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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.


Compensation for Soldiers administered the controversial anti-malaria drug, Lariam.larium


Mefloquine, better known as Lariam is an anti-malaria drug renowned for its destructive and life changing side effects. Lariam is notorious for its damaging impact on those who took the drug. It is often linked to the following side effects;

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • suicidal thoughts
  • headaches
  • stomach problems
  • severe exhaustion
  • hallucinations
  • violent behaviour
  • vivid dreams
  • many more side effects not mentioned here

The drug has devastating effects. These symptoms may persist long after the drug has been administered and can remain permanently.

The drug has been widely criticised by victims and the media alike on a worldwide scale after its use by the armies of numerous countries including the US, Canada, Australia, the UK and Ireland. The administration of Lariam has led to devastating effects on numerous soldiers’ lives.

The widespread upset at the use of the drug saw the armies of many of these countries prohibit the use of the drug, turning instead to the many alternative anti – malaria drugs available. The Irish Defence Forces remain the only advocates for the drug and continue to administer the drug to its soldiers on overseas missions even as recent as October 2018 in a mission to Mali.


Following a number of test-cases taken against the Minister for Defence and the Attorney General in Ireland which saw the Defence Forces settle, some would say this is an admission of liability. We are representing numerous clients in these above-mentioned.

If you have been administered Lariam and believe you have been affected or identify with the above symptoms please feel free to contact:

Katherina White, Solicitor

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We are strategically located in Cork's Central Business District opposite City Hall and adjacent to the Clarion Hotel.  There is on street disc parking or the Clarion Hotel Car Park.

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5 Lapps Quay
Cork DX 2104
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