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Anna Owens, Partner, specialises in insurance litigation and dispute resolution. She joined the firm in 2005.

She has expertise in defence personal injuries litigation in the Circuit and Superior Courts. Anna has a wide range of experience in acting for both domestic and international insurers, loss adjusters and self-insured companies.  She advises on road traffic claims together with employer’s liability, public liability, fatal injury and defamation claims.  

Anna also specialises in insurance arbitration and works closely with clients to identify and combat insurance fraud.

Heading up our internal legal quality and risk management strategy, Anna was responsible for leading the firm to achieve a gold standard score of 99% in our last Q9000 Legal Quality Standard audit. The Q9000, is recognised by the Law Society of Ireland and awarded by the Institute of Legal Research and Standards. It is the most advanced strategic, risk and quality management standard for law firms demonstrating exceptional levels of strategic, innovation and quality management.

Recent Work Highlights

  • Successful settlement of high value employer’s liability claim involving a number of accidents, complex injuries and significant loss of earnings claim
  • Defending numerous public liability and employer’s liability claims for a large multinational retailer
  • Successful defence of eight linked fraudulent claims arising from a single road traffic accident
  • Successful defence of arbitration proceedings brought against insurance company for refusal to indemnify
  • Ongoing defence of a number of claims for a large domestic engineering firm.


Professional Activities

  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers Ireland (FOIL)
  • Anna also provides CPD seminars to insurance company clients on various topics in the area of defence litigation
  • Member of the Law Society of Ireland.



  • University of Limerick, LLB
  • Ingenium Smart Choice Leadership Programme, Certificate in Leadership
  • Admitted to the Law Society of Ireland.
Substantial experience of defending clients against insurance claims, having acted for a number of prominent insurers. Other key contacts include Donal Creaton, Michael Murphy, Anna Owens and Pat McInerney.

Anna Owens

Insurance | Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Key lawyers: Michael Murphy; Anna Owens; Wayne Finn; Audrey Browne. Shown a consistency in their professionalism, approach, knowledge of the law and ability to deal with large and complicated litigation matters.

Anna Owens

Insurance | Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Robert Kennedy and Anna Owens are experts in the insurance industry. Their passion for the job, compassion for clients, communication skills, willingness to listen, knowledge of law, and excellent judgements cannot be matched.

Anna Owens

Insurance | Legal 500 EMEA 2023

A law firm’s personnel is a most important resource. Holmes excel as market leaders.

Insurance | Legal 500 EMEA 2023

Awards, Membership and Recognition

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