P.A. Duffy and Co. Solicitors are a progressive All-Ireland firm with offices in Belfast, Dungannon and Dublin.
Our team of expert solicitors have gained reputations as leaders in their specialised areas and operate in both Northern Ireland and Ireland.
We have been involved in many major cases which have shaped the law in Northern Ireland and Ireland. We continue to represent clients in cases before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the Supreme Court in London.
PA Duffy Solicitors Belfast Specialise in the Following Areas of Law:
As you will see from our solicitor profiles and expert articles P.A. Duffy & Co. Solicitors Northern Ireland and Ireland has a proven track record in a range of areas, including:
We continue to be the chosen practice for many leading businesses and private clients while also evolving to meet the demands of a fluid marketplace, particularly in the context of Brexit. To speak to one of our lawyers in Belfast, call us now on 028 8772 2102 (UK) or 01 533 7860 (IE). Alternatively, you can Make An Online Enquiry and we’ll contact you promptly.
PA Duffy Belfast Law Team
We have a full legal team available in Belfast who deal with a wide range of legal issues. Our Belfast lawyers include the following:
Conal became the youngest legal director in Ireland when he was appointed director in 2017. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2014 having graduated from Queen’s University where he received the Lord Chief Justice’s Prize for academic achievement.
He practices in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He is an expert in the areas of human rights, dispute resolution, medical negligence, fraud & financial crime.
He is regularly instructed in the most serious and high-profile cases within Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland. He currently represents clients in cases pending before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the Supreme Court in London and the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. Conal also tutors in the areas of public law and medical negligence at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Conal is also instructed in challenges against State authorities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in respect of failures to establish Public Inquiries to investigate the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in each jurisdiction. He is also the Recognised Legal Representative for NI Covid Bereaved Families for Justice in the UK Covid-19 Public Inquiry which is due to begin hearings in May 2023 in London.
Conal represented his county, Tyrone at minor level where he won an Ulster Championship medal. He has also won McRory Cup & Hogan Cup medals with his school, St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon.
In the matter of an application by JR79 for Judicial Review & in the matter of decisions taken by a school and a Health & Social Care Trust – Judicial Review, High Court Northern Ireland – Article 8 – judgment granted in favour of client (child).
In the matter of an application by TKF for Judicial Review – Judicial Review, High Court Northern Ireland – challenge to EU Regulation 4/2009 on the application & enforcement of foreign maintenance orders prior to member state becoming a member of the EU
In the matter of an application by Tadeusz Stach for Judicial Review – Judicial Review, High Court Northern Ireland – challenge to the Conservative Government policy of homeless EEA nationals
In the matter of an application by Raymond Archer for Judicial Review – Judicial Review, High Court – challenge to access to budgeting loan for a class of benefit recipients (264,000 individuals)
In the matter of an application by BMN1 for Judicial Review – Judicial Review, High Court Belfast – challenge to school/Education Authority on a decision to exclude a child with Special Educational Needs (SEN) from school/ failure to make proper educational provision
Barbara Kozyra v St James Hospital, Dublin – Medical negligence, High Court Dublin – stem cell transplant mistake resulting in avoidable death – substantial settlement
MB v Belfast Health & Social Care Trust – Medical negligence, High Court Belfast – significant injuries due to failure to administer required treatment – substantial settlement
RJ v Southern Health & Social Care Trust – Medical negligence, High Court Belfast, stroke resulting in significant brain injury
MJ (a child) v Belfast Health & Social Care Trust – Medical Negligence, High Court Belfast – catastrophic birthing injury
Southern Health & Social Care Trust v RK and in the Matter of RM (a child), Care Proceedings & Freeing for Adoption (defending) – High Court Belfast
Southern Health & Social Care Trust v LA and in the Matter of PA & RA (a child), Care Proceedings & Freeing for Adoption (defending) – High Court Belfast
Southern Health & Social Care Trust v PD and in the matter of PS & PR (a child) – Care Proceedings, High Court Belfast
R v M & others, ongoing allegation MTIC £39 million fraud
R v F & others – ongoing allegation of a £215 million money laundering
Hickson Commission – Public Inquiry, Dublin (ongoing) – The Commission will inquire into the level of knowledge of the offences committed by notorious paedophile Billy Kinneally was held by a number of organisations including An Garda Siochana, the Waterford Diocese, the South Eastern Health Board, Basketball Ireland and high profile political figures
In the Matter of a Preliminary Reference under Article 267 TFEU from the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland to the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg – Case Number 1132471 EN Preliminary Reference C-729/19
R v Djalo & Ors – Murder
R v Lawlor & 2 ORS – Rape
R v SB – Rape
Judicial Review 18 Applicants -v- An Taoiseach, Minister for Health, Minister for Finance, Attorney General Ireland – challenge to the Republic of Ireland Government’s failure to hold an investigation into nursing home deaths during Covid-19 pandemic
Recognised Legal Representative for NI Covid 19 Bereaved Families for Justice – UK COVID-19 Public Inquiry
Application by Oliver Hughes for Judicial Review and in the Matter of Decisions of The Department for Communities – challenge to the prohibition on the operation of private crematoria in Northern Ireland
Conal McGarrity was last modified: March 6th, 2023 by Chris Rowan
Kieran is a Senior Partner and heads the Private Client and Commercial Department at PA Duffy. He is a very experienced, practical and approachable lawyer and as a result is one of the leading Private Client and Commercial lawyers in Northern Ireland.
He is qualified to practice in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, England and Wales.
Kieran also holds a role as Notary Public having been appointed by the High Court in 2018.
Kieran’s areas of legal expertise include :
Residential and Commercial property sales/purchases;
Housing and Apartment development;
Inheritance tax, trusts, estate planning, estate administration and probate and estate disputes;
Liquor Licensing of pubs, restaurants, hotels and off licences for individual clients and chains.
Kieran’s expertise in these areas enables him to provide top quality advice on matters such as Company , Shareholder and property disputes, challenges to wills and professional negligence actions.
Kieran has a wide client base which includes a number of large property investors and property developers, construction businesses, industrial businesses, families, agricultural and private individuals.
advising on £50 million sale of Retail Outlet
acting in the sale of Retail Housing and Apartment Developments – examples of a few include:
50 units at Ferny Park Donaghmore ,
Mixed Development of Dwelling Houses and Apartments at Wellington Park and Upper Lisburn Road, Belfast
High End Apartment Development at Portrush, Co Antrim
30 Unit Development at Maghery, Co. Armagh
Various Commercial Unit Development and Letting at Dungannon , Moy, North Coast.
Commercial Industrial Factory and site Purchases throughout NI.
Proprietary Estoppel claims at Chancery Court involving Farmlands and Estates .
Shareholder and Director disputes involving Multi million pound companies
Kieran loves to cycle in his spare time. He also is a committed youth coach and manager with his local GAA club.
Kieran Quinn was last modified: February 17th, 2023 by Conal McGarrity
Sean commenced his role as Finance and Marketing Manager for P.A. Duffy & Co in August 2022. Benefiting from more than 25 years’ experience as a finance manager in the legal industry, Sean brings this wealth of experience to the management of all financial aspects of P.A. Duffy & Co, while also enhancing the already solid foundations around the areas of financial controls and procedures. Sean will also take the lead on reporting the Firm’s financial systems to its directors, as well as ensuring the Firm’s continued compliance with Law Society guidelines and the Solicitors Accounts Rules.
Outside of his professional reputation, Sean is a well-known personality within both national and provincial GAA circles, having served as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) with the Antrim County Board from 2016 to 2021. In this role, Sean won the coveted Ulster GAA Communication Award. Currently Sean is one of two Antrim GAA Ulster Council Delegates.
Sean will also bring his expertise in marketing and PR to the role, as he seeks to grow this aspect of P.A. Duffy & Co’s practice.
Outside of work, Sean enjoys attending sporting fixtures, completing park runs and spending time with family and friends. Sean is particularly interested in charitable work in the community. In his time as Antrim GAA PRO, Sean helped to raise over £80,000 for various charities. Sean was also the driving force behind the ‘Run for Anto’ fundraiser, which raised in excess of £15,000 for the former Antrim GAA captain, Anto Finnegan’s charity, DeterMND.
Sean is looking forward to working with an already excellent team at P.A Duffy & Co, by offering his experience and expertise to assist the Firm as it strives to reach its goals.
Sean Kelly was last modified: February 15th, 2023 by Conal McGarrity
Enda joined PA Duffy & Company as a paralegal in 2018 having graduated from Queens University Belfast with honours. After completing his apprenticeship with PA Duffy and Company Enda qualified as a solicitor and is now head of the Healthcare department in the firm.
Enda’s caseload consists of high value medical negligence claims, historical abuse claims, Inquests and Judicial Review. He is also instructed in various challenges against State authorities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in respect of failures to establish Public Inquiries to investigate the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in each jurisdiction.
Enda has a strong sense of justice and is always keen to assist the most vulnerable people in society. During his training Enda took part in a 5-week human rights internship in Cape Town, South Africa where he provided legal assistance to refugees and members of the LGBTQI community who were being subjected to discrimination. He continues to carry these values in his current workload by representing the interests of vulnerable care home residents, bereaved families, victims of historical abuse and those who have suffered significant injuries as a result of medical negligence.
Enda is a keen Gaelic footballer, he has represented County Tyrone at Minor level and continues to play for his club Galbally Pearses GAC. Enda has received an Ulster Colleges All-star award and was a member of the Elite Athlete Programme at Queens University Belfast. He is also an active member of a charity called St Ciaran’s Peregrini who provide aid to a small town in Zambia and he has visited Zambia on three occasions to assist on various community projects.
Murphy & Ors -v- An Taoiseach & Ors 2021/727JR: Ongoing Judicial Review challenge against the Irish State in respect of the failure to establish a public inquiry or another suitable investigation in to the handling of Covid-19 in Ireland;
Covid Bereaved Families for Justice NI – instructed to represent bereaved families at a public inquiry in to the handling of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland and/or the UK;
SW v OLSPCK – Judicial Review challenge against the decision of a secondary school to unlawfully remove a child from their pupils register. The challenge was conceded by the respondent and the child was re-admitted to the school;
Blessing Marindo v Department of Home Affairs for South Africa – Judicial Review challenge against the Department’s decision to withdraw refugee status and deport a blind refugee who was fleeing political violence in Zimbabwe. The challenge was conceded by the Respondents. Our client’s refugee status was reinstated and he was granted leave to remain in South Africa. Enda was an intern for an NGO known as PASSOP and worked in conjunction with the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town.
RP v KP – Road traffic accident case involving life threatening injuries where settlement of €300,000 was achieved for our client in the High Court in Dublin;
TS v AC – Accident at work case involving serious knee and leg injuries where settlement of £125,000 was achieved for our client in the High Court in Belfast;
AM v EF – Accident at work case involving serious hand injury where settlement of £100,000 was achieved for our client in the High Court in Belfast;
PL v AG – Accident at work case involving serious head injury where settlement of £100,000 was achieved for our client in the High Court in Belfast;
Enda McGarrity was last modified: March 26th, 2022 by Conal McGarrity
Emma graduated with an LLB (Hons) in Law from University of Ulster, Belfast in 2012. She worked in local general practice since then gathering expertise in various areas of law and graduated from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in 2016. Emma has been a member of the team at PA Duffy & Company since 2019.
Emma’s areas of legal expertise are Private Client & Commercial matters.
Areas of Expertise include:
Will drafting and Administration of Estates including Estate/Tax planning, as well as has extensive experience in Enduring Powers of Attorney and Controllership Applications and incidental matters dealing with the Office of Care and Protection.
Commercial & Residential conveyancing and land & property related matters
Commercial Agreements & Contracts
Company Acquisitions & Sales
Her clients value her extensive knowledge and efficiency and her ability to front load these matters and have all transactions running smoothly. Emma takes personal pride in the strong and long-lasting relationships formed with clients and ability to meet client expectations and therefore building a strong and credible client portfolio. Clients appreciate her professionalism, efficiency and attentiveness and genuine consistency in these qualities.
Emma McCaul was last modified: February 17th, 2023 by Conal McGarrity
Gary trained and worked in a prestigious law firm in Cardiff and was fortunate to work on a challenging portfolio of cases, some of which attracted the attention of the national press before joining a leading Law firm based in the Southwest of England.
Gary returned to Northern Ireland in 2003 and joined a Belfast based Practice which specialised in the provision of legal advice to the Health Service. This involved providing advice across a broad spectrum of legal issues to include the defence of medical negligence actions, defence of Judicial Review actions, advice and representation at inquests, advice in respect of Public Inquiries as well as providing advice in respect of employment law, public family law and litigation.
In the past Gary has been a guest lecturer at UUJ Jordanstown, has given presentations to medical students at QUB as well as having been a guest speaker at conferences arranged by the health service.
In his early 30’s Gary established a Belfast based legal practice which was at that time the largest single private provider of legal services to the Health Sector in NI. Gary was the senior partner in that Practice before establishing Gary N Daly Solicitors Limited in 2009 in which he developed a province wide client base before joining P A Duffy Solicitors in 2022.
Gary is a qualified solicitor advocate; he enjoys representing clients’ interests in court and has assisted with the Law Society Advocacy course for a number of years.
Gary is pleased to have joined the established and expanding team of solicitors specialising in medical negligence cases at PA Duffy Solicitors.
Gary hopes that his experience acquired in this specialist area of law will add to the delivery of what has become a leading expert team in Northern Ireland & Dublin.
Gary Daly was last modified: September 21st, 2022 by Conal McGarrity
Carla studied Corporate Law and graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway in 2009, she then completed a Postgraduate qualification in 2010. Carla qualified as a solicitor in 2013 after completing her solicitor training at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. She trained as a solicitor in a city centre law firm and practiced there until she joined PA Duffy.
Carla specialises in Matrimonial and Family Law, where her passion lies.
Carla deals with cases arising from the breakdown of relationships to include divorce, ancillary relief proceedings, division of assets upon divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships.
She has represented numerous families in proceedings concerning children such as contact and residence of children, public law cases such as care order proceedings. Carla has expertise dealing with international cases such as relocation and child abduction. Carla is known by her clients to be a source of comfort and strength as well as a knowledgeable and experienced solicitor. What makes Carla stand out is her dedication to her clients.
Carla assists local organisations and charities running clinics on family and domestic issues and speaks at events concerning domestic violence and children’s legal issues.
Carla is recognised as a specialist Children’s solicitor and is on the Children Order Panel, accredited by the Law Society of Northern Ireland.
As a blogging enthusiast Carla frequently contributes to blogs writing articles on topics ranging from current Family and Matrimonial issues to reported legal cases that are relevant to her clients and potential clients.
Carla is a Director of the Colin Surestart Board of Directors and takes pride in advising and being part of such an important organisation.
Outside of work Carla enjoys travelling and running.
Carla is committed to responding sensitively and effectively to those needing help and advice relating to Domestic violence and has attained the Workplace Charter on Domestic Violence for PA Duffy. By displaying the “Safe Place” logo in PA Duffy victims can be assured of a safe place and secure environment.
Carla is a member of Women in Business and enjoys attending events and developing her professional skills and relationships with other likeminded women.
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Carla Fraser was last modified: March 13th, 2023 by Conal McGarrity
Gabriele obtained her Bachelor’s degree from University of Salford in 2018 and Masters in Law from Queen’s University Belfast in 2020. Gabriele has also recently concluded her studies at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and qualified as a solicitor in September 2022.
Gabriele is originally from Lithuania and has lived in Dungannon for 18 years, she is bilingual and speaks fluent English and Lithuanian.
Gabriele deals primarily with Medical Negligence in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It is an area of law that she is extremely interested in and has worked in over the last 3 years.
In her spare time, Gabriele enjoys travelling, hiking, photography and reading.
Gabriele Mikstaite was last modified: November 1st, 2022 by Conal McGarrity
Seanin joined the firm in 2006. She raised through the ranks and working closely with our Mr Conal McGarrity, she now specialises in the area of non-fault road traffic litigation claims.
Seanin understands how traumatic a road accident can be for victims and their loved ones. She aims to provide the support and advice required to make road traffic accident as straight-forward as possible. Seanin has developed an excellent knowledge of the law in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in relation to road traffic litigation. She has settled various high value cases and has vast experience in settling claims across all Court tiers.
Working closely with local accident management firms, Seanin acts for car drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motorbike users and cyclists. She successfully negotiates settlement for vehicle damage, plant machinery damage, property damage and personal injury compensation.
Seanin is keen to ensure that clients are adequately compensated for less evident losses such as vehicle depreciation (in the event of repair) or any loss of income or medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident. She also prioritizes prompt payment of hire car fees, vehicle storage fees and vehicle recovery fees by liaising directly with the third-party insurance company.
Seanin is conscientious, efficient and describes herself as a perfectionist. Her aim is to ensure that clients are treated to the highest standard of fairness and justice, as is their entitlement. Previous clients have been keen to point out her relentless work ethic and her hassle free, professional approach.
Seanin is a talented middle-distance runner and regularly competes in organised running events. She is a huge supporter of the Parkrun movement can be found running or volunteering most Saturday mornings at her local event. She is a very family centric person, an avid reader and a dedicated true-crime podcast fan.
Seanin Somerville was last modified: February 17th, 2023 by Conal McGarrity
Our experienced medical negligence solicitors represent clients in a wide range of claims, including wrongful diagnosis, birth injuries and spinal injuries.
We are highly experienced in this area of law and have a strong track record of success in securing excellent compensation payments. We are often able to agree out of court settlements so that there is no need for a hearing.
We know how daunting it is to start a legal case when you are suffering from medically-induced injuries and we will do all we can to support you and give you the help you need throughout your claim. Our team will always be happy to hear from you and to answer your questions and we will keep you updated on your case as it progresses.
Our human rights team deal with a full spectrum of cases involving breaches of human rights as well as judicial review cases, to include in respect of education, institutional abuse and mother and baby homes. We work tirelessly for those who have been abused or who are vulnerable or who have received unlawful or unfair treatment.
Our lawyers are friendly and approachable and if you need to talk to us, you will find us to be sympathetic and understanding. We understand that you may be hesitant to bring a legal case and we will provide the assistance you need to secure justice.
For individuals facing allegations of fraud, the situation is likely to be extremely stressful as well as potentially damaging to a reputation and career. Our criminal team includes experts in fraud who have represented clients facing high value fraud charges in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Our services include defence to charges of money laundering, conspiracy to defraud, mortgage fraud and tax evasion. Cases are often complex and it is crucial to have an outstanding fraud expert representing you and preparing a robust defence on your behalf.
If you are buying or selling a property, you need an expert conveyancer to represent you. Having a lawyer with in-depth experience means they will be able to handle any difficulties that arise swiftly and effectively. This can be the difference between a transaction succeeding or failing.
Our residential property team have extensive experience in a wide range of transactions, to include leasehold sales and purchases, newbuild purchases, transfer of land and property and remortgaging.
We know how important it is to move quickly in a property deal and we work proactively to ensure there are no avoidable delays.
Our services for businesses are extensive and our clients rely on us for advice and guidance across many issues to include debt recovery, drafting company agreements such as share sale agreements and franchising agreements and providing regulatory advice.
We are also known for our leading expertise in commercial dispute resolution. We can work with you to try and resolve disagreements outside of court, including by way of arbitration, adjudication, and mediation. Where necessary, we will prepare a strong case for hearing and ensure you are represented by an expert advocate.
We are known as robust litigators and we routinely win cases in the areas of law that we practice, to include medical negligence, human rights, commercial, property and family law.
Our preparation is meticulous, and we will always put together the best possible case on your behalf. Because of our attention to detail and the strength of the cases we bring, we are regularly able to settle out of court.
If this is not possible, we will prepare you for court and ensure that you always have our guidance and support.
We deal with all aspects of family law, including arrangements for children, domestic violence, child abduction and adoption. We also take on all types of matrimonial cases, to include divorce and separation, financial settlements, cohabitation, and pre-nuptial agreements.
Our team are very experienced family lawyers and will be sensitive in handling your case. We understand how important the outcome will be to you and we will do all we can to secure the right result for your family.
Wills and probate
Having a valid Will in place is vital for your estate and the peace of mind of your loved ones. We work with clients to identify how they want their assets shared in the future and ensure they have the right documents in place to do this.
Our Wills and probate solicitors frequently deal with high value and complex estates and can provide expert advice however unusual your situation. As well as dealing with Wills and estate administration, we also provide in-depth estate and tax planning advice so that you can make sure your affairs are structured in the most efficient way possible.
Why Choose PA Duffy Law Firm Belfast?
We have genuine expertise and decades of experience in the areas of law we offer
Our solicitors are known for the excellent results they achieve, time after time
We put our clients first, taking the time to understand their circumstances and the results they want
Our service is second to none and you will find us easy to contact, proactive and always willing to talk through your concerns and answer your questions
We work to resolve cases constructively wherever possible, avoiding long-running legal battles by alternative means of dispute resolution
Our costs are competitive, and we will make sure they are clear from the outset. We always look for the most cost-effective solutions to your problems
PA Duffy Solicitors Belfast – Reviews
We always appreciate it when our clients take the time to leave us testimonials.
I can’t thank everyone at PA Duffy enough for helping me win my case. Conal has devoted significant time and effort to helping me recover damages for medical negligence. I have been highly impressed by the manner in which he conducted my claim and would certainly recommend his services to anyone in a similar position.
Medical negligence client
Conal McGarrity is the most determined and fearless advocate for rights. In the face of extreme hostility from the State he fought at every step and delivered a result that totally vindicated our position. The result totally changed the course of my life. The case also resulted in wide-ranging legal reform.
Human rights client
From calling PA Duffy for help we cannot fault the efficiency and professionalism we was given. We cannot thank Seanin Somerville enough for all her help and reinsurance. No matter what time of day or night, she was there to guide us through everything. No problem big or small she puts her full effort into helping us through it. After the bad experience we had with other solicitors she really reassured us through the difficult times we were experiencing. For sure!! PA Duffy will be the only people we would call on for help. Thank you so much
Seanin, I just want to say a massive thank you for all your hard work. I think yourself and PA Duffy have been brilliant from start to finish and I can’t thank you all enough. If anything, ever pops up again I will not hesitate to contact you.
Road traffic accident client
Fantastic service from Emma McCaul from start to completion on a recent house purchase. Timely communications keeping me, and my mortgage brokers updated every step of the way and responding to my queries, going the extra mile for me to ensure I had all the correct paperwork signed and rearranging the completion date for me when I had to delay at the last minute. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Emma and P.A. Duffy & Co Solicitors.
Alison Little – conveyancing client
Fantastic local firm offering a first-class service. Offering specialist services for business as well as solid legal support and advice for commercial law issues
Legal Fees, Pricing & Solicitor Costs in Belfast
We always make sure our fees are competitive and value for money. We work to keep costs low while still providing an outstanding service. Our solicitors can call on colleagues in adjacent areas of law where necessary so that we are able to provide a full service. Working together in this way not only provides an integrated service, but it means that expenses are managed efficiently, and you will receive the most cost-effective solution to your needs
Contact us for Professional Legal Advice in Belfast
We welcome enquiries and will be happy to speak to you and find out how we can help you with your legal requirements. If you would like to talk to one of our team, call us now on 028 8772 2102 (UK) or 01 533 7860 (IE). Alternatively, you can Make An Online Enquiry and we’ll contact you promptly.
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was last modified: March 22nd, 2023 by Conal McGarrity
I can’t thank everyone at PA Duffy enough for helping me win my case. Conal has devoted significant time and effort to helping me recover damages for medical negligence. I have been highly impressed by the manner in which he conducted my claim and would certainly recommend his services to anyone in a similar position.Medical negligence client