OUR PEOPLE

Pádraig Ó Muirigh
Director
Pádraig is an experienced legal practitioner who specialises in Inquest Law, Legacy Inquiries, actions against the Police, Human Rights Law, Judicial Review, Criminal Law and strategic litigation.

He is currently involved in high profile campaigns relating to the Ballymurphy Massacre, the Springhill Massacre and Kelly’s Bar bombing. He successfully applied to the local Attorney-General to have inquests re-opened into the deaths of the 10 people shot dead by the British Army in Ballymurphy in 1971.

He has also issued civil proceedings against the Ministry of Defence and British Government on behalf of hundreds of former internees in relation to the legality of Internment and their ill treatment. He is also actively involved in the progressive development of law and the promotion of equality and social justice outside the courts.

Mr Ó Muirigh supports the work of INQUEST and is a member of the Inquest Lawyers Group and Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers.

Caitlín Bunting
Solicitor
Caitlín graduated from University of Ulster in 2006 with a degree in Law & Government and qualified as a solicitor in 2010, Caitlín has over 10 years’ experience working on family law cases. 

Caitlín advises on all aspects of Family & Matrimonial Law this includes private & public law cases subject to Children Order Legislation, domestic violence, matrimonial agreements & divorces upon the breakdown of a marriage and financial settlements. Caitlín also works closely with various local community groups in provide advice in the above areas.

Caitlin has been a member of the Children's Order Panel for several years, a specialist panel of Family Law Solicitors approved and accredited by the Law Society. In 2015 Caitlín was appointed to the prestigious panel of Solicitors appointed to represent children by the Guardian Ad Litem Agency in Public Law proceedings (www.nigala.hscni.net ).
Caitlín has a particular interest in protecting the rights of Children and ensuring public bodies are challenged and held accountable when Children’s Rights are not protected or adhered to. Most recently Caitlín took a Judicial Review case challenging the Education Authority when a young child had not been placed in a school for several months. This child was from a minority community and had a Statement of Educational needs. The proceedings were successful and the child was placed into a school in a short period of time following the issuing of proceedings and had the necessary supports that he was entitled to as a child with a Statement of Educational Needs. Caitlín has also been involved in some unique family cases in the High Court involving families who are subject to the Witness Protection Scheme.

Nicholas Quinn
Solicitor
Nicholas is a Solicitor with approximately 20 years experience in the legal profession, specialising predominately in civil litigation. He is the head of the Civil Department at O’Muirigh Solicitors. He practices mainly in the following areas: Civil liberties; Judicial Review law; Human rights challenges and personal injury law/historical abuse proceedings. He also has considerable experience in criminal law; matrimonial (divorce and ancillary relief)/family law; education law and legal costs. He acts also in defamation matters and has represented a number of high profile clients in respect of libel litigation.

He has recently become involved in planning litigation and is actively involved in a number of planning disputes acting on behalf of affected residents. He has represented clients before the then House of Lords and the UK Supreme Court. He has vast experience in clinical negligence proceedings and is presently involved in a number of complex cases regarding medical treatment/defective medical products. He is also actively involved in proceedings against the State concerning the legality of the policy of Internment in the 1960’s/1970’s.

He is a member of the Committee on the Administration of Justice. He is also a member of the Belfast Solicitors Association.

He has been directly involved in various cases in which legal precedent was made. He has issued Judicial Review and personal injury proceedings against a vast number of public authorities over the years. He strives to maintain a fastidious approach to the preparation and presentation of cases. He keeps up to date with legal developments through the subscription of various publications and organisations. He prides himself in being diligent and effective as a litigator.

Kevin McDonnell
Solicitor
Kevin graduated from the University of Ulster in 2006 and was admitted as a Solicitor in 2011.

Since 2005 he has been working in criminal law and has developed extensive experience and expertise representing clients who have been arrested under PACE and the Terrorism ACT through to court representation in the Magistrates Court, Youth Court,County Court, Crown Court and the Court of Appeal.

He has a keen interest in respect of Human Rights and has been involved in Judicial Reviews challenging decisions of Public bodies including the Prison Service. He has expertise in respect of and representing clients at the various stages of the Parole process; encompassing written representations to Single Commissioner to representing clients at hearings before the Parole Panel.

He represents clients at Social Security Fraud interviews which can result in criminal proceedings and confiscation orders.

Kevin now leads the criminal department within the firm which includes complaints to the Police Ombudsman. Brockwell (Derek) Application (2017) NIQB 53

This Judicial Review against the Prison Service was taken on behalf of our client who had been transferred to this jurisdiction pending trial. Upon his arrival in Maghaberry prison he was immediately subjected to Rule 32 which is isolation from the rest of the prison population. Our client challenged the lawfulness of the original decision of the Prison decision and the subsequent decisions to continue to detain him in isolation.

The decision to impose rule 32 and the subsequent extensions granted were quashed by LJ Maguire on the grounds that they were substantively and procedurally unlawful.

Marguerite O'Halloran
Solicitor
Marguerite graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2015 and was admitted to the roll of solicitors in 2017. One area of law that Marguerite practises in is family law, including; child contact, child residence, non-molestation orders and civil injunctions. She works closes with family law specialist Caitlin Bunting in the thriving Family Law Department. Marguerite is keen to help those in difficult family situations in a familiar and relaxed manner.

Marguerite also practises in Road Traffic Accident Claims. She applies a strong ethos towards client care and ensures to offer advice and assistance to her clients so that they are supported throughout the litigation process. Her priority is always ensuring client’s needs are met and proactively resolving her client’s cases to the highest standard possible.

Eoin Murphy
Solicitor
Eoin joined the firm in August 2014 and has always been a keen advocate of human rights. Eoin initially trained in Inquest and Coronial law before moving to the Civil Litigation department which deals with a wide range of cases including Judicial Reviews challenging decisions of Public bodies, Administration of Estates, along with litigation stemming from troubles related deaths. Eoin now specialises in legacy civil actions, initiated within the High Court against the Ministry of Defence, Chief Constable of the PSNI and various other public bodies concerning legacy related deaths and injuries taken on behalf families who have lost a loved one in disputed circumstances.

In addition to individual litigation cases Eoin is also a key part of the Strategic Litigation team and is involved in a civil action on behalf of more than 200 former internees against the MoD and PSNI relating to the legality of Internment without trial in 1971-1975. He is also involved in a related appeal to the Upper Tribunal (National Security Tribunal) on behalf of former internees arising from a decision by the Secretary of State, Teresa Villiers, to issue national security certificates in relation to our client’s prison and detention papers.



Brenda Collins
Legal Secretary/ Head of Administration
Email | brenda@omuirighsolicitors.com


Colette Kearney
Legal Secretary
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Eileen Heenan
Legal Secretary
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Ciaran Kerr
Paralegal
Email | ciaran@omuirighsolicitors.com