Lorraine Power is a Partner in our property department and our corporate and commercial department. She joined the firm in 2013.
Lorraine is a property solicitor with extensive experience, having practised in this area continuously since she qualified in 1992. Her expertise are in commercial property, banking, construction, insolvency and corporate recovery, and licensing. Clients include individuals, financial institutions (including receivers appointed by such institutions), developers and statutory bodies.
She has acted on behalf of a number of lending institutions, drafting and finalising the security of the lending institutions and enforcing such securities.
Lorraine is experienced in corporate matters dealing with corporate investments, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder exits, shareholders’ agreements, due diligence in advance of large corporate transactions and re-organisations of group structures. This year Lorraine was part of the team which worked on the successful IPO of Yew Grove REIT plc.
She has also advised on liquidations, receiverships and proceedings under the Bankruptcy Acts. In the early 1990s Lorraine acted on behalf of one of the first successful “arranging debtors” to emerge from the arranging debtor procedure under the Bankruptcy Act 1988.
Lorraine acts on behalf of many developer clients in the acquisition of development lands, the structuring of development schemes and the ultimate disposal of entire developments.
She advises individual clients, developers and statutory bodies on issues such as part-performance of contracts, retention planning permission problems, building regulation issues and issues arising from the Family Home Protection Act legislation.
Lorraine also advises on all aspects of landlord and tenant law including commercial retail landlords and tenants in relation to the creation of new leases and the disposal of both the landlord’s interests and the tenant’s interests in such units.
Lorraine has extensive experience in dealing with statutory bodies and has acted for them in the acquisition and registration of Wayleaves and Compulsory Purchase Order. She has advised in respect of the realignment of a national primary road and acted on behalf of the Local Authority in relation to the compulsory acquisition of lands for the purpose of creation of roads, and in injunction proceedings in order to demolish property to enable the construction of a road to proceed.
Lorraine has advised in relation to the provisions of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 relating to “works orders” which ultimately led to the statutory body obtaining one of the first orders obtained in the country under the new legislation to ensure that the re-development of a commercial property could proceed.
She also specialises in licensing for private clients, corporates and public bodies. Lorraine makes applications in both District and Circuit Courts for a wide variety of licenses including new publican’s licenses, restaurant certificates, restaurant licences, public dance licenses, public music and singing licenses, occasional licenses, special exemption orders and club registrations. Her experience also includes having acted on behalf of the Fire Officer of Limerick City Council for eighteen years in relation to all of the licensing applications dealt with by the Fire Officer during that time.
- Member of Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association
- NUI, Cork BCL
- Admitted to the Law Society of Ireland
‘There is good attention to detail. The objective of the client is firstly identified and the service is tailored to the needs of the client. They value your business in a personal capacity.’ ‘Helpful and friendly, practical advice.’
‘An outstanding practice of long standing. The practice does not interact with clients as solely customers of a solution, process or transaction but as partners with whom the firm participates in mutual long-term benefit and pride. Harry Fehily is totally committed to the best interest of his client. Pat McInerney is a generalist of no limit because his good sense knows no boundaries. Sandra Egan makes complex aggressive transactions in acquisition and business transfer look simple. Caitriona Leahy is always well ahead of the client’s responses and delivery is her strong focus.’
Holmes O'Malley Sexton's practice is headed by Limerick-based Sandra Egan and Dublin-based duo Lorraine Power and Harry Fehily. The firm's Limerick office has strong connections to the local region with clients including the University of Limerick and Limerick 2030 Strategic Development DAC; the team advised the latter on the Hanging Gardens office development. The Dublin office has recently been active for investment trust Yew Grove REIT on acquisitions. The team also acts in the healthcare, retail and office sectors and advises on lease negotiations.
Holmes O'Malley Sexton has particular expertise in the education sector, where the team represents a number of universities, but also acts for a range of state and semi-state bodies and statutory corporations. The practice has advised on judicial review proceedings, disputes in the public sector, complaints and investigations, and public procurement issues. Based in the firm's Limerick and Dublin offices, managing partner Harry Fehily has extensive experience of judicial reviews and regulatory investigations, while Pat McInerney regularly acts for public bodies in litigation, including professional negligence, defamation, breach of contract and property-related cases.
'Very knowledgeable and easy to communicate with' 'They are capable, experienced and commercial'
Holmes O'Malley Sexton provides services across Ireland, with offices in Dublin, Limerick and, as of June 2019, Cork, and also has an office in London. The team is particularly active in property finance, advising on a number of high-profile development finance matters, and also advises on M&A financing and restructuring transactions. In Limerick, the 'learned and astute' Lisa Killeen, who was made up to partner in October 2019, is noted for her expertise in construction finance.
Holmes O'Malley Sexton’s team was boosted by the promotion of Limerick-based Sandra Egan to the partnership, and the hire of Michael Carrigan, who joined the Dublin office from Eugene F. Collins. Egan, who heads the practice, was instructed by Dublin City Council on a number of matters including the acquisition of housing units.
Holmes O'Malley Sexton’s ‘approachable and proactively helpful team’ was active on a number of lender side deals for domestic banks and alternative lenders. Limerick-based senior associate Lisa Killeen is the main contact.
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Holmes O’Malley Sexton continued to provide transactional advice to a range of investment funds, corporates and state entities. The ‘approachable’ Sandra Egan in Limerick and senior associate Lorraine Power in Dublin are key contacts.
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