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.

Key Dates:

  • 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 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.

Aoife Hennessy, Partner, Sweeney McGann
Aoife Hennessy is the lead solicitor in the Commercial Litigation and Employment Law Teams of Sweeney McGann, which is one of the leading legal practises in the mid-west region. She advises a number of multinational companies in the high tech, pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics sectors. Aoife also provides specialist advice on capacity related issues to a number of state-funded Heath care organisations. Her Qualifications and Memberships are:- BA Legal Science & Economics (NUIG) 1994, LLB (NUIG) 1996, Qualified as a Solicitor 1999- Incorporated Law Society Of Ireland, Certificate in Employment (UCD) 2001, Diploma in Environmental & Planning Law (Law Society of Ireland) 2011, CEDR Accredited Mediator 2014. Aoife was recently appointed to the CORU Disciplinary Panel.
Richard Hammond
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 (of which he is currently Vice-President). He is involved in a number of committees of the Law Society of Ireland including the Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee (of which he is currently Chairperson), the Education Committee, the Probate, Administration & Trusts Committee, and the Gazette Editorial Board. Richard was previously President of the Union of Students in Ireland.

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

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?!

Henry Murdoch, Barrister and Writer
Henry Murdoch, barrister and writer, is the original author of “Murdoch’s Dictionary of Irish Law”, first published in 1988 by Topaz Publications and now in its 6th edition by solicitor Dr. Brian Hunt and Bloomsbury Professional. Henry continues his connection with the Dictionary as its Consulting Editor. He also has had many articles published on all aspects of Irish law and on corporate governance. Originally a chartered engineer, Henry was called to the Irish bar in 1966. He has had a 55-year career in the private and public sectors, ranging from engineering, waste management, training, health services, banking, to vocational and medical rehabilitation. He is currently Chairman of the National Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Dun Laoghaire. He is a former member of Tenancy Tribunals, Mental Health Tribunals, and of the governing council in London of City & Guilds Institute. Henry is author of “Invention and the Irish Patent System” published in 1971 by the Administrative Research Bureau, Dublin University, and 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 of the online product “Murdoch and Hunt’s Encyclopaedia of Irish Law” published by Bloomsbury Professional.
Anne Neary, Solicitor and Management Consultant

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, 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 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 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.
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.