VP McMullan scoops third award

Miriam O'Callaghan (broadcaster) presents the Irish Award to Brian McMullin (Partner) and Bernadette Smith (Partner) of McMullin Solicitors
Miriam O'Callaghan (broadcaster) presents the Irish Award to Brian McMullin (Partner) and Bernadette Smith (Partner) of McMullin Solicitors

The well known Law Firm VP McMullin Solicitors with offices in Letterkenny, Ballybofey, Ballyshannon and Dublin received the Ulster Law Firm of the year Award (Larger firms Category) for the third year running at the Irish Law Awards 2014 in Dublin last week. The firm offers legal services spanning the business, private and public sectors. Partners Brian McMullin and Bernadette Smith accepted the award on behalf of the firm. VP McMullin was the only Law Firm in the Northwest to receive an Award.

Founded in 1921 by Vincent P. McMullin, the firm has expanded over the years incorporating the former law firms of Ward & Co. (Raphoe), Wm.T. McMenamin & Son (Ballybofey) and Brittons (Ballyshannon). VP McMullin Solicitors is now one of the largest Law firms in west and northwest of Ireland.

Speaking of the firm’s success Managing Partner Mr. James Sweeney commented “We are again delighted to be honoured with this very prestigious award. Providing a quality legal service to all our clients in the most effective and cost efficient manner has always been our focus.

“We achieve this through the hard work and dedication of all our support staff, Solicitors and Partners and also through the effective use of technology and quality systems.”

VP McMullin achieved the Q6000 Gold legal Quality Standard in October 2013 and the firm has also further developed its online presence over the past year.

Now in its third year the Irish Law Awards provide an opportunity for those working at the forefront of the Irish legal profession to be recognised alongside their European and International peers.

The awards acknowledge excellence and recognise the outstanding achievements and exemplary practices of leading law firms, legal practitioners and in-house legal teams across the country.

The nominations were judged, and the winners were selected after deliberation by an adjudication panel of 20 leading national and international legal experts, headed by Chairman Dr. Eamonn Hall.

Dr. Hall is principal of EG Hall & Co., former chairman of the Law Reporting Council for Ireland and currently a board member of the Irish Centre for European Law and member of the Governing Council of the Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland.

Dr. Hall said: “Lawyers of all hues play an influential role in the lives of all who live on the island of Ireland.

“In the complex web of legal relationships, society needs lawyers. Of course lawyers do not exist for their own sake; lawyers must remember they serve their fellow man and woman.”

A lifetime achievement award was presented to Mr 97-year-old Maurice Gaffney, SC, who has practised law for almost 60 years.

Hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan, the awards ceremony took place in The Four Seasons Hotel Dublin .