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Lord Brian Kerr JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT Lord Chief Justice Sir Brian Kerr needs no introduction. Northern Ireland’s most senior judge is a former pupil of St Colman’s College in

Newry. He studied Law at Queen’s University before being called to the bar in Northern Ireland in 1970 and the English Bar four years

later. He was appointed a High Court Judge in the North of Ireland in 1993, the same year he was knighted. Lord Kerr became the last

Valerie Lawlor PARTNER, MCCANN FITZGERALD The second McCann partner to feature on our prestigious Legal50 list, Valerie obtained her Bachelor of Civil Law from University College

Dublin. Valerie’s senior role at McCann now sees her advise generally on corporate and commercial matters but is often called upon for her

expertise in the energy sector. She has advised significant energy industry participants on market projects, transactions and

regulatory issues. Valerie is part of the company’s London operation in Old Broad Street. McCann FitzGerald was the first major Irish law firm to establish offices in London in 1986.

Sinéad Mac Lua SENIOR LAWYER, BANK OF IRELAND GROUP LEGAL SERVICES Sinéad Mac Lua trained as a lawyer in London with Harris Rosenblatt & Kramer where, after 15 years, she became a partner. In 2003 Sinéad

joined Bank of Ireland’s Group Legal Services team in London where she is a Senior Lawyer. Sinéad’s career has concentrated on dispute

resolution work in banking, property, professional negligence matters as well as fraud, insolvency and multiparty claims. Serving on the

Chris MaGrath PARTNER, MAGRATH LLP This Trinity College Dublin graduate is now senior partner at MaGrath LLP where he acts as head of the Immigration and Employment

Law Departments. Born in Bangor, Chris attended secondary school in Belfast. He qualified as a solicitor in 1975 and upon moving to

Britain, he opened his first law firm on Kilburn High Road in 1977. As a dualqualified practising solicitor, and US attorney, Chris has

She began her career in a City law firm before qualifying as a solicitor in 1995 and moving into media litigation. Sinead has advised

a broad range of clients across the media industry including book, magazine and newspaper publishers, sports organisations, television and

Tony McDaid PRACTICE DIRECTOR, NO5 CHAMBERS Tony is the longest serving member of No5 Chambers’ administration team having joined in 1980. He qualified as a member of the Institute

of Barristers Clerks in 1988 and was appointed Senior Clerk in 1992 before being promoted to the post of Practice Director in 1994.

Sitting on the Professional Practice Committee of the Bar Council, he is also a council member of the Birmingham Law Society,

of Britain’s largest financial institutions. She has extensive experience and advises on a range of matters relating to all aspects of mortgage and

property litigation. Olibhia also acts as treasurer for the London Irish Lawyers Association. Originally from south west Donegal,

Ronan Maguire DIRECTOR & FOUNDING PARTNER, MAGUIRES Manchester firm Maguires was founded in 2008 by Ronan Maguire. His career has included high profile cases including a recent

successful appeal to overturn a murder conviction. Ronan’s first job was as a criminal litigation clerk in his native Enniskillen in 1993.

He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and has over 20 years’ experience in criminal law. He grew up on a farm, as one of seven children, in the small

Law in Chester but his parents hail from Co. Mayo and Roscommon. Andrew is heavily involved in the Irish community in

Manchester. He started his own firm McHale & Co in 2001 and since then he has been involved in litigation to Supreme Court level and

Michael McKee PARTNER, DLA PIPER With over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, Michael is a respected partner in the DLA Piper’s Financial Services

Regulatory team. Based in London, Belfastborn Michael attended Queen’s University. He is wellknown for his intellectual

understanding of the law having come top of his year in both his undergraduate degree and his LL.M. at Cambridge University.

a personal career highlight was making Partner last year. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, hiking in Donegal and spending time with her family and friends. She is also a keen rugby fan.

village of Kinawley and says that being born two weeks after Bloody Sunday may have something to do with his interest in justice. Maguire Solicitors have just recently acquired a base in London.

Andrew McHale FOUNDING PARTNER, MCHALE & CO Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 1996, specialising in Civil Litigation and Advocacy. He studied at both Sheffield University and the College of

film companies and high profile individuals. She joined Random House in 2006 as senior publishing lawyer and became Group Legal Director in 2011.

serving as chair of its International Committee. He is an executive member of the West Midlands Irish Business Group. Tony has three children and enjoys travel, food and wine.

Olibhia McGinley PARTNER, TTKW Olibhia is a partner in TTKW’s dispute resolution department specialising in professional negligence actions on behalf of clients that include some

Advisory Committee of the Irish Youth Foundation, she is also a member of the Women's Irish Network, Irish Heritage and attends events hosted by the All Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain.

over 20 years of cross border experience in corporate and private UK and US immigration. Away from work, Chris is an enthusiastic supporter of the Ireland rugby team and Manchester City.

Sinead Martin GROUP LEGAL DIRECTOR, THE RANDOM HOUSE GROUP Sinead graduated in Law from the University of Nottingham in 1991 and from the College of Law two years later.

appointed Law Lord and, at 61, the youngest person to become a member of the House on taking his seat in 2009, receiving an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University the same year.

has acted in high profile criminal cases for sports professionals. Andrew writes a regular column in The Irish Post business section.

Now based in Kent, Michael returns to Ireland several times a year. He is a fan of Irish folk music and has a love of Irish poetry – in particular the work of Belfast poet Louis Macneice.

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Legal 50  

The Irish Post's Legal 50 supplement was originally published on November 9 and acknowledges the contribution and excellence of leading lega...

Legal 50  

The Irish Post's Legal 50 supplement was originally published on November 9 and acknowledges the contribution and excellence of leading lega...