The Irish Law Awards are judged by a panel of experts. All nominations received are sent 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.
- Open for Entries: 13 March 2019
- Extended Nomination Deadline: 18 April 2019
- Finalists Announced: May 2019
- Awards Day: Friday 14 June 2019 **NEW DATE**
Dr.Eamonn G. Hall, Chairman of the 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 www.firstcpd.com 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.
Arran Dowling-Hussey, Barrister, Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Mediator
Arran Dowling-Hussey is a Barrister, Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Mediator working from the Law Library, Dublin and 33 Bedford Row Chambers in London. He practices in a number of areas of law including but not limited to construction law, CPO law and arbitration/dispute resolution. Arran is the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Trustee for the Ireland Region from 2017-2020 and as a coordinator for the Society of Construction Law organises the popular SCL Dublin Christmas lunch. He regularly writes on ADR and also frequently delivers training, in that area, and in the latter role was recently a consultant to the Council of Europe in Armenia.
Stuart Gilhooly, Partner, H.J. Ward & Co. Solicitors & Past President, Law Society
Stuart Gilhooly qualified as a solicitor in 1995 having completed his apprenticeship with H.J. Ward & Co. Solicitors and has been practising in the area of personal injuries claims since then, acting exclusively for claimants.
He was the recipient of the Solicitor of the Year Award in 2018 at the Irish Law Awards. Stuart has a strong reputation in personal injuries litigation and was President of the Law Society in 2016/17 and President of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association in 2010/11.
Stuart also practices in the area of sports law.
Robert Heron, General Counsel, Dunnes Stores.
Formerly a partner at Matheson from 1995 to 2013, Robert is now General Counsel at Dunnes Stores.
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 practiced 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.
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.
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 Bachelor of Civil Law (European Legal Studies) from University College Dublin and has obtained diplomas in Commercial Conveyancing and Property Tax from the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland. Graduates go through extensive training to become qualified. Which is why you should use a conveyancing solicitor when purchasing a new property for you or your friend. Why take the risk?!
Anne Neary qualified as a solicitor in 1982, having obtained a BCL from UCD and an LLM from Yale Law School in 1995. She was on the Council of the Law Society and the DSBA for many years. She worked in the US as a clerk for the Federal Court of Appeal Second Circuit and on her return to Ireland, worked with the Law Society as secretary to a special committee and as Investigating Inspector auditing law firms. She qualified as a Lexcel auditor in the UK and subsequently designed the Q Standard, the practice and risk management standard for Law Firms in Ireland. She founded the Institute for Research and Legal Standards which now runs the accreditation of Law Firms for the Q Standard. She is a practice and risk management consultant to the legal profession and specialises in partnerships, dissolutions, mergers, sales and purchases of law firms, succession planning and startups.
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 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 in 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 Women’s Club) and, is a former lecturer on the Garda In-house training programme.
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.