A Short History of Fisher & Fisher Solicitors

Solicitors in Belfast, Newry, Kilkeel, Rathfriland, Donaghadee and Newcastle

In 1898 two brothers, Alec and John Fisher formed a solicitors practice at what is now number 9 John Mitchel Place, a Georgian townhouse built of Newry granite, dating from 1832 and originally occupied as an office by an early Newry solicitor named Brown.

Being an important port on the East coast of Ireland Newry, with its imposing Court House, was always a centre for the legal profession and Fisher and Fisher became an established part of the Newry community. One important case in which Fisher and Fisher were involved, on behalf of the families, was the Inquiry into the sinking of the steamships Connemara and Retriever in November 1916 following a collision at the mouth of Carlingford Lough. Alec’s daughter Margaret recalled being taken in a rowing boat as a child to the scene of the tragedy and seeing the name of the Retriever still clearly visible just underwater as the vessel lay on the seabed.

It was Margaret Reside (nee Fisher) who with her sister Dorothy took over Fisher and Fisher from their father at the beginning of World War II. Margaret had qualified as a solicitor in 1927, and became one of the earliest and longest practicing woman lawyers in Britain and Ireland. Indeed for many years the entire staff of Fisher and Fisher consisted of women. Margaret always acted with total integrity and in the best interests of her many clients. She retired from practice in 1992, her sister Dorothy having earlier set up her own practice.

When Fergus Hanna Bell, John Cavan, Michael Gilfedder, Mark Kinkaid and Brian Iveston joined the practice, Fisher and Fisher expanded its existing network of offices throughout Co. Down and Belfast and developed the firm in many new areas of law. Over the years Fisher and Fisher have merged with and acquired many firms of solicitors throughout the province. In 2016 Fisher and Fisher acquired Newry firm McGuigan Malone solicitors, adding four new solicitors with special expertise in commercial law, family matters and licensing and immigration law. Michael, Mark, Ronan, Jacqueline and Brian are directors of Fisher and Fisher Solicitors Ltd.

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Ronan McGuigan
LL.B. Solicitor Advocate

Newry & Kilkeel Offices

Ronan acts for clients in commercial cases, property and estates as well as having expertise in accident cases and criminal defence. Ronan also works with clients on contract disputes, debt collection and injunction cases.

Jacqueline Malone
LL.B. Solicitor Advocate

Newry Office

Jacqueline acts for clients in relation to family matters including residence and contact, adoption and care cases. She has expert knowledge of Hague Convention international child law cases. She also deals with divorce and separation including recovery of assets and financial settlement. Jacqueline has acted in a number of high profile cross border cases for parents and grandparents.

Linda Wright
B.A. M.Leg.Sci Solicitor

Newry & Belfast Office

Linda joined the firm in 2014. Her main areas of practice include Commercial and Residential Conveyancing, Wills, Trusts and Administration of Estates. She also advises companies in relation to Commercial matters.

Eóin McConville
LL.B. LL.M. Solicitor Advocate

Newry Office

Eóin McConville was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2008, having completed his apprenticeship with Fisher & Fisher Solicitors. Eóin was awarded the Certificate in Advanced Advocacy in 2011, and he holds an LLM (Distinction) in Human Rights Law. Eóin is also an accredited Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer, and a Member of the Children Order Panel. Eoin is an Affiliate of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and is presently completing the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates, having achieved a STEP Worldwide Excellence Award in the STEP Advanced Certificate in Estates. He also holds Certificates in Private Tenancy Law & Practice and Commercial Conveyancing. His main areas of practice include Administration of Estates, Residential Conveyancing, Family/Matrimonial, Criminal and Litigation.

Louise Moley
LL.B Solicitor

Newry Office

Louise acts for clients across a range of legal matters including Accident cases, criminal cases, immigration and asylum law. Louise also deals with licensing and business law cases. Louise has expertise in the area of judicial review and recently took a very important case for a client to the supreme court in London and won. Louise also acts in private prosecution cases for government and corporate bodies.

Anne Marie Featherstone
LL.B. LL.M. Solicitor Advocate

Newry, Rathfriland & Newcastle Offices

Anne Marie acts for clients and companies in relation to property sales and purchases. She has expert knowledge of the law as it relates to estates and wills. Anne Marie is a specialist child law solicitor and is one of very few solicitors in NI on the guardian ad litem panel to act for children in care. She has expert knowledge of Hague Convention international child law cases. Anne Marie also acts for clients in a range of family law issues including divorce, residence of children, non molestation orders and contact cases.

Donna McGuigan
LL.B. M.A Solicitor

Rathfriland, Kilkeel & Newcastle Offices

Donna qualified as a solicitor in 2000 after completing her law degree at Trinity College Dublin. She followed this by attaining a Masters in Administration and Legal Studies from University of Ulster.
Donna acts for clients in family law matters including divorce, financial settlements and children order work.
In addition, she has an expertise in personal injury cases covering all types of accident cases.

Michael Gilfedder
LL.B. Solicitor M.I.A.T.I. T.E.P.

Newry Office

Michael Gilfedder has been with Fisher and Fisher Solicitors for in excess of 35 years. He was a member of the Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland for 10 years and has been a member of the Non Contentious Business Committee for nearly 30 years. He has a Tax Qualification in Membership of the Institute of Accounting Technicians of Ireland since 1992. He is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and is an accredited Mediator of the Law Society. Michael has delivered lectures for the Law Society in relation to Probate and has also written articles for the Solicitors Magazine ‘The Writ’. His main areas of work include Probate and Administration of Estates, Wills, Trusts and Tax, Conveyancing, Mergers and Acquisitions and various Commercial and Corporate matters.

 

Maurice McIvor
LL.B. Solicitor

Belfast Office Solicitors

Maurice is a Consultant to the firm and continues to act for a number of clients in commercial and domestic property transactions and also in the preparation of Wills and the administration of estates. Maurice also acts as an expert witness in property and estate cases.

Brian Iveston
B.Sc. Solictor

Belfast & Donaghadee Offices

Brian has run the Belfast practice of Fisher & Fisher for many years from 165 Sandy Row. He has particular expertise in property and  probate and is recognized as a leading authority in accident and injury claims.

Mark Kinkaid
LL.B. Solicitor

Rathfriland, Kilkeel & Newcastle Offices

Mark has run the Rathfriland, Kilkeel and Newcastle practice of Fisher and Fisher solicitors for many years and is widely recognised as an expert in probate, conveyancing and agricultural law.

Meabh McArdle
LL.B. Solicitor

Newcastle Office

Meabh McArdle joined Fisher & Fisher in the Summer of 2007 as a Paralegal. She began her Apprenticeship with Fisher & Fisher in 2008 and currently works as a Solicitor in the Newcastle office. Her main areas of practice include Residential Conveyancing, Commercial Conveyancing, Administration of Estates and Probate.

Victoria Kinkaid
Apprentice Solicitor

Newry and Rathfriland Office

Victoria is the newest member of the Fisher and Fisher team as she begins her apprenticeship with the firm in September 2018. Victoria is a recent graduate of the University of Sheffield specialising in European and International Law. She also studied for a year at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Fiona Hunter
LL.B. Solicitor

Belfast Office

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