Two of Limerick’s top law firms are to amalgamate

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The partners at the newly merged Keating Connolly Sellors, left to right: Ronan Hynes, Miriam O'Connor, Ian Sheehy and managing partner Stephen Keogh. Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters
TWO of Limerick’s leading law firms are to set to merge and create one of the city’s largest practices in the process.

TWO of Limerick’s leading law firms are to set to merge and create one of the city’s largest practices in the process.

Connolly Sellors Geraghty and Keating and Keogh are to merge to create one single firm. The new company will be known as Keating Connolly Sellors, and will employ 30 people.

Historically, this is the first merger of its size outside Dublin, with two mid-sized firms strategically merging to create a larger legal resource to handle business.

The two offices will remain in place at O’Connell Street and Glentworth Street in Limerick city.

Stephen Keogh, who practices in corporate law, will lead the firm as managing partner with the support of the firm’s five other partners.

They are: Joseph Murphy (litigation), Eugene Cush (commercial property), Ian Sheehy (private client), Miriam O’Connor (property) and Ronan Hynes (civil and commercial litigation).

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Mr Keogh said: “Mergers can often be associated with downsizing and pooling resources, however, in our case it is very much the opposite. This merger will allow us to give access to the very best of professional advice across all the legal disciplines including corporate banking, commercial property, litigation and family law.”

He said that it was his hope that companies in Limerick would no longer need to approach the ‘big five’ law firms in Dublin for advice.

“Keating Connolly Sellors has the legal expertise to handle both the largest and smallest clients here in Limerick,” he explained.

Mr Keogh also outlined that Keating Connolly Sellors plan to expand rapidly by employing further legal professionals by the end of 2015.

The merger will be confirmed at a ceremony in King John’s Castle to be attended by Finance Minister Michael Noonan this Friday evening.