I am a qualified solicitor with 9 years post qualification experience.  I have worked in private practice for a number of years dealing with private clients and advocating before the courts.  I have spent the last three years practising as an in house solicitor for Bank of Ireland, now leading a team of 6 within the Mortgage Arrears Support Unit.  My role primarily involves reporting to various stakeholders within the bank, ensuring the timely management and progression of debt recovery cases, monthly/weekly and daily reporting.     

Work History

Work History
Oct 2012 - Present

Team Lead Solicitor, Legal Services Department

Bank of Ireland

New Century House, Mayor Street, Dublin 1

Having joined as a solicitor on the legal team of the Mortgage Arrears Support Unit, I was responsible for a portfolio of cases in which litigation had initiated or was about to issue seeking judgment, possession orders and also dealing with the appointments of Receivers.  Due to organisational demands, in April 2014, I was promoted to Lead Solicitor of a new distinct team within the Legal Department which  was responsible for all debt recovery cases relating to residential mortgages within Bank of Ireland.

My primary responsibilities are:

  • Overseeing the management of  a large portfolio of cases circa 1000+.
  • Provision of relevant information at regular intervals and on demand detailing case progression to senior management within the Bank
  • Instructing panel solicitors to commence litigation, actively following up on cases and giving instructions where required. 
  • Approval and swearing of Affidavit required in circuit court and high court actions
  • Participating in appointment and on-going review of panel solicitors
  • Provision of regular presentations on various relevant legal topics to case managers, credit and underwriting department internally e.g advising on various options re enforcement of judgments, relevance of Code of Conduct on mortgage arrears, effects of bankrupty, personal insolvency  etc
  • Guiding and supporting other key areas within the bank and linking in with securities department where security not perfected, additional security required etc...
  • Maintaining and developing Management Information systems to ensure speedy provision of relevant data
  • Keeping abreast of and providing regular updates of relevant case law and its impact on "business as usual" within the bank.

Mar 2007 - Oct 2012


Partners at Law Solicitors

8 Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin

Having joined Partners at Law as a Trainee Solicitor, I was retained as a Solicitor once I qualified in 2007.

I worked in the Litigation department dealing with both civil and criminal litigation cases, running cases myself before the district court and circuit court and attending counsel before the High Court and Circuit Court.  My primary responsibilities were as follows:

  • Taking instructions from clients
  • Drafting pleadings eg summonses, affidavits
  • Attending court daily, prosecuting cases for clients such as Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, defending civil and criminal cases
  • Seeking Judgment in debt collection cases and enforcing the Judgment where appropriate to include seeking instalment orders, committal orders, instruction of sheriff
  • Instructing counsel where appropriate
  • Member of district court family law legal aid panel
  • Appearing before district court and circuit court seeking access, maintenance and remedies under the Domestic Violence legislation for clients.
  • Licensing applications

Jan 2003 - Mar 2007

Trainee Solicitor

Partners at Law Solicitors

As trainee solicitor, I gained extensive experience in this general practice mid size firm. I spent lenghty periods working in the Conveyancing, Commercial Department, Criminal LItigation, Civil Litigation and family law departments learning from and assisting each Partner in each separate area. 

Dec 2001 - 2002

English Teacher

Language World
English Teacher to adult company employees in Turin, Italy


Mar 2007 - Present

Entry on to Roll of Solicitors

Law Society of Ireland

2003 - 2004

LLM Master's Degree in European Law

University College Dublin

1998 - 2001

BCL Degree in Law

University College Dublin

Grade 2:2


Leaving Certificate

Institute of Education, Leeson St, Dublin 2

1 A and 5 Bs - all Higher Level

1992 - 1998

Secondary Education

Carndonagh Community School, County Donegal


Music, travel and following various sport