Fresh and radical thinking is key if law firms are to deliver and improve truly innovative client-centered law services, according to Sean Durcan, at the Cork-based Michael Powell Solicitors practice. The formation of a Board of Management, the appointment of two well-known business people to the Board and ISO 9001:2008 accreditation, the firm which was founded in 1927, is based at No. 5 Lapp’s Quay Cork and employs 15 professionals. 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’. The new Board will consist of 5 members, the three existing Partners, being solicitors Michael Powell and Sean Durcan, together with Harry Lorton and David Hyland. Harry Lorton (former CEO of Cork & Limerick Savings Bank, TSB Bank and Permanent TSB, Chairman of marketing firm H & A Marketing & PR, and of the Johnson & Perrott Motor Group) has been appointed as Chairman of the Board, while well-known Chartered Accountant and Financial Consultant David Hyland, who previously worked with Ernst & Young, has been appointed as Finance Director and will also sit on the Board.

‘We are delighted that two such experienced and well-known businessmen as Harry and David have decided to join our Board. They both bring a wealth of knowledge to the table and we are looking forward very much to working with them in what will be an exciting and a challenging time for the firm’ said Sean Durcan. ‘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 O’Leary. Practice areas at the firm, which was founded in 1927 include: Credit Union Law, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Litigation, Personal Injury, Conveyancing, Family Law and Probate.



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