The Dye & Durham Irish Law Awards 2023 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.


Chairperson of the Irish Law Awards Judging Panel

Richard is a Senior Counsel (being in the first coterie of solicitors ever to be elevated to that status by the Government of Ireland on 1st September, 2020) who practises as a solicitor with his spouse Joyce A. Good Hammond at Hammond Good LLP, Solicitors & Notaries Public, Mallow, County Cork where he is a partner. He is a self-described “succession law enthusiast” who also specialises in professional regulation.  Much of his practise involves succession law consultancy for other law firms. He is a former President of the Southern Law Association and is a member of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland.  He is or has been involved in a number of committees of the Law Society of Ireland including the Education Committee (current Chairperson), the Probate, Administration & Trusts Committee (former Chairperson), the Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee (former Chairperson), and the Gazette Editorial Board.  Richard teaches extensively at the Law School of the Law Society of Ireland on the Professional Practice Courses.  He is widely published and contributes regularly to CPD Conferences for Law Society Professional Training and for local Bar Associations.  Richard was previously President of the Union of Students in Ireland.

Practising Solicitor and Partner, Callan Tansey Solicitors

Christopher Callan is a practising solicitor and partner in the firm of Callan Tansey Solicitors having offices in Limerick, Sligo, Boyle, Ballina, Galway and Dublin. He qualified in 1988. He has extensive experience in many areas of law over 30 years in practice which includes property law, commercial transactions, licencing law, litigation, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. He specialises in wills, succession planning, lifetime transfers and tax advice including law for the elderly and administration of estates. He studied law in TCD, graduating in 1984. He is a trained mediator and holds diplomas in Professional Regulation (UCD) and Judicial Skills and Decision Making (Law Society of Ireland). He has a Diploma in Commercial Litigation (Law Society of Ireland). He is an elected member of the Council of the Law Society, a former Chairman of the Regulation of Practice Committee and the current member of the Finance Committee.

Managing Director, Frontier Legal Research Ltd.

Bart D. Daly, BCL, Bart practiced at the Irish Bar as a barrister before founding the first Irish law publishing company in 1981. He 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 was co-editor of The Law Report column published weekly 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. He writes content for law firms’ newsletters/websites for their corporate and/or private clients, similar to the services law marketing firms like offer.
He has long standing interests in the film industry and has a production company, Frontier Productions. He founded Irish dance troupe Celtic Gold ( which featured in a America’s PBS TV Special in June 2018.

Barrister, Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Mediator

Arran Dowling-Hussey is a Barrister, Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Mediator working from the Law Library, Dublin and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 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 2017-2024 and a member of the Council of the Society of Construction Law and the committee of the Adjudication Society. He regularly writes on ADR and also frequently delivers training in that area, and is a part time lecturer on the Robert Gordon University LL.M in construction and arbitration law

BCL Dip P.T. Principal at J. P. Fitzpatrick and Company Solicitors

Jo Fitzpatrick Principal of J.P. Fitzpatrick and Company Solicitors Portlaoise is a graduate of University College Dublin . Jo Qualified in 1993 and having completed her apprenticeship with the Portlaoise Firm of Duncan White and Breen joined James Lucey and Company Solicitors Birr County Offaly where she spent five years in a long established and diverse Practice. During her time in Birr Jo also completed the Diploma in Property Tax. Jo established her own practice in Portlaoise in 1998 which has since gone from strength to strength and now offers a varied range of legal services . Originally a Conveyancing and Family Law Practice J P Fitzpatrick and Company 20 years later is a busy General Practice employing an Associate Solicitor and experienced staff. The Practice while still grounded in Conveyancing, both Residential and Commercial offers a wide range of services also in the areas of Probate, Personal Injury, Family Law and with particular emphasis on Criminal Law which Jo has practised at all Court levels

Partner, H.J. Ward & Co. Solicitors & Past President, Law Society

Stuart Gilhooly is a partner and senior counsel in H J Ward & Co, Solicitors. He is a litigation solicitor practising mainly in the area of personal injuries. He was President of the Law Society of Ireland in 2017 and was President of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association in 2011. He has chaired many of the Law Society’s committees, including those of Finance, Professional Indemnity Insurance, Education and Litigation.

He is a member of the Superior Court Rules Committee and was the Law Society nominee for the Personal Injuries Commission and the Administration of Civil Justice Review. He is a frequent contributor in the written and broadcast media in the area of Personal Injuries.

Legal Counsel to Ibec

Eamonn Kennedy is Legal Counsel to Ibec, Ireland’s leading lobby group working to help businesses grow and prosper. He is a former Director of Legal Affairs for RTÉ. Eamonn 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. He is a regular speaker on the topic of in-house legal practice.

General Practitioner and Managing Partner of Coglan Kelly New Ross

Martin Lawlor is a General practitioner and Managing Partner of Coghlan Kelly New Ross. He is also a Notary Public ,Arbitrator and  Accredited Mediator. Martin serves on a number of bodies including the Council of the Law Society, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal and CORU. An experienced communicator he regularly presents on Solicitors Growth a training platform for Solicitors. In addition he frequently delivers  seminars to his colleagues particularly on AML. For the past five years he has been President of the Wexford Solicitors Association. He is former Chair of Feachtas Ealaíon Teo , the “Ros Tapestry “ and is a Senator of Junior Chamber International. He learned to bake in lockdown and his sourdough is now an alternate source of income for him!

Joint Managing Partner, Bourke, Carrigg & Loftus

Rosemarie Loftus is a practising Solicitor, having enrolled with the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland in 1991, she is now Junior Vice President of the Law Society. 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 four 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, current elected Counsel Member of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland and serving on several Committees of the Law Society of Ireland including Conveyancing, Litigation, Professional Indemnity Insurance, Regulatory Committees, Finance Committee, Investment Committee and several Task Forces. Former President of the Mayo Solicitors’ Bar Association. Member of Chamber of Commerce and current Council Member of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland and Accredited Mediator.

Conor MacGuill, Solicitors, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Conor MacGuill is a Solicitor and Principal in the firm of Conor MacGuill, Solicitors, based in Dundalk. He is a steering committee member of the Law Society Skillnet. He is a former President of the County Louth Solicitors Bar Association and a committee member of the Litigation Committees of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and the Law Society of Ireland. He appears regularly in all courts of criminal and civil jurisdiction.

Practising Solicitor and Principal of Sonia McEntee Solicitors

Sonia McEntee is a practising solicitor and principal of Sonia McEntee Solicitors, now principally based in Cavan. She qualified in 1998, and holds Bachelor in Civil Law and Master of Laws (European Law) from UCD. Having practised predominantly in property, company, family and succession law areas, she now manages a busy niche practice with a focus on the law as it affects multi-unit developments and the regulation of property professionals. She set up the Sole Practitioner Network in 2009, a forum for solicitors to provide guidance and support to one another during the recession. She was elected first on to the Law Society Council in 2012, and most recently when she topped the poll in the 2019 election and the 2021 election. She has served on several committees of the Law Society including Regulation of Practice and Taxation, and currently chairs the PR Committee. She is also a member of the e-conveyancing taskforce and of Law Society Finuas Skillnets Steering Group which works to deliver current and cost-effective CPD to solicitors. She has also delivered many CPD seminars, and participated in numerous panel discussions on issues affecting the profession. She was also the recipient of the Sole Practitioner Award at the inaugural Irish Law Awards in 2012

Practising Solicitor and Principal of M. McLoughlin &Co. Solicitors

Michelle McLoughlin is a practising solicitor and principal of M. McLoughlin &Co. in Sligo. She has over 20 years’ experience in business law, corporate and company law, data protection, employment law, intellectual property, succession planning and taxation. Michelle has particular experience in corporate law and taxation. As well as being a solicitor she is a tax consultant and registered trade mark agent. Much of her practise involves corporate law and taxation consultancy for other law firms.
She is also a knowledge lawyer for A&L Goodbody LLP.
Michelle teaches extensively at the Law School of the Law Society of Ireland on the Professional Practice Courses and she also delivers many CPD seminars.

Solicitor & Principal, Brian J McMullin Solicitors

Brian McMullin has been a practicing Solicitor for 30 years and is the Principal of Brian J McMullin Solicitors (Incorporating VP McMullin Ballyshannon). The firm has offices in South Dublin, Killybegs and Ballyshannon. He is also on the Roll of Solicitors in N. Ireland and in England and Wales. He has a strong litigation and commercial law background and his firm also provides specialist legal services to a number of public bodies. He is actively involved in commercial dispute resolution and is also an experienced personal injury plaintiff and defence litigator. He has been involved in the regulation of the Solicitors profession since 2008, initially as a member of the Regulation of Practice Committee and he also chaired a division of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for ten years from 2012. He is an accredited Arbitrator and Mediator and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also an active member of various Law Society Committees including the Litigation Committee and the ADR Committee and he is vice chair of the Money Laundering Reporting Committee. He holds Diplomas in Judicial Skills and Decision Making, International Commercial Arbitration, Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring and in Property and Taxation . He also holds a Certificate in Business and Human Rights from the Council of Europe. He was appointed by the Council of the Law Society of Ireland in 2020 as chair of the Legal Services Excellence Standard Steering Committee having previously served as a member of the original Working Group. In 2022 he was elected to the Council of the Law Society of Ireland. Brian and his firm were finalists at the Irish Law Awards  2019 and 2021.

Barrister and Writer

Henry Murdoch, author, director and retired barrister, is the original author of “Murdoch’s Dictionary of Irish Law“, now in its 6th edition as “Murdoch and Hunt’s Dictionary of Irish Law“, published by Bloomsbury Professional. Originally a chartered engineer, Henry was called to the Irish bar in 1966. He is a former member of Tenancy Tribunals, Mental Health Tribunals, and of the disciplinary process for pharmacists. He is currently Chairman of the National Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. In 2014 he wrote a memoir of his teenage years in County Clare – “Remembering Killaloe” – published by The Liffey Press. He is currently the consulting editor with Dr Brian Hunt, solicitor, of the online product “Murdoch and Hunt’s Encyclopedia of Irish Law” published by Bloomsbury Professional.

His most recent book “Apartment Living in Ireland – A Practical Handbook for Owners, Owners Management Companies and Managing Agents” was published by Lonsdale Law Publishing in November 2022.

Solicitor and Management Consultant

Anne Neary qualified as a solicitor, having obtained a BCL from UCD and an LLM from Yale Law School. 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.

Head of Legal, Veterinary Council of Ireland

Aideen practises in the area of professional regulatory and disciplinary law and is Head of Legal at the Veterinary Council of Ireland. Aideen was awarded a Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law from UCD in 2003 and a LL.M in Commercial Law from UCD in 2004 and qualified as a solicitor in 2009. She has a Diploma in Judicial Skills and Decision Making (Law Society of Ireland) and holds various appointments as Chairperson of the Greyhound Racing Appeal Committee of Rásaíocht Con Éireann, a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland’s Fitness to Practise Committee, a Board Member of the Private Security Authority and a member of the Law Society’s In-house and Public Sector Committee.

Solicitor and Notary Public, Past President Law Society

Michael V O’Mahony, Solicitor and Notary Public, Past President of Law Society

Solicitor and Partner,  JRAP O’Meara Solicitors LLP 

Juli Rea is a Solicitor and Partner in the commercial law firm of JRAP O’Meara Solicitors LLP specialising in the area of Banking and Property law.
Juli is a Past President of the Southern Law Association and is a current Council member, acting as 2022-2023 CPD coordinator. Juli is former member of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland (Regulation of Practise Committee) and a current member of the Law Societies Money
Laundering Reporting Sub Committee.
Juli currently mentors under the Law Societies Women in Leadership Mentoring programme. She has also been a participant in the Equality Diversity and Inclusion and Women in Leadership promotional campaigns for the Law Society of Ireland and is a member of a Safeguarding Committee for a national charity.
Juli qualified as a Solicitor in 1995 and, having trained with a sole practitioner, has worked in a variety of firms of different sizes and specialisations since that time.

Juli lectures and teaches extensively for the Law Society Law School, is part of the External Academic panel for the School of Law, University College Cork and has also taught at a number of higher level colleges in the Munster Region.
Juli has past experience acting as a judge for a number of skills-based competitions held by both Law Society of Ireland Law School and University College Cork and is very much looking forward to being involved with the judging panel for this years Irish Law Awards.

LLP Solicitors

Gemma qualified as a solicitor in 2000 having trained under the then Chairman of the Law Society Conveyancing Committee, Brendan McDonald of P C Moore & Co. She then spent seven years in the private client department as an Associate Solicitor of A & L Goodbody and is a partner in Stack LLP Solicitors. She was appointed as a legal representative by the Mental Health Commission in 2009 to represent involuntary detained patients at Mental Health Tribunals pursuant to the Mental Health Act 2001. For the last twelve years she has been a partner in P & G Stack in Maynooth. A member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners since 2008, she has been a Law Society of Ireland tutor in trusts and estates since 2009 and a committee member of the Law Society Probate, Administration & Trusts Committee since 2015. Gemma’s particular interests are in wills/trusts, estate administration and litigation and in mental health law.