About Us

The firm aims to give its clients the benefit of long experience, which is considerable bearing in mind the fact that all of the partners have been in practice in Northern Ireland for over twenty or more years. Several staff members have been in the employment of Donnelly, Neary and Donnelly Solicitors for a large part of their working lives and their satisfaction in their jobs is reflected in the efficient legal advice and service which we feel we provide.

There is no substitute for experience when dealing with the law which is often very complex. This is an asset which the firm patently possesses and clients can rest assured that their case will be dealt with in a manner which reflects this. There are several areas in which the law is constantly expanding and innovative legislation is changing the face of the law radically. 

Partners

Kevin J Neary
BCL TEP (STEP)
Notary Public Solicitor
Advocate – Principal

Educated at St Colman’s College in Newry, Kevin graduated from University College Dublin in 1982 with a degree in Law (BCL).

He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Certificate of Professional Legal Studies in 1984 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 1984. He was later admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland in 1992, as well as in England and Wales in 2008. He qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2013. He is also a certified Mediator.

Kevin has worked at Donnelly Neary & Donnelly since he was admitted to the Roll in 1984 and has been a partner in the firm since 1988.

Kevin is a Notary Public, and is currently the President of the College of Notaries in Northern Ireland. He is also a Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP) of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a member of the NI Commercial Property Lawyers Association. Kevin currently acts as Treasurer for the Irish Legal History Society and is Deputy Chair of the Statutory Committee for the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

Kevin has experience in all areas of practise; however, Kevin specialises in commercial property, as well as in general conveyancing, trusts and wills.

Solicitors

Lisa Hynes
LL.B (TCD), LL.M (TCD)
Solicitor – Associate

Born in Donegal, Lisa was educated at Falcarragh Community School. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2007 with a degree in Law (LLB). In 2008, Lisa graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters Degree in Law. Her dissertation was focused on public interest law and was supervised by Gerard Whyte B.L. and Gerard Hogan, now Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.

Lisa graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a certificate in professional legal studies in 2010 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 2010. She was then admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland in 2015.

Lisa sits on the Board of Governors of St Matthew’s Primary School. She has also participated on the Young Professionals on Arts Boards programme and was previously on the Board of Trustees of Aware NI.

Lisa has a special interest in conveyancing, as well as probate and administration of estates.

Damien Smith
LLB (QUB)
Solicitor – Associate

Born in Newcastle, Damien was educated at St Patrick’s Grammar School in Downpatrick. He graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1979 with a degree in Law (LLB).

He then graduated from Queens with a Certificate in Professional Legal Studies and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 1981.

Damien specialises in civil litigation, personal injuries claims, and family law. He also has experience in criminal law.

Daniel Neary
LLB (QUB)
Notary Public Solicitor
Advocate – Associate

Daniel was educated at the Abbey Grammar School in Newry. He then went on to study Law (LLB) at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating in 2014.

He graduated from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 2016.

Daniel is the fourth generation of the Neary family in the firm.

Daniel has a particular interest in immigration law. He also has experience in conveyancing and civil litigation.

Charlotte Neary
LLB (QUB)
Apprentice

Charlotte was graduated at Sacred Heart Grammar School in Newry. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2019 with a degree in Law (LLB).

Charlotte is currently studying at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University Belfast for a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies (2019-2021). Charlotte obtained a two year Training Contract with DND Law and is due for admission as a Solicitor in 2021.

Dearbhla O’Hanlon
LLB (QUB)
Apprentice

Educated at Our Lady’s Grammar School Newry, Dearbhla graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2018 with a degree in Law (LLB). Her dissertation focused on the restriction of claims by secondary victims for psychiatric injury and was supervised by Dr Mark Hanna LLB LLM PGCE Lecturer at Law PhD US Attorney.

Dearbhla is currently studying at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University Belfast for a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies (2019-2021). Dearbhla obtained a two year Training Contract with DND Law and is due for admission as a Solicitor in 2021.

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