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Hilary O'Connor
Principal of Maurice Leahy Wade & Co

Hilary O’Connor graduated with an LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Law Degree in 2000 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2005. She joined Maurice Leahy Wade in 2008 after three years in general practice in County Mayo. Hilary worked alongside Maurice for eight years and took over as principal of the firm in 2017.

She is an accredited Mediator with the International Mediation Institute.

Hilary is also a holder of a Diploma in Employment Law and represents both employers and employees in all fora. She also represents clients in the area of Medical Negligence and Family Law.

Hilary brings a calm voice of experience for clients in what can be stressful contentious issues.
Hilary O'Connor
Principal of Maurice Leahy Wade & Co

Hilary O’Connor graduated with an LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Law Degree in 2000 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2005. She joined Maurice Leahy Wade in 2008 after three years in general practice in County Mayo. Hilary worked alongside Maurice for eight years and took over as principal of the firm in 2017.

She is an accredited Mediator with the International Mediation Institute.

Hilary is also a holder of a Diploma in Employment Law and represents both employers and employees in all fora. She also represents clients in the area of Medical Negligence and Family Law.

Hilary brings a calm voice of experience for clients in what can be stressful contentious issues.
Emma Thunder
Solicitor

Emma joined Maurice Leahy Wade and Company in 2018, having previously headed up a busy Conveyancing department in south Dublin. She has worked primarily in the area of Conveyancing since 2006, and qualified as a solicitor in 2012.

Emma’s primary degree is Business Management and was awarded the prestigious Department of Management Award in 2006. She has also been honoured with an award from the Law Society for her examination performance.

Emma has a passion for property law and her client’s best interest are always her number one focus. Emma works alongside Deirdre to ensure that the client receives the best possible service and is kept continuously informed. Her aim is to make the process as seamless and stress free as possible for clients.

Emma also looks after all Wills and Probate matters.
Emma Thunder
Solicitor

Emma joined Maurice Leahy Wade and Company in 2018, having previously headed up a busy Conveyancing department in south Dublin. She has worked primarily in the area of Conveyancing since 2006, and qualified as a solicitor in 2012.

Emma’s primary degree is Business Management and was awarded the prestigious Department of Management Award in 2006. She has also been honoured with an award from the Law Society for her examination performance.

Emma has a passion for property law and her client’s best interest are always her number one focus. Emma works alongside Deirdre to ensure that the client receives the best possible service and is kept continuously informed. Her aim is to make the process as seamless and stress free as possible for clients.

Emma also looks after all Wills and Probate matters.
Niamh Kelly
Solicitor
Niamh Kelly joined Maurice Leahy Wade & Co in 2022 and brings with her over 20 years of legal expertise and experience to the team. She holds a BA in Economics & Politics from UCD and a Diploma in Legal Studies. She was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2001, and later to the Roll of Solicitors in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Niamh completed the Scottish Law exams in 2010 and is also qualified to practice in Scotland. In addition, she holds a Diploma in Commercial Law.

Niamh has extensive knowledge in the area of conveyancing, but focuses primarily on the areas of plaintiff litigation, medical negligence, wills, probate, Enduring Power of Attorney’s and Ward of Court, both applications and dismissal. Working alongside Devora, Niamh ensures that the wealth of their combined experience translates into excellent outcomes for clients.
Niamh Kelly
Solicitor
Niamh Kelly joined Maurice Leahy Wade & Co in 2022 and brings with her over 20 years of legal expertise and experience to the team. She holds a BA in Economics & Politics from UCD and a Diploma in Legal Studies. She was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2001, and later to the Roll of Solicitors in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Niamh completed the Scottish Law exams in 2010 and is also qualified to practice in Scotland. In addition, she holds a Diploma in Commercial Law.

Niamh has extensive knowledge in the area of conveyancing, but focuses primarily on the areas of plaintiff litigation, medical negligence, wills, probate, Enduring Power of Attorney’s and Ward of Court, both applications and dismissal. Working alongside Devora, Niamh ensures that the wealth of their combined experience translates into excellent outcomes for clients.
Reception & Administration

Áine takes care of our clients here in Maurice Leahy Wade & Co by answering the phones and carrying out all administrative tasks which contribute to the smooth running of business. Áine has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Limerick, and following the completion of a Master’s degree in 2011, was employed as a Parliamentary Coordinator in Dáil Éireann. She worked directly alongside TDs assisting them in all matters relating to their parliamentary and committee business. Áine enjoys providing a first-class service to clients and support staff alike, and lives locally in Swords.
Reception & Administration

Áine takes care of our clients here in Maurice Leahy Wade & Co by answering the phones and carrying out all administrative tasks which contribute to the smooth running of business. Áine has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Limerick, and following the completion of a Master’s degree in 2011, was employed as a Parliamentary Coordinator in Dáil Éireann. She worked directly alongside TDs assisting them in all matters relating to their parliamentary and committee business. Áine enjoys providing a first-class service to clients and support staff alike, and lives locally in Swords.
Nicola McGrath
Litigation and Medical Negligence Executive

Nicola joined Maurice Leahy Wade Co in 2016 and has over twenty years experience in general practice.

Nicola assists Hilary O’Connor in the areas of Litigation, Medical Negligence and Family Law.
Nicola McGrath
Litigation and Medical Negligence Executive

Nicola joined Maurice Leahy Wade Co in 2016 and has over twenty years experience in general practice.

Nicola assists Hilary O’Connor in the areas of Litigation, Medical Negligence and Family Law.
Deirdre Hannaford
Property Legal Executive

Deirdre joined Maurice Leahy Wade and Company in 2018. She has many years’ experience in dealing with conveyancing files, in particular assisting with residential sales and purchases. She has a valuable array of expertise and knowledge in residential and commercial transactions and qualified as a Legal Executive from Griffith College in 2004. Deirdre began her career in Swords many years ago before moving into a large city practice in the latter years, and has invaluable local knowledge.

Deirdre works closely alongside Emma on all conveyancing matters and is a vital member of the Conveyancing team.
Deirdre Hannaford
Property Legal Executive

Deirdre joined Maurice Leahy Wade and Company in 2018. She has many years’ experience in dealing with conveyancing files, in particular assisting with residential sales and purchases. She has a valuable array of expertise and knowledge in residential and commercial transactions and qualified as a Legal Executive from Griffith College in 2004. Deirdre began her career in Swords many years ago before moving into a large city practice in the latter years, and has invaluable local knowledge.

Deirdre works closely alongside Emma on all conveyancing matters and is a vital member of the Conveyancing team.
Devora Edwards
Legal Secretary

Devora joined the Maurice Leahy Wade & Co team in 2022 and has a long career background providing first class administrative support to high level teams. She is a qualified Legal Executive and graduated from Griffith College in 2018 with a Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice. Devora also holds a professional diploma in Administration from UCD and works alongside solicitor Niamh Kelly in all matters relating to probate, litigation and medical negligence, among other matters.
Devora Edwards
Legal Secretary

Devora joined the Maurice Leahy Wade & Co team in 2022 and has a long career background providing first class administrative support to high level teams. She is a qualified Legal Executive and graduated from Griffith College in 2018 with a Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice. Devora also holds a professional diploma in Administration from UCD and works alongside solicitor Niamh Kelly in all matters relating to probate, litigation and medical negligence, among other matters.
Maurice Leahy (Deceased)
Founding principal 1988 -2016

Maurice Leahy was the founding Principal Solicitor of Maurice Leahy & Co in Killester which he set up in 1988 having worked for a number of years in private practice.

Maurice acquired Wade & Co and moved to Swords in 2001. Maurice worked in all areas of property law and in contentious litigation. He relished general practice because of it’s diverse nature and enjoyed meeting people of all hues. 

His ease and confidence with people was reassuring for clients who knew he had their best interests at heart.  Maurice epitomised integrity.  His great sense of justice meant that he took on more than a few battles, just because it was the right thing to do – even when the clients might not be in a position to afford the legal costs.  Maurice worked tirelessly for his clients right up until he passed away in April 2016.  We miss him greatly and try to do justice to his legacy of integrity every day.
Maurice Leahy (Deceased)
Founding principal 1988 -2016

Maurice Leahy was the founding Principal Solicitor of Maurice Leahy & Co in Killester which he set up in 1988 having worked for a number of years in private practice.

Maurice acquired Wade & Co and moved to Swords in 2001. Maurice worked in all areas of property law and in contentious litigation. He relished general practice because of it’s diverse nature and enjoyed meeting people of all hues. 

His ease and confidence with people was reassuring for clients who knew he had their best interests at heart.  Maurice epitomised integrity.  His great sense of justice meant that he took on more than a few battles, just because it was the right thing to do – even when the clients might not be in a position to afford the legal costs.  Maurice worked tirelessly for his clients right up until he passed away in April 2016.  We miss him greatly and try to do justice to his legacy of integrity every day.

 


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