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Lacey Solicitors
Northern Ireland

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Lacey Solicitors is noted for its 'excellent all-round knowledge of the legal systems in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland'; the firm has offices in Belfast, Derry and Dublin, and provides an all-island service which is particularly active defending claims involving RTAs and accidents abroad. Other areas of strength include public and employers' liability, catastrophic injury and industrial disease cases. The team is led by senior partner Terence Lacey and Damian McGeady.

Practice head(s):

Terence Lacey; Damian McGeady

Other key lawyers:

Ruaidhrí Austin


Terry Lacey and Damian McGeady are both ultimate professionals in their field. They both endeavour to bring early resolutions to matters and their advice and valuation of cases is normally spot on.’

The team has a clear understanding of insurer clients’ needs and the insurance market and cycles, with a focus on managing indemnity spend and ultimate costs to the clients.

Key clients

Ascot/Carraig Insurance

Casualty General Insurance Company

CNA Insurance Company

Collingwood Insurance Company

Contessa Ltd

Enterprise Insurance Company

Haven Insurance Company

Ladbrokes PLC

Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company

OSG-Loss Adjusters

Prestige Underwriting Ltd

Questgates Loss Adjusters

RSA Insurance Company

Service Insurance Company

Setanta Insurance Company

Wrightway Underwriting Ltd (Catlin)

Patrona Underwriting Ltd

Tradewise Insurance Company

Lacey Solicitors offers specialist defence legal services to the insurance industry and prides itself on the exemplary, accessible service it provides. It delivers tailored training to insurers in all matters pertinent to litigation. It offers a comprehensive legal service to insurers with three offices across the entire island of Ireland.

The firm: Lacey Solicitors was founded in September 2005 by Terry Lacey and promptly stood out in the Irish legal market as a boutique law firm specialising in insurance defence litigation. The opening of its Dublin office served only to cement its position as a key player in the Irish insurance legal market.

The growth in the firm is in part due to the building and maintenance of established relationships with insurance clients and self-insured clients, and also in part arising from clients’ increasingly robust stance on a perceptible increase in fraudulent claims experienced generally in recent years.

The firm has always maintained its reputation for being both reasonable yet very competent combatants. With its extensive experience in a niche and specialist area of law, the partnership likes to think that it is considered among the best in its field.

Types of work undertaken: The firm is distinguished for its expertise in the defence and rebuttal of intricate past and future loss of earning claims arising out of catastrophic and complex injury claims. Each case is handled according to a tailored and agreed strategy to best protect clients’ interests and drive a timely resolution of an action at a fair and appropriate level of damages.

Insurance: acting for insurers is the mainstay of the practice. Lacey Solicitors prides itself on the exemplary service it provides to insurance clients in Ireland and beyond. The lawyers regularly travel to provide bespoke training to insurers’ staff in all matters pertinent to litigation in Ireland, north and south. For underwriters and insurers that do not have a physical presence in Ireland, the firm provides cost-effective, cradle-to-grave claims handling as well as a complete uninsured loss recovery service to commercial brokers and their clients.

Travel law for insurers: Lacey Solicitors provides a wide range of expertise in travel law. It specialises in travel dispute resolution whether at court or through arbitration, providing advice on: liabilities of tour operators and travel agents; package travel, holidays and tour regulations; international convention law; road traffic accidents abroad; private international law; and damages.

Industrial disease for insurers and institutional clients: Lacey Solicitors provides niche expertise in industrial disease cases involving lung disease, industrial deafness, vibration white finger and pleural plaques. Damian McGeady has a specialist interest in asbestos-related plaintiff actions.

Other offices: Dublin, Derry-Londonderry

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner - Dublin/Belfast Terry Lacey 0035315134375
Partner - Belfast/Derry-Londonderry Damian McGeady 02890896540
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ruaidhrí Austin  photo Mr Ruaidhrí Austin Solicitor
Mr Terence Lacey  photo Mr Terence Lacey Senior Partner
Mr Damian McGeady  photo Mr Damian McGeady Partner
Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 4