Firm Profile > Holmes O'Malley Sexton > Limerick, Ireland

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Insurance Tier 2

Holmes O'Malley Sexton's insurance practice, which is based in the firm's Limerick office, is led by Robert Kennedy. The firm has substantial experience of defending clients against insurance claims, having acted for a number of prominent insurers. Other key contacts include Donal Creaton, Michael Murphy, Anna Owens and Pat McInerney.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Based across the firm's offices in Dublin, Limerick and Cork, the 'strong' team at Holmes O'Malley Sexton is especially active in M&A transactions, although it also advises on corporate investments, group restructurings, joint ventures and corporate governance. The team counts major domestic companies among its clients, particularly in the engineering and construction, healthcare, aviation, and food and agribusiness sectors. Dublin-based practice head George Kennedy is praised for his 'energy and enthusiasm' and 'always-on service'. In addition to corporate transactions, he regularly advises on risk awareness and mitigation.

Practice head(s):

George Kennedy


Excellent client service and a professional and experienced team.

George Kennedy and associates Shane Costelloe and Neil O’Gorman are professional, flexible and show a passion for the ultimate success of their client’s business.

Managing partner Harry Fehily has an innate talent for client service.’

George Kennedy stands out for his energy and enthusiasm. Nothing is too much trouble for him in terms of service delivery.’

The things which make HOMS unique are the speed of response and access to partners; commerciality; diligence; and value for money.’

George Kennedy will understand the transaction as a whole as a starting point and then can provide legal advice with this at the forefront of his mind. He is confident to tell you what you can and can’t live with from a legal perspective.

The team responded exceptionally quickly to ensure that a deal was closed out on a very aggressive timeline.

George Kennedy provides us with an always-on service to ensure that our business gets the support it needs, when it needs it.

They have a strong M&A team, and the ability to assign resources at short notice, meet strict deadlines and take a practical approach to reviewing and suggesting solutions.’

Knowledgeable in their respective fields, solution driven and personable.’

‘I have great confidence in utilising the services of Holmes O’Malley Sexton. Professionalism, customer service and attention to detail is evident in all our dealings with them. We have benefited from their expertise and knowledge.

George Kennedy is available at short notice and often out of hours. George is the key link for me at Holmes O’Malley Sexton. He has displayed his expertise and I have massive confidence in him.

Shane Costelloe and Neil O’Gorman are fully up to speed and readily available.

Always contactable. Extremely easy to deal with. Down to earth, no airs and graces.

Friendly and individual treatment. Available on mobile phones and always return calls if not available.

Key clients

Roadbridge Limited

H&MV Engineering Limited

Go-Ahead Group plc

DP DesignPro Limited

Novus Technical Services

ActionPoint Innovation Limited

Sheils Motor Group

Shannon Group plc

Comline Holdings Limited

Yew Grove REIT PLC

TTM Healthcare Limited

Carezapp Limited

Vale Oil

Pallas Foods/ Brakes/Sysco

Limerick 2030 Strategic Development DAC


Magellan Aviation

Biomass Heating Solutions Limited

Ingenium Training & Consulting

Albert Kerbl GmbH

Shadowman Sports

Lee Strand Co-Operative

National Flight Centre

Becloudsmart Ireland Limited

Polypico Technologies Limited

Bucas Limited

Oases Health Horizon Limited t/a Trasna

Altratech Limited

Homeland Investments Limited

Arvum Group

Hain Lifesciences GmbH

Bioatlantis Limited

Samco Systems

Westair Aviation

STS Aviation Group

MacX3 Services Limited

Bolger Engineering Limited

Pinpoint Innovations Limited

Mr. Price

Actavo Group Limited

Renatus Capital Partners

Urban Green Private Limited


NDC Polipak Limited

Ardmac Limited

Acton Technologies Limited

Lundbeck (Ireland) Limited

Nursing Homes Ireland Limited


Resilience Healthcare Limited

Glenstal Foods Limited

Ashgrove Wholesale Limited t/a Ashgrove Meats

Mechanical Equipment Company (MECO) Ireland Limited

Clinical Support Information Systems Limited

Swissport Ireland Limited

Lynas Foodservices Limited

Finnebrogue Ireland Limited

University of Limerick

Banking and finance Tier 4

Holmes O'Malley Sexton provides services across Ireland, with offices in Dublin, Limerick and, as of June 2019, Cork, and also has an office in London. The team is particularly active in property finance, advising on a number of high-profile development finance matters, and also advises on M&A financing and restructuring transactions. In Limerick, the 'learned and astute' Lisa Killeen, who was made up to partner in October 2019, is noted for her expertise in construction finance.

Practice head(s):

Harry Fehily; Lisa Killeen


Very knowledgeable and easy to communicate with

They are capable, experienced and commercial

Lisa Killeen is learned and astute – she understands the brief, especially complex matters, she takes a strong and capable stand, and she represents the client thoroughly. Clients find her extremely professional. Her communication skills are excellent and she continuously keeps us briefed. I have no hesitation in advocating Lisa to any potential client.

The things which make Holmes O’Malley Sexton unique are the speed of response and access to the partners and their commerciality – they understand what the client is trying to achieve while still advising on the legals.

The team are very well connected across the Mid-West region in Ireland and provide a very professional and personalised service. Because of their scale they are uniquely placed in the Mid-West to provide a broad and complete set of legal services.

The team are efficient, understand deadlines and provide a very professional service. The quality of service that Lisa Killeen and her team provide is top class.’

Dedicated and very experienced personnel.

Lisa Killeen is very thorough and proactive.

The availability of the lawyers to deal with queries efficiently and confidently is evident.

Lisa Killeen stands out as being extremely knowledgeable. She is approachable and when you are dealing with her she is open and communicative.

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Ulster Bank Ireland

KBC Bank

Limerick Twenty Thirty

Link ASI Limited (formerly Capita)/ ACC Loan Management

H&MV Engineering

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Insurance litigation, defamation and environmental disputes are key areas of strength at Holmes O'Malley Sexton, which is also increasingly active in contentious construction matters. The team, which is based across the firm's offices in Dublin and Limerick, also regularly handles litigation in the public sector, including judicial review proceedings and regulatory matters for healthcare and education entities. Managing partner Harry Fehily is active in a range of commercial disputes and also strong for mediation. Other key contacts include new partners Michael Murphy, who specialises in financial services and insurance litigation, with additional expertise in data protection matters, and Pat McInerney, who regularly acts for public sector bodies.

Practice head(s):

Harry Fehily; Robert Kennedy; Donal Creaton; Robert Bourke

Key clients


TTM Healthcare


Mr Price



University of Limerick

Private Security Authority

Irish Greyhound Board

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Legal Aid Board


Limerick 2030 DAC

Public sector Tier 4

Holmes O'Malley Sexton has particular expertise in the education sector, where the team represents a number of universities, but also acts for a range of state and semi-state bodies and statutory corporations. The practice has advised on judicial review proceedings, disputes in the public sector, complaints and investigations, and public procurement issues. Based in the firm's Limerick and Dublin offices, managing partner Harry Fehily has extensive experience of judicial reviews and regulatory investigations, while Pat McInerney regularly acts for public bodies in litigation, including professional negligence, defamation, breach of contract and property-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Harry Fehily; Donal Creaton; Pat McInerney

Key clients

University of Limerick

Private Security Authority

Irish Greyhound Board

Revenue Commissioners

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Legal Aid Board


Limerick 2030 DAC

Real estate Tier 4

Holmes O'Malley Sexton's practice is headed by Limerick-based Sandra Egan and Dublin-based duo Lorraine Power and Harry Fehily. The firm's Limerick office has strong connections to the local region with clients including the University of Limerick and Limerick 2030 Strategic Development DAC; the team advised the latter on the Hanging Gardens office development. The Dublin office has recently been active for investment trust Yew Grove REIT on acquisitions. The team also acts in the healthcare, retail and office sectors and advises on lease negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Egan; Lorraine Power; Harry Fehily


‘An outstanding practice of long standing. The practice does not interact with clients as solely customers of a solution, process or transaction but as partners with whom the firm participates in mutual long-term benefit and pride. Harry Fehily is totally committed to the best interest of his client. Pat McInerney is a generalist of no limit because his good sense knows no boundaries. Sandra Egan makes complex aggressive transactions in acquisition and business transfer look simple. Caitriona Leahy is always well ahead of the client’s responses and delivery is her strong focus.’

‘There is good attention to detail. The objective of the client is firstly identified and the service is tailored to the needs of the client. They value your business in a personal capacity.’

‘Sandra Egan is very knowledgeable and very accessible to us on any query of our real estate business transactions.’

‘A great business partner. The one-to-one service provided is top class. The attention to detail is excellent. Sandra Egan leads the team extremely well and its clear that her team are getting good sound advice on matters. I would also mention Melissa Regan who is fantastic to deal with.’

‘Sandra Egan has been exceptional. She is very prompt in responding to our requests and explains everything clearly. She is solution focused and proactively works to get complex negotiations over the line for us. Her knowledge, attention to detail and awareness of future risk is excellent.’

‘Helpful and friendly, practical advice.’

‘They have the scale required so that the team do not disappear just when you need them to work on another client. Sandra Egan has been very thorough in chasing down at times difficult issues and counterparts. George Kennedy has always been available to talk about stuff when required and help on broader commercial advice. I also see a firm, especially managing partner Harry Fehilly, committed to supporting pro bono work and not-for-profit organisations and the broader Limerick environment.’

Key clients

Limerick Twenty Thirty Strategic Development DAC


Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Legal Aid Board

Yew Grove REIT plc (acquired shares in the Yew Tree Investment Fund)

The Go-Ahead Group Plc

Shannon Group plc

University of Limerick

Limerick Institute of Technology

Resilience Healthcare Ltd (part of TTM Group)

Ardhu Ryan Developments Ltd (Brooks entity)

Urban Green Private

Employment Tier 5

Holmes O'Malley Sexton handles contentious and non-contentious employment matters for a number of state, semi-state, and private organisations. The practice is headed by Pat McInerney, who was made up to partner in September 2018.

Holmes O’Malley Sexton is one of the top twenty law firms in Ireland. Operating from four bases, Dublin, Limerick, Cork and London, we are uniquely positioned amongst law firms to meet client’s legal service requirements, both geographically and by virtue of the technical proficiencies of our team.

Since its formation in 1970, Holmes O’Malley Sexton has been at the forefront of the legal industry, advising state and semi-state bodies, statutory corporations, local authorities, national and international companies, individuals, various bodies and organisations on the full spectrum of legal services.  Keynote clients include University of Limerick, Irish Greyhound
Board, Limerick 2030, Dublin City Council, Roadbridge, Go-Ahead Dublin, and numerous corporates, banks and insurers.
Our personal and professional approach, together with our technical proficiency, mean that we have developed and maintained strong and long-lasting partnerships with our clients. Our client’s success is our success. We will deliver reliable and efficient services, fostering close teamwork and opening effective lines of communication between Holmes O’Malley Sexton and our client throughout the lifecycle of each matter.

Legal advice which drives co-operation and maintains buy-in between stakeholders is crucial to success. We are passionate about the delivery of innovative, responsive and collaborative legal solutions backed by the ever-increasing use of new technologies to drive procedure and efficiencies. Holmes O’Malley Sexton have a proven track record of delivering top quality service. We strongly identify with an approach of continuous improvement.

Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s investment in its people was recently recognised by winning the Best Employer: Talent Development and Workplace Wellness Award at the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards 2017. We have received international recognition as being consistently ranked by Legal 500 as one of the best legal practices in Ireland, also being a regular winner at the Irish Law Awards. A broad range of our departments have been singled out for praise and are consistently ranked as some of the top teams in their respective fields of practice in the country. Our commitment to risk management and delivering services to the highest prevailing standards in the profession is demonstrated by having achieved the highest certification possible, a Gold Standard, in the Q9000 Risk Management Legal Quality Standard accreditation from the Institute of Legal Research & Standards, an independent external body.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial Litigation Orla Begley +353 61 445582
Defence Litigation Audrey Browne +353 61 449426
Commercial Litigation Michael Carrigan +353 1 6344971
Corporate and Commercial Shane Costelloe +353 61 445529
Defence Litigation Donal Creaton +353 61 445573
Commercial Property Sandra Egan +353 61 445560
Commercial Litigation Harry Fehily +353 61 445512
Defence Litigation Wayne Finn +353 1 676 8928
Debt & Asset Recovery Jacci Fox +353 61 445585
Business Development Maria Gleeson +353 61 445507
Banking Nicola Hackett +353 61 445535
Defence Litigation Terence Heaney +353 61 445538
Debt & Asset Recovery Eadaoin Jackson +353 61 445539
Corporate and Commercial George Kennedy +353 61 445516
Defence Litigation Robert Kennedy +353 61 445592
Banking Lisa Killeen +353 61 445508
Commercial Property Caitriona Leahy +353 61 445520
Defence Litigation Greg Leddin +353 61 445 577
Commercial Litigation Caitlin Love +353 61 445584
Commercial Litigation Pat McInerney +353 61 445556
Commercial Litigation Michael Murphy +353 61 445551
Defence Litigation Neil O'Doherty +353 1 676 8928
Corporate and Commercial Neil O'Gorman +353 61 445547
Commercial Litigation Rachael O'Toole +353 1 6768928
Defence Litigation Anna Owens +353 61 445583
Commercial Property Lorraine Power +353 1 676 8928
Commercial Litigation Marguerite Seymour +353 61 445564
Commercial Litigation Aoife Skehan +353 61 445546
Knowledge Management Alice Steen +353 61 445519
Defence Litigation Triona Walsh +353 61 445567
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International Lawyers Network
Law Society of Ireland

Holmes O’Malley Sexton has for many years successfully worked with leading multinational companies on their business activities and operations in Ireland. In 2017, Holmes O’Malley Sexton opened its first international office in London. We have an established group of experts dedicated to meeting the needs of companies looking to locate in Ireland and scale business internationally from Ireland.

Our lawyers are specialists in all areas of law which are core to international expansion, including corporate, commercial contracts, data protection, employment, real estate, EU, competition, regulatory and procurement.

We partner with countless international companies, from global enterprises to fast growing venture-backed start-ups, to seamlessly guide our clients through the full range of legal and commercial issues that arise when doing business in Ireland. Leveraging this expertise, we provide innovative, legal solutions to support your operations in Ireland.

We have an established and trusted network of professional service providers in Ireland who can assist you in sourcing talent, premises, establishing banking operations, managing payroll and accounting services. We routinely work closely with the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and other government agencies focused on enterprise and innovation.

We are an active member firm of the International Lawyers Network (ILN) which is an association of 91 high-quality, corporate and full-service law firms with over 5,000 lawyers world-wide. The ILN provides clients with easily accessible legal services in 83 countries on six continents. By working closely with our ILN partners, we provide all Irish law legal services to assist clients locate into Ireland. We also assist them to expand from Ireland by procuring and managing solutions to non-Irish law legal issues on a one-stop-shop basis. Companies such as H&MV Engineering and Roadbridge have already availed of this innovative service delivery model with great feedback received. This leaves our clients free to focus on core business issues without the distraction of having to find and hire foreign counsel across multiple jurisdictions.

While you focus on scaling your international business, we will seamlessly manage your international legal requirements.

CLIENT: PJ Flanagan, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: H&MV Engineering
TESTIMONIAL: Their guidance and expertise have proven to be invaluable time and time again.

CLIENT: John Curtin, Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Clearwater International
TESTIMONIAL: We are delighted to continue our trusted and long-standing relationship with Holmes O’Malley Sexton having completed another transaction with their corporate team. Their balanced and commercial approach, led by George with support from Shane and Neil, was key to the successful execution of the transactions we have worked on together – we would have no hesitation in strongly recommending Holmes O’Malley Sexton to our clients

CLIENT: David Jeffreys
TESTIMONIAL: We have a great relationship with Holmes O’Malley Sexton, they are our trusted legal advisors and valued customer. This was our first acquisition and it needed to be closed in a tight time-frame. George and his team understood the issues quickly and offered us practical support. They were constantly available and delivered within the required time frames and fee structures

CLIENT: Matthias Sierig
TESTIMONIAL: Holmes O’Malley Sexton are very strong, both on legal technicalities and the practicalities of closing agreements with different international parties.

CLIENT: Mark Flood
COMPANY/FIRM: Renatus Capital Partners
TESTIMONIAL: Holmes O’Malley Sexton are always available when needed, pro-active and they are value for money. George provides expert advice/support when required. If there is ever a difficult situation, George always finds the solution

Holmes O’Malley Sexton treat our clients, colleagues and partners fairly and always with respect.

We are committed to addressing diversity, inclusion and social mobility. We are passionate about attracting, retaining and developing the most talented and skilled individuals from all backgrounds. We value people of all cultures, nationalities, races, religions, and ethnicities, regardless of characteristics such as gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.

We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our clients and our communities. We believe that diversity of people, perspectives, skills, experiences and ideas creates strength for our business and enables us to provide our clients with the best legal service possible. We prohibit discrimination, victimisation or harassment of any kind.

As individuals, we all want to work in an environment where our ideas and voices are heard. We provide an environment that respects all individuals and their contributions and fosters innovation. We have an active diversity committee made up of employees from across our business to promote awareness of diversity and address diversity-related challenges or initiatives. We promote employee resource groups which allow diversity to be expressed in meaningful ways. They are independent, voluntary networks of employees who share common interests. These groups help set diversity priorities, drive diversity initiatives and community involvement and promote career development through mentoring, workshops and external networking. We provide one-to-one coaching and sponsorship to support development and career progression.

We believe flexible working can increase staff motivation, promote work-life balance, reduce employee stress and improve performance and productivity. We offer a variety of flexible work options, including part-time and flexi-time working, job sharing, home working, time off to care for children or other family members and career breaks. We offer employee assistance programmes, including a free confidential helpline with several services, including personal, legal, financial, tax and relationship advice. The service operates 24 hours a day throughout the year and is available to all employees and their immediate families.

We are a signatory of The Law Society’s Diversity Charter, a public commitment by legal practices to promote the values of diversity, equality and inclusion throughout their firm.

Some of our specific initiatives to improve diversity, inclusion and social mobility include:

  1. We participate in an Irish Association of Supported Employment scheme in which adults with special needs are assessed for specific roles within our firm. This has been a tremendous success with the firm employing a filing assistant with deafness (and provision to training to our staff in this respect to ensure inclusion and proper communication) and office assistants Kieran and Kevin, who have been with the firm for over 15 years, working part-time hours to suit their specific requirements. Kieran and Kevin are planning to stay with us until retirement and are much loved within the firm by all the staff and a vital part of our team.
  2. University scholarships – various scholarships to help fund students through third level education.
  3. Funding and sponsorship of various enterprise initiatives for students and start-up companies and business awards.
  4. Since 2017 we have provided a TY Law Day in DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) disadvantaged girls schools’ to encourage further education. We were shortlisted for the prestigious Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2019 in the Community Programme category for our innovative Transition Year Programmes.
  5. Our educational assistance program has enabled many of our support staff to progress and obtain further qualifications leading to promotion to legal executives, accounts assistants and solicitors. We also support all our staff with progression to further qualifications and specialisms to facilitate them, and in turn our firm and our clients, to succeed and develop professionally. We have invested heavily in leadership programmes, further diplomas and qualifications and an in-house training scheme, led by our knowledge manager.
  6. Diversity, inclusion and disability training. We provide all staff with training in the provision of legal services to clients who may have disabilities, special needs, mental health issues; elderly, vulnerable adults or children; or those suffering from a brain injury and other injuries.

Our investment in our people was recognised by the awarding of the Best Employer: Talent Development and Workplace Wellness Award at the Limerick Regional Business Awards 2017.