercial clients, most notably in the property area.
This can range from major company property deals to the property elements of franchise negotiations to insolvent estate issues, all of which entail precision and an acute awareness of the commercial implications of various actions. I also employ my attention to detail and efficiencies to residential conveyancing where I have considerable experience, which enables me to guide and support my clients through each step of a property transaction.
As well as solicitor qualifications in Ireland, England and Wales, I also a hold a Certificate in Personal Insolvency Practice and a Certificate in English & Welsh Property Law & Practice.
For over 30 years, I have brought patience, a calm head and a commonsense approach to bear on numerous divorce and judicial separation cases, treating each with a compassion and understanding that comes from being an accredited mediator. Family law, by its very nature, is an emotional and potentially difficult area that demands these particular skillsets. By listening to my clients and evaluating their position, I can develop an agreeable and workable solution.
This approach is just as relevant in other areas of legal work in which I am involved. These can include probate, estate planning, defamation, personal injury* and leading individuals in the international entertainment business. I have lectured extensively on the areas of Family Law and the Administration of Estates, and am a founding member of the Institute of Irish Legal Executives.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement
First, we listen - very carefully - to what you have to say, so we totally understand your particular issue. We may not give you an instant answer but we’ll analyse the options before offering our considered advice.
Once we are all agreed on the strategy most appropriate to your specific needs, we’ll work closely with you to develop the plan, fine-tune it where necessary, and then execute it to ensure a successful outcome.
We’ll be at your side throughout the process, advising you on all aspects of your particular issue and supporting you through to its conclusion.