A LEADING Limerick solicitors practice has been named the best law firm in the province.
Holmes O’Malley Sexton, based in Henry Street in the city centre, was named the Munster Provincial Law Firm of the year at the inaugural National Irish Bank Irish Law Awards at a ceremony in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel.
Holmes O’Malley Sexton beat off competition from another Limerick firm Sweeney McGann, as well as companies in Clare and Cork to land the title.
More than 100 legal firms, individuals, law schols and departments in the corporate sector were nominated for the various awards.
Commenting on the prize, managing partner Harry Fehily said: “We continually strive for excellence in everything we do. I would like to pay tribute to the dedication, technical excellence and the calibre of our staff. This award is recognition from clients of our consistent commitment to client service. We hope our expertise, experience and ability to adapt to changing circumstances will continue to help clients in the business and legal challenges they face in this challenging economic climate.”
The awards were hosted by broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan, and featured an opening address by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
The winners in each of the twenty seven categories were selected by an adjudication panel chaired by Dr. Eamonn G. Hall.
Other judges included Maurice Gaffney, solicitor Kevin O’Higgins and legal academic Dr Elaine Fahy.
The winner of the Law Firm of the Year was Dublin-based corporate law firm William Fry, solicitors.
The judges said it demonstrated exceptional achievements in 2011 offering high-quality legal services with an impressive depth of expertise throughout the firm”.