Clare firm part of new nationwide solicitors alliance

Clare firm part of new nationwide solicitors alliance

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Pictured at the launch of the National Solicitors Alliance Brian Cunneen, Hillary O’Connor, and Philip O’Riada and Ennis based Solicitor Sheila Lynch

A Clare law office has joined a new nationwide alliance of small and medium sized solicitor firms which hope to assist them to compete locally and regionally for personal, corporate and State legal services work.

The National Solicitors Alliance (NSA) will include up to 100 small and medium sized legal firms, with representation in all cities and larger towns.

The Alliance will co-ordinate public procurement and large client work from its head office, and it will provide support services to its members who will still retain their separate identities. Its website www.nsalliance.ie will provide legal information for clients and details of its member firms.

NSA Members gathered outside the Four Courts to launch the Alliance, which already has 45 member firms and has a target of 100 firms.

National Solicitors Alliance Spokesperson and Solicitor Brian Cunneen said: “The concept is simple – we are combining the local knowledge and expertise of our member firms with a national network, to empower small and medium sized firms to compete on a larger scale for personal, corporate, and State legal services.

“The Alliance has member firms throughout the country. We have the unique combination of ‘boots on the ground’ throughout the country combined with invaluable local knowledge and experience.

“Clients of Alliance members can range from an individual looking to identify the right solicitors firm for their issue, or a large corporate client or a regional or national State purchaser needing local expertise across the country to match their business and legal needs. The Alliance will also work with barristers to ensure all legal issues and services are covered by its member firms.

“The Alliance member firms collectively already have over 150 solicitors putting the Alliance in the Top 10 largest law firms in the country, if its solicitors are collectively classed as a single law firm.

“Alliance member firms typically have a lower cost base than larger firms. Its member firms are dynamic and responsive. Our coming together to form the Alliance, means that our members have the scale, skills and national coverage required to allow them to provide better value legal services with the local ‘personal touch’ to the consumer, corporate clients and the State”, Mr Cunneen stated.

The Alliance currently has 45 member firms throughout the country who, between them, have over 150 solicitors, in over 50 offices.

The NSA is limiting membership to 100 firms, to reflect a regional balance and is open for membership to like-minded law firms who subscribe to a high level of service delivery standards.

Details of member firms at www.nsalliance.ie

NSA members in Clare are: Cashin & Associates, Ennis.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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