As we look towards a new year it is a time for celebration, reflection and for remembering the continued commercial achievements intermingled with profound personal loss.
Challenges and opportunities lie ahead as the firm enters its fiftieth year of practice by continuing to serve our clients from our four offices in London, Dublin, Limerick and Cork.
Four years ago, we set out on a corporate journey with our partners, Ingenium Training & Consulting, entitled ‘HOMS 2020: Getting Ahead of the Curve’. Our practice has grown and developed. It has been a transformative process, guided by Dr. Hugh O’Donnell and his successor, Dr. James Ring, and inspired by the talent of our workforce.
Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s success is built upon the strength of its people. I am proud that this continues to be the case at a time when our team is expanding through the appointment of four newly qualified solicitors. I am also proud to welcome Lisa Killeen as our new Partner in the Banking and Finance Unit who will develop our Construction services. Our team has achieved further academic, professional and personal successes as well as managing to raise in excess of €20,000 for a variety of charity fund raising initiatives.
There were multiple highlights over the course of the last year: we sponsored the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association Annual Dublin conference which presented the insurance sector challenges in a different context and contributed to an important national conversation. Our defence casualty unit has played an important part in the fight against insurance fraud by successfully having fraudulent personal injuries claims struck out. We were proud to successfully represent Riu Plaza, owner of the Gresham Hotel, in a case which garnered significant media attention. We advised upon the sale of Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home to Brindley Healthcare and we built on the excellent body of work for the Yew Grove fund by being appointed on behalf of Domus Social Housing Fund, at a time when the question of homelessness has never been a more pressing concern.
We share our grief for the loss of our dear colleague and friend Kevin Doughan. His memory will be celebrated by all who knew him. His loss reminds us of the importance and strength of the community at Holmes O’Malley Sexton between our clients, colleagues and friends who have supported us. We offer our deepest condolences to Kevin’s family – Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
We thank both our clients and our team for their continued support. We wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas.
Harry Fehily, Managing Partner
Holmes O’Malley Sexton