Gallagher Shatter Solicitors

About Us

The firm of Gallagher Shatter was founded over 35 years ago by the late Richard F. Gallagher. Brian Gallagher joined the firm in 1972 and Alan Shatter in 1976. They became partners in 1977. Aidan Reynolds became a partner in 1991. Ciara Matthews joined the firm in 1996. Mary O'Herlihy joined the firm in 1998. Elaine Given joined the firm in 2005 and Ken Breen joined in 2006. Catherine Ghent joined the firm in 2011. In February 1998 the firm of Kevin O'Herlihy & Company merged with Gallagher Shatter bringing with it a substantial commercial and industrial conveyancing caseload.

The firm provides a professional, confidential, effective and user friendly legal service. A broad range of legal work is undertaken by solicitors who are expert in their areas of practice. The firm's legal services extend not only to the traditional areas of legal practice but also to the processing of innovative court proceedings. Over the years Gallagher Shatter has acted in major cases in which landmark judgments have been delivered which have substantially contributed to the development and modernisation of Irish Law.

Until his appointment as Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence in March 2011, Alan Shatter was the firm's Consultant on Family Law. He is the author of Shatter's Family Law", the 4th Edition of which was published by Butterworths in July 1997. 

Brian Gallagher is author of "Annotation of the Powers of Attorney Act, 1996" published by Roundhall Sweet and Maxwell in 1998, the Third Edition of which was published in October 2010. He is also co-author with Cathy Maguire BL of "Civil Service Regulation" published by Bloomsbury in May 2011. Brian Gallagher is a former President of the Dublin Solicitors' Bar Association and a former Chairman of the Conveyancing Committee of the Law Society of Ireland. Brian also prepares Expert Opinions for conveyancing negligence proceedings. His areas of expertise are Residential and Commercial Property Conveyancing and Leasing, Employment Law, Tribunal Law and Diplomatic Law.

Aidan Reynolds is the firm's Litigation Partner. He is a member of the Law Society Family Law Committee and also lectures in Family Law in the Law Society of Ireland. Aidan is a member of the Association of Collaborative Practitioners and is a fully trained Family Law Mediator. This fully recognised qualification is from the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association in association with Resolution. Resolution is a UK based organisation and was formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA). His areas of expertise are Civil Litigation, Family Law, Judicial Reviews and Employment Law.

Ciara Matthews is the author and Editor of “Irish Family Law Precedents Service” published by Thomson Roundhall. She is a member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and Family Lawyers Association.  Her areas of specialty are family law (with particular experience in child abduction, high value assets cases and pensions in family law cases) and Civil and Employment cases, including Judicial Reviews.  She has experience in all areas of family law in Ireland, including marital and non-marital relationship breakdown (including civil partnerships and cohabitees), adoption, child issues, and surrogacy.  Ciara lecturers for the Law Society of Ireland and the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association in family law and pensions.

Catherine Ghent is one of the foremost Child Law practitioners in Ireland. She is a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of Ireland. She is also a member of the National Children's Advisory Council. Catherine has been involved in a number of high profile and ground-breaking cases before the courts at all levels. She has spoken at numerous conferences as an expert in her field and regularly contributes to public debate on her areas of practice, namely Child Law, Criminal Defence Law and Human Rights Law.

Mary O'Herlihy's areas of expertise are Residential and Commercial Property Conveyancing and Leasing, Landlord and Tenant Law generally,  Probate, Wills and litigation relating to disputes connected with Wills. Mary is also an expert in Enduring Powers of Attorney and Wardship matters.

Elaine Given's area of expertise are Residential and Commerical Property Conveyancing and Leasing, Wills and Probate and Debt Collection. Elaine is a member of the Conveyancing Committee of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association

Ken Breen's areas of experise are Family Law, Employment Law and Civil Litigation. Ken is a member of the Family Lawyer's Association.

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