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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Will Carmody as the firm’s new Managing Partner. He succeeds Declan Black as Managing Partner on 1 Jan 2023.

Will joined the firm in 2002, has been head of the Financial Services Department since 2018 and a member of our senior management group since 2020. He is a leading adviser to domestic and international financial institutions in Ireland and now looks forward to guiding the firm through our next period of growth and development.

During Declan’s nine-year tenure we have more than doubled in size and revenue, making us the fourth-largest firm in Ireland by lawyer numbers. Declan will remain client-facing and continue in his role as a dispute resolution partner, prioritising strategic and high-profile litigation matters.

L-R: Declan Black, Will Carmody and Christine O'Donovan

Commenting on his appointment, Will said, “I look forward to building on the growth of the last nine years. The success of our firm is dependent on our lawyers continuing to retain the trust and confidence of our clients. We will do this by nurturing the most talented lawyers to provide excellent legal advice aligned with our clients’ commercial objectives. Ireland’s position in the EU, together with its stable investment climate and healthy domestic economy, gives us confidence and we look forward to the continued growth of our firm alongside the success of our clients.”

Reflecting on his tenure, Declan said, “While the growth of the firm is gratifying, I am most proud of the culture of excellence, opportunity and integrity that exists in Mason Hayes & Curran. That’s a testament to all the staff over the years. I am delighted that Will has been selected to take the firm forward and have no doubt that the firm will continue to prosper under his guidance.”

Chair of the firm, Christine O’Donovan, said, “We are very grateful to Declan Black for his unrelenting focus on clients and primacy of client service. Despite many challenging times, including Brexit and the pandemic, Declan has been steadfast in his stewardship and support for clients and staff. Also, working closely with Will in building a leading financial services practice over the last two decades, I have seen first-hand how he is uniquely equipped with the necessary leadership skills required at the helm, which the firm, clients and staff will benefit from greatly in the coming years.”

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