A note from our Managing Partner
It has been an exciting year since our second edition of the Holmes newsletter, and we have continued to enjoy providing legal services to you under our new brand.
I am delighted to welcome Shane Costelloe to the partnership. As a partner, Shane leads the firm’s employment team, specialising in employment law and works with our corporate/commercial and public sector clients. Caroline Connolly, Of Counsel, joined our Corporate Team adding a wide spectrum of international experience. Strategic external hires are a key element of our strategy, and the appointment of our new HR Manager, Rachel Doyle, reflects our continued commitment to growth and client services.
I would like to congratulate our newly qualified solicitors, Ciara Downes, Melissa Regan and Mikhaela O’Shaughnessy who have trained with the firm. They now move into the role of lawyers, Ciara into our Commercial Team, Melissa into our Financial Lines Team and Mikhaela into our Private Client Team. At every stage of their training and development within the firm, they were encouraged to push boundaries and to get involved in work of the highest calibre in an environment designed to support their professional growth and development.
We were proud to continue our sponsorship of the Limerick Chamber Business Awards 2022. It was a wonderful event showcasing an evening of progressive business representation and development organisation in Limerick. Congratulations to all of the finalists as these awards recognise and reward business excellence, innovation, best practices, and outstanding business performance. I would also like to acknowledge the enormous contribution of JP McManus to Limerick and his lifetime achievement award was well earned.
Quality is one of our core values at Holmes and is at the heart of all we do. The score of 100%, a Gold Grade, in our recent Q9000 Legal Quality Standard audit is a great achievement and I would like to thank Anna Owens, Partner, and all involved for their efforts. This is an award recognised by the Law Society of Ireland and awarded by the Institute of Legal Research and Standards. It reflects our dedication to demonstrate exceptional levels of strategic innovation and quality management across all aspects of our business.
I am delighted to bring you the third issue of our Holmes Newsletter. This edition features the topical areas of Environmental, Social and Governance, an article on sustainable investments and sustainable returns and an article on the Courts' attitude towards delays and how this reflects on litigants and defendants. Employers will be interested in the article authored by Grace Lee which explains the obligations for certain employers to have a whistleblowing procedure under the new Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act, 2022 which came into effect in its entirety from 1st January 2023.
Please also take a look at our Corporate Social Responsibility segment which features photographs of our team partaking in charity runs which may inspire you. Now, more than ever, wellness and a healthy work life balance is critical to our Team.
I wish you all a very happy and safe New Year. Thank you for placing your trust in Holmes. We are grateful for your continued business, and we look forward to partnering with you again this year.