Longford and Mullingar – Expert, experienced and approachable legal advice across the Midlands.
In all of our lives there will be times when we will need the expert advice, support and guidance of a legal professional. These times can sometimes involve difficult, complicated and sensitive situations, the impact of which can have far-reaching consequences for the day-to-day lives of ourselves or our families into the future. At other times, our needs may be more short-term, perhaps just a steer in the right direction for our current needs and future plans, the purchase of our first home, or stepping up to a larger home, the setting up of our own business after years in the planning. At all of these life stages, and more, your experience may need ours and we hope to be the Firm to work for you and with you, sharing our combined years of professional practice for your benefit. Here at John J Quinn & Company, our reputation is built not only on our expertise and high level of professional service, but on our honest, straightforward and attentive approach to your needs, which can mean bad news as well as good but we will give it to you straight and our focus always will be your best interests in any given situation, after careful consultation and professional analysis of the individual issues as they present and affect you, such that you will be in a fully informed position before deciding on the next step to take.
We often find indeed the initial consultation alone can provide you with the peace of mind you need, but if further advice or action is required, we will guide you towards the most favourable outcome for you, be that in terms of maintaining neighbourly or family relations, seeking restoration of goods, property or services to which you may be entitled or seeking appropriate compensation for you when nothing else is going to restore you to the position you had been in, including as a result of personal injury in any accident for which you were not yourself at fault.
When you do need us, you need to know you are dealing with experts and specialists in that area of the law which your experience requires. Our team are all experienced experts in their own areas and possess both the skills and knowledge to advise you and act decisively for you across the full range of legal issues, supported by a team of Legal executives with years of experience to support at all stages of your matter.
Principal and Managing Partner
John J. Quinn was educated at Dominican College Newbridge and obtained his Degree at University College where he had the distinction of being the youngest student to graduate in his year. John qualified as a Solicitor and was admitted to the Roll in 1972 following apprenticeship with E.C. Gearty Longford.
John opened his own Practice in 1982, working in all areas of general practice in the busy Midlands towns of Longford and Granard, but specialising in Personal Injury litigation including Medical Negligence, commercial litigation and advising on all aspects of contracts and leasing, commercial and residential conveyancing, Probate and Estate planning, Family law and Criminal Law, where John maintains an extensive practice in local District Courts, Circuit and Central Criminal Courts.
John opened a branch office of Quinn & Company solicitors in Mullingar in 2013 to cater for his expanding clientele across the Midlands, where he continues to provide legal services in all areas including the District Court in criminal, civil and family law matters.
John remains Principal and Managing Partner of the Practice.
John is an active member of Longford Rugby Football Club of which he is a former President, following his playing days, a member of Longford Chamber of Commerce and supports local sporting organisations including Longford Golf Club and GAA, enjoying a wider range of sporting interests.
John is married to Helen and they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Pauline Brady hails from Ballinalee, County Longford where she continues to live and attended Cnoc Mhuire Granard and University College Dublin where she graduated with an Honours Law Degree before embarking on travel, working in the hospitality sector in the United States and London before returning to Longford to apprentice with John J Quinn, qualifying as a Solicitor in 1994 and has remained with John to date, initially managing our Dublin office and returning to full time duties in our main office in Longford, where she was made partner in 2004.
Pauline has extensive experience in all areas of conveyancing and leasing of both commercial and residential property across the Midlands, Dublin and the East Coast, is partner in our and civil litigation team, with particular emphasis on personal injury matters, at District, Circuit and High Court level, medical negligence and contract law, including advising and drafting of contracts including partnership agreements. Pauline also specialises in family law and has represented clients in all courts in the course of separation and divorce proceedings, including civil partnerships, and reliefs pursuant to The Domestic Violence Acts, maintenance, access and custody issues before the District Court. In the practice of family law in particular, Pauline draws on years of life and practice to follow, where practicable, a mediated course of alternative dispute resolution, recognising in the first instance that life goes on after court proceedings end, and that nothing in the legal process should make any contentious issues within the family unit more difficult in the long term than they already are for the parties when, through the circumstances they find themselves in, they make the decision to seek legal advice.
Pauline also works from our Mullingar Office and is available by appointment at any time for Westmeath or Dublin based clients for whom Longford is not convenient.
Outside of the office Pauline is a GAA fan, serving as Secretary to her local Club Sean Connollys Ballinalee for many years and is a keen amateur photographer.
Orlaith Higgins is a Partner with John J. Quinn and Co. She commenced her apprenticeship with the office in 2006 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in February 2009.
Orlaith is a member of the firm’s Litigation group, practising in all areas of Litigation, specialising in Personal Injuries Litigation, at District, Circuit, and High Court levels, and with a particular interest in Medical Negligence.
Orlaith holds a First Class Honours Degree from University College Dublin in Business and Legal Studies, and was awarded the Law of Tort Prize from the Law Society of Ireland in 2007.
She also has an interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution, having completed the Friarylaw ADR Civil and Commercial Mediation Training and Professional Accreditation Programme.
Fiona received her early education at Ballynarry NS and St. Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan. She went on to obtain an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree and thereafter a Post-Graduate Degree in Law, with Honours from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Fiona worked in Law Firms in both Meath and Cavan before joining the Practice of John J. Quinn & Co., in 2007 where is completed her Traineeship. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2009 and became Partner in the Firm in January 2016.
Fiona is a member of the Firms Litigation Department and specialises primarily in personal injury actions to include high value and complex litigation matters in the High Court and Circuit Courts. She has extensive experience in advising clients in respect of catastrophic injuries, road traffic accidents, work place accidents, public liability and medical negligence claims and can guide clients through the Injuries Board process.
Fiona is dedicated to offering clear and concise advice with a significant focus on obtaining the best possible result for each client be it through early settlement or full hearing or through full hearing in as expeditious a time as possible.
Further, she has a keen interest in Criminal Law and is a member of the Criminal Legal Aid Panel. She regularly appears in the District Court conducting hearings as well as the Circuit Criminal Courts and the Central Criminal Court. She has experience in defending cases involving assaults, drugs, rape, sexual offences, fraud, thefts and robbery as well as public order and road traffic offences. She also advises clients held in custody in Garda Stations and attends during interview process.
Fiona is a native of Cavan where she continues to reside and can organise to meet with clients there, if more convenient.
She has a keen interest in sport and is a member of both Ballymachugh LGFA and Ballymachugh GAA, where she has served as both Secretary, Assistant Secretary and as a Delegate to the County Board.
Conor Quinn has worked with John J Quinn & Co since 2010, having served his apprenticeship with this office. He was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in February 2013. Conor is a member of the firm’s litigation group. He deals with personal injury cases at District, Circuit and High Court levels. He also specializes in Medical Negligence Plaintiff Litigation. Conor has a keen interest in all matters of Employment law. He regularly attends the Employment Courts and Tribunals and advises both employers and employees on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Conor progressed to Partner of our office in January, 2016.
Conor was educated locally at St Mel’s College, Longford and obtained his Degree at National University of Ireland, Galway. He has also completed a Certificate in Employment Law Advocacy and Skills from the Law Society of Ireland in April 2012. He regularly volunteers with the Free Legal Advice Clinic in Longford.
Patricia attended Our Lady’s School in Templeogue for her primary and secondary education. Having worked in a number of industries she went back to college in DIT Aungier Street and Griffith College to study Law ultimately qualifying as a Solicitor in January 2005.
Prior to qualification she worked for eight years as a Legal Executive, initially in an in-house insurance role and thereafter in private practice dealing with litigation both civil and criminal. During this time she decided to specialise in Criminal Law. She joined John J Quinn and Company in 2008 and became a Partner in 2016.
From 2002 she has lectured in Property Law and Family Law in Griffith College, Independent Colleges and currently with City Colleges Dublin.
Patricia is responsible for managing our Mullingar Office and is based in this branch office. She provides service to our clients in the midlands covering all aspects of law, criminal, family, civil litigation, probate and conveyancing.
Patricia covers the midland District and Circuit Courts for criminal and family matters and is on the legal aid panel for both criminal and civil / family matters. Patricia has expertise in the Criminal area and attends Garda Stations for advice and interviews when a person is detained in custody. Patricia has appeared in the District, Circuit, Special Criminal, Court of Appeal, Central Criminal Court and Supreme Court.
She has experience in defending all level of cases from minor Public Order Matters, Road Traffic Matters to Sexual Assault, Rape and Murder. She also regularly deals with European Arrest Warrant / Extradition Cases.
Legal Executive debt collection and Licensing
Oliver Barry, Legal Executive has been with the team since 1997 after qualifying as a Legal Executive at Letterkenny I.T. Oliver specialises in the practice of Debt Collection and Licensing matters and has built up two decades of experience in securing the best results for our clients and advising at all stages of these complex but crucial areas of law.
Oliver hails from a well known Longford GAA family and is heavily involved with his own Club, Longford Slashers where he currently holds the post of Treasurer.
Breege was educated at Convent of Mercy, Longford and completed a Business course with Longford VEC
She joined the firm in 1996 having previously worked in the financial services area. She was appointed Office Manager in 2006 and has responsibility for overseeing all office and staff administration.
Breege co-ordinates and monitors Risk Management throughout the year and our annual Audit with the Institute of Legal Research and Standards, securing Silver Status over the past five years in independently assessed Quality Assurance standards across the Practice.
She is married to Patrick and has 3 adult children. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and gardening.