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    Mission & History

    We are committed to innovation. Phoenix is not a traditional Solicitors practice. Innovation was a cornerstone in the founding of Phoenix, and as a result we remain committed to experimenting with new ways of delivering legal services

    Core Values

    Our core values govern the way we work and how our firm operates. Our lawyers and staff are committed to equality and fairness in all aspects of their work

    Academic Involvement

    Historically it has been unheard of for academics and solicitors to work collaboratively within the confines of a solicitors’ practice. Phoenix has a specific academic consultancy panel which has been head hunted to form part of our team

    Our Team

    We have grown since our formation in 2018 become one of Irelands leading firms, being a voice for the underdog in litigation against state bodies, institutions, insurance companies or multinational organisations

    Our experienced Lawyers have

    appeared in a wide range of domestic and international Courts and Tribunals
    • Belfast High Court
    • Dublin and London Supreme Courts
    • The European Court of Human Rights
    • The EU Court of Justice
    • The African Commission on Human Rights
    • Various UN Special Procedures
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    About Phoenix

    There is nothing traditional about Phoenix Law. It was formed in 2018 by a group of lawyers who have a shared determination to improve human rights and accountability on the island of Ireland and beyond.

    The team offer formidable legal advice to clients in the UK and Ireland and a voice for the underdog in litigation against state bodies, institutions, insurance companies or multinational organisations.


    We have been involved in some of the most high profile and significant legal challenges in recent history including successfully securing compensation payments for hundreds of survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, legacy inquests, extending protection of trans and religious rights, helping secure same-sex marriage in NI and challenging major developments that threaten to destroy valuable habitats and local communities.


    Our work is wide-ranging and we have the collective experience to ensure the law is applied equally and fairly. We have represented clients in domestic and international settings from Magistrates court right up to the Supreme Courts in Dublin and London, the European Court of Human Rights, the African Commission on Human Rights and various UN hearings.


    In addition we believe in our close working partnerships with the academic sector. This combination ensures our clients get the best quality and most up to date legal advice. That advice is also available to students of law as our partners are regular guest lecturers at leading universities including Cambridge, Ulster University, Queens University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin.

    Client Success

    We have been involved in some of the most high profile and significant legal challenges in recent history, including successfully securing compensation payments for hundreds of survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, legacy inquests, extending protection of trans and religious rights, helping secure same-sex marriage in NI and challenging major developments that threaten to destroy valuable habitats and local communities
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