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Fresh and Radical Thinking is Key

Fresh and radical thinking is key if law firms are to deliver and  improve truly innovative client-centered law services, according to Michael Powell Solicitors


The  firm which was founded in 1927, is based at No. 5 Lapp’s Quay Cork and employs 15 professionals. The Firm has introduced a new and radical move of setting up a Board of Directors. 


Durcan stated: ‘This move is quite unusual in the legal world and will undoubtedly serve to differentiate MPS (Michael Powell Solicitors) in the  marketplace, bringing new talent from the business world.  The Board will  define and implement the values by which the firm is run and will not concern  itself with the practice of law or with matters relating to individual customers  – these are dealt with by the Partners and their staff’.

‘This type of structure, with its blend of legal expertise and  general commercial & management skills around the top table, is becoming  increasingly commonplace in the UK but the move is the only one of its kind in  Cork and is believed to be one of the first in Ireland.  The move is expected to  transform traditional legal thinking within the firm, using innovative  strategies to provide smart quality-led solutions for clients and win new  markets en route for MPS’ he added.

MPS, also announced that it has achieved ISO  9001:2008 accreditation in quality management, one of the first law firms in  Ireland to do so.  ‘This underpins our firm’s commitment to the principles and  practice of excellence and will further enable us to provide our clients with  the highest level of technical legal expertise in a cost-effective manner’ said  Durcan.

Practice areas at the firm include: Credit Union Law, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Litigation,  Personal Injury, Conveyancing, Family Law and Probate.


Helena O'Leary

Legal Executive, LLB


Helena O’Leary joined Michael Powell Solicitors in November of 2014. Helena’s role in Michael Powell Solicitors is as Legal Executive to Seán Durcan, Partner.


Helena has 20 years’ experience working in a legal office and her knowledge spans over a vast range of legal areas including Litigation (High Court & Circuit Court), Injuries Board Applications, Debt Collection and Enforcement, District Court Licensing Applications, Conveyancing, Probate and Wills.


Helena began her career as a Legal Secretary in 1995 and has progressed rapidly due to high quality of client service while working to challenging expectations and tight time frames. She has been recognised throughout her career for her efficiency, professionalism, commitment to confidentiality and results. She prides herself on her proven organisational skills.   Helena has a high degree of computer literacy encompassing efficiency and effectiveness with key Microsoft Applications, Case Management Systems and Digital Dictation applications. Helena became a Legal Executive in 2010 and is a member of the Irish Institute of Legal Executives.


Helena’s extensive and varied experience is an invaluable benefit to her role as Legal Executive in this firm.



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