The AIB Private Banking Irish Law Awards is judged by a panel of experts. All nominations received are sent on to judges and reviewed.

Nominees are judged against the criteria set out. There are two rounds of online judging as well as judging panel meetings to determine our finalists and winners.

We accept, and encourage, self-nominations and also accept nominations for a firm/individual from 3rd parties.  All nominations received for a firm/individuals will be collated for the judging process.

Key Dates:

  • Open for Entries: Monday 16 January
  • Nomination Deadline extended: Friday 17 February
  • Finalists Announced: Tuesday 4 April
  • Awards Day: Friday 12 May


Dr.Eamonn G. Hall, Chairman of the AIB Private Banking Irish Law Awards Judging Panel

Dr Eamonn G. Hall, solicitor and notary public, is principal of E G Hall & Co and a former Chief Solicitor with Eircom. A graduate of several universities, he is a fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London. A former chairman of the Law Reporting Council for Ireland, the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland, the Irish Society for European Law, the Editorial Board of the Gazette of the Law Society, a former member of the first Information Society Commission, he is a board member of the Irish Centre for European Law (TCD), an examiner in constitutional law for the Law Society, a member of the Governing Council of the Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland and the Director of Education for the faculty. He is also the author of several books and articles.

Bart Daly, Managing Director, Frontier Legal Research Ltd.
Bart Daly  has been in law publishing since 1981. He currently is managing director of Frontier Legal Research Ltd. Previously he was involved in publishing in the traditional format. His first venture was founding the Round Hall Press in 1981 and later Brehon publishing. Prior to the establishment of First Law he was managing director of Round Hall Sweet & Maxwell. First Law was established to bring Irish law to practitioners in an immediate, searchable electronic format. He established in 2009 an online training site. He was the editor of the first edition of The Courts Guide and again in its Third Edition.
He was founder and editor for 13 years of Irish Law Reports Monthly and the Irish Law Times. He was editor of Irish Company Law Reports (1963-1993) and Professional Negligence Law Reports (1968-1993). He was also joint-editor of The Irish Times Law Report published in The Irish Times for 19 years. In 2010 he authored Employers Stand Up for Your Rights and in 2012 authored How to Get The Best Out of Your Lawyer.

Michael V. O’Mahony, solicitor and notary public, Past President Law Society

Michael V O’Mahony, solicitor and notary public, is a former partner in McCann Fitzgerald, Solicitors, and a former President of the Law Society. He was educated at Belvedere College, Dublin, University College Dublin (with a BCL and LL.B) and the University of California, Berkeley (with an LL.M). At the Law School of the Law Society, he was awarded both the Overend and Findlater scholarships. First elected to the Council of the Law Society in the mid 1970s, he served on Public Relations, Parliamentary, EC and International Affairs, and Publications Committees of the society and as a long standing member of the Editorial Board of the Law Society’s Gazette. He has served on several bodies including the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for Ireland and has acted as a legal adviser in Dáil elections and national referenda.

Michele O’Boyle- Partner, O’Boyle Solicitors, Sligo  & Council Member,  Law Society of Ireland

Michele O’Boyle is a practicing Solicitor  and a long  standing Council Member of the of the Law Society of Ireland . She is a Partner with her sister Dervilla O’Boyle at the family Practice  of O’Boyle Solicitors, Courtyard, the Mall, Sligo, having been enrolled with the Law Society of Ireland in 1992. The practice covers a vast range of Legal services, and Michele’s main areas of practice include Personal Injuries litigation, Employment Law, Family & Child Law, and Compulsory Purchase Order Law. She is a former President and current member of  Sligo Solicitors Association and, is also a member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association (DSBA). Michele has been an elected member of the law Society Council since 2004 and has served on a range of committees including, Litigation, Family & child Law, Professional Indemnity Insurance, Regulation of Practice, Guidance & Ethics, Public Relations and currently she  serves on the Co -Ordination Committee and is an ex officio member of the Education and Finance Committee. Michele served as Junior Vice President of the law Society from November 2015- to November 2016. She was  the founding President of the Sligo branch of BPW ( Business and Professional Womens Club) and, is  a former lecturer on the Garda In-house training programme.

Phillipa Howley- Treasury Legal Services, AIB
Phillipa Howley heads the Treasury Legal Services team at AIB. Philippa qualified as a solicitor with Vincent & Beatty Solicitors in 1995 and has twenty years’ experience as an in-house legal adviser with AIB. She specialises in derivatives, structured products, capital and funding transactions and financial services regulation. She lectured on the Wholesale Banking Module of the Law Society’s Applied Finance Diploma.

Richard Hammond, Partner, Hammond Good, Solicitors & Notaries Public
Richard Hammond is a partner, with his spouse Joyce, at Hammond Good, Solicitors & Notaries Public, in Mallow in north County Cork. He holds B.C.L., LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from University College Cork, a Diploma in Arbitration from University College Dublin and a Diploma in Family Law from the Law Society of Ireland. He is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and is a member of the Society of Estate & Trust Practitioners. He is also a European Trademark & Design Attorney and an Accredited Mediator (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution). He works in general practice and specialises in succession law, insolvency and intellectual property; with a strong interest in arbitration and mediation. He teaches regularly in these areas at the Law School of the Law Society of Ireland. He is a member of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland, and the Council of the Southern Law Association. He is involved in a number of committees of the Law Society of Ireland including the Probate, Administration & Trusts Committee (of which he is currently Chairperson), the Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee (of which he is currently Chairperson), the Education Committee, and the Gazette Editorial Board. Richard was previously President of the Union of Students in Ireland.

Rosemarie Loftus, Joint Managing Partner, Bourke, Carrigg & Loftus

Rosemarie Loftus is a practising Solicitor, having enrolled with the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland in 1991. She currently practices in the North West as a joint Managing Partner with the legal firm Bourke, Carrigg & Loftus, Teeling Street, Ballina, County Mayo, which is a busy general practice with six Solicitors and fourteen associated staff. Rosemarie has practised and continues to practise in many areas of law but has particular interests in the areas of Commercial Law and Commercial Litigation, Personal Injuries Litigation, Probate, Family Law, Landlord & Tenant Law and Property and Conveyancing Law. Rosemarie is an Accredited Mediator and is a Member of Mediation Solutions North West. Her Qualifications and Membership are:- Bachelor of Civil Law B.C.L(University College Dublin) 1987. Qualified as a Solicitor 1991 – Incorporated Law Society of Ireland, Dublin. Service on several Committees of the Law Society of Ireland including Conveyancing, Litigation, Professional Indemnity Insurance, Regulatory Committees and several Task Forces. Current President Mayo Solicitors’ Bar Association. Member of Chamber of Commerce and former Council Member of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland. Accredited Mediator.

Arran Dowling-Hussey
Arran Dowling-Hussey is a Barrister, Arbitrator and Mediator based in the Law Library, Dublin and 1215 Chambers in London. He practices in a number of areas of civil and commercial law but has been recognised in relation to construction law and alternative dispute resolution. Whilst in full time practice since 2003 he has significant experience as a law lecturer, and tutor, having worked in a number of institutions both within and outside of the Republic of Ireland including the Law Society of Ireland and Dublin City University. He is a current member of the Bar Council’s ADR committee and a former member of its External Relations committee. From 2010-2016 he was a member of the Council of King’s Inns and from 2012-2015 he served on the Board of Management of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. In January of this year he started a 4 year term as a member of the CIArb’s London based Board of  Trustees. He presently co-edits the Construction, Engineering and Energy Law Journal of Ireland and has co-authored two editions of the legal text ‘Arbitration Law.’ From 2012 to 2017 he has helped arrange around 50 continuing professional development talks in Dublin for organisations such as the Adjudication Society, CIArb, Society of Construction Law and European Court of Arbitration.

Keith Walsh
Keith Walsh is from Ballinrobe, County Mayo and is the principal of a four person general practice in Crumlin Village, Dublin 12 where he specialises in Family Law and Civil Litigation. He is a former President of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and is currently an elected member of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland and a member of their Task Force on the Legal Services Regulation Act.

Eamonn Kennedy. Director of Legal Affairs, RTE 

Eamonn Kennedy qualified as a solicitor in 1991 having trained with Matheson. Following a short period with the European Commission in Brussels he practised in the area of general commercial law with A & L Goodbody until 1995. He became RTÉ’s legal advisor in 1995. As Director of Legal Affairs he manages the RTÉ Solicitors’ Office which provides advice and assistance to RTÉ across a range of areas, including litigation and commercial.

Kevin O’Higgins
Kevin O’Higgins has been in practice for over 36 years. He spent his early years in Arthur Cox and thereafter in a smaller commercial firm before opening up his own practice as a sole practitioner in the suburbs some 26 years ago.
Kevin is the Immediate Past President of the Law Society and a past president of the DSBA . Since 1998, he has been an elected member of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland, has chaired the Guidance and Ethics Committee, and been a member of several other committees . He is also the society’s representative on several task forces including the Legal Services Bill Task Force and a separate task force on the future of the profession. He has lectured to colleagues extensively, edited the award-winning Parchment magazine and for many years edited a monthly article in the Law Society’s Gazette.
Brian Hunt- Head of Regulatory Affairs & Head of Government and Industry Affairs, Zurich
Brian is the Head of Regulatory Affairs and also the Head of Government and Industry Affairs at Zurich Insurance plc. Prior to joining Zurich, Brian was the Head of Public Affairs at Mason Hayes & Curran and prior to that he served as Chief Legal Adviser to Fine Gael. Having been called to the Bar in 2003, Brian subsequently enrolled as a solicitor and has been conferred with a PhD by Trinity College, Dublin. In 2009 he was awarded the Inaugural Parliamentary Fellowship at the Houses of the Oireachtas. He is the author of Murdoch & Hunt’s Dictionary of Irish Law, published by Bloomsbury.

Robert Heron- General Counsel, Dunnes Stores.
Formerly a partner at Matheson from 1995 to 2013, Robert is now General Counsel at Dunnes Stores.

Aoife Hennessy
Aoife Hennessy is a Senior Associate with more than 17 years of experience in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law and Medical Negligence practices of Sweeney McGann.
Fidelma McManus
Fidelma McManus is a partner in Beauchamps Commercial Property team. She works with financial institutions, developers, property managers, government bodies, sporting bodies, housing bodies and insolvency practitioners and practises in all aspects of property law. Fidelma is known for her strong experience advising on the acquisition, structuring, financing, disposal and leasing of various types of property, including social housing, mixed commercial and residential developments, shopping centres, retail parks and office developments.  Fidelma also has experience in banking, project finance, and property due diligence. Fidelma holds a BCL (ELS) from University College Dublin and has obtained diplomas in Commercial Conveyancing and Property Tax from the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland.

Deirdre O’Sullivan. Senior Corporate Counsel, Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Deirdre is a practicing solicitor and Senior Corporate Counsel at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, providing lead legal support to the organization’s global technical operations, specialising in domestic and international manufacturing, technical development and supply chain activities, with additional practice and expertise in M&A activity and commercial contracts. Prior to joining Jazz Pharmaceuticals, she was Corporate Counsel with Pfizer, providing commercial legal support for all Pfizer activities in Ireland including manufacturing, sales, marketing, employment, litigation, commercial, procurement, finance, R&D and regulatory. Deirdre is an elected member of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland since 2012. She is also a member of the In-House and Public Sector Committee and previous member of the Business Law Committee within the Law Society of Ireland and a regular contributor to the Professional Practice Course materials and classes. Deirdre O’Sullivan holds a B.B.L.S and LL.M from University College Dublin.

Michael Smith. Barrister-at-Law