Our Story

We enjoy getting to know our clients and believe that this is the only way to truly understand their needs. Being our clients’ trusted advisor means that we have to be able to service all of their legal requirements in an informed and commercial way, and this is what we do.

Our service goes beyond the law. We have an extensive network of professional contacts across all sectors which means that we can offer our clients all the support they need.

In September 2018, Ken Kennedy Solicitors merged with long established and respected Dublin law firm, P.J. Walsh & Co. Solicitors. P.J. Walsh & Co. Solicitors was established by the late Patrick J. Walsh in 1937, the year of the Constitution of Ireland.

This exciting merger has allowed us to increase our capacity and bolster our legal expertise and experience. It has also enabled us to broaden our client base and our network of connections.

Ken Kennedy – Principal

Ken Kennedy is the principal of Ken Kennedy Solicitors. Before setting up Ken Kennedy Solicitors in 2018, Ken spent ten years working for various leading Irish and UK law firms including Matheson, Maples & Calder and Gowlings WLG.

Ken has extensive experience in all residential and commercial property matters, corporate law matters including share purchase, asset purchase and all other company law matters. Ken’s main practice areas also include construction law, private client matters and civil litigation. He also has significant experience in advising on a range of personal and corporate & personal banking and finance matters.

Ken is also qualified in England & Wales and holds a master degree in Project Management.

Nap Keeling – Head of Litigation

Before joining us, Nap led the legal team at St. James’ Hospital and was, during their most recent spell in Government, legal advisor to the Labour Party. Prior to that, he spent 14 years practicing as a barrister specialising in Commercial Disputes, Planning, Environmental & Local Government Law, Administrative Law and Medical Negligence. Nap also spent 4 years with PwC.

Given his professional experience, Nap is well placed to provide our clients with a clear roadmap through existing dispute resolution procedures, in particular, court based litigation. There will be a particular emphasis on doing this in a cost effective manner. Our approach to litigation will be a fixed cost and counsel led one, utilising modern IT practices and partners. In this way, we will ensure that not only can we provide a cost effective approach in both smaller and larger commercial actions but we can do so while maintaining the quality of service.

Frances Kennedy - Head of Property

Frances is Head of Property at Ken Kennedy Solicitors. She previously worked as a real estate solicitor for Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. for 6 years, Kelly Kennedy & Co. Solicitors for 13 years and prior to that worked for Bank of Ireland.

Her main areas of expertise include commercial and residential property law, commercial leasing, probate law, trust & estate planning, insolvency law and civil litigation (having attended the Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court).

She qualified as a solicitor in Ireland in 1999.

She has a Masters in Business Management from Smurfit Business School, diplomas in Insolvency Law and Trust & Estate Planning from the Law Society of Ireland and a certificate in Banking Law from the Law Society of Ireland.

Danny Ryan – Litigation Legal Manager

Danny Ryan is our Litigation Legal Manager. He brings a wealth of experience having worked for a number of the leading Irish commercial law firms, including Matheson and William Fry, and more recently as Head of Legal and Insurance at St. James’s Hospital.

Danny is a Commissioner for Oaths for Dublin, holds full membership with the Irish Institute of Legal Executives, has completed the Legal Studies Diploma with the Honourable Society of Kings Inns and is currently a Barrister-at-Law candidate.

Sean Sexton – Consultant

Sean Sexton, was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Easter 1970 and initially practiced with the late Hugh J. Fitzpatrick prior to joining P.J. Walsh & Company in 1973.

His experience covers the areas of conveyancing, general litigation and commercial transactions. He has also developed an expertise in Regulatory Matters covering the Legal, Accountancy, Medical (Doctors & Nurses) and Pharmaceutical professions, having been involved in recent times in most of the high profile cases dealing with, in particular, members of the legal profession. Sean served as president of the CUS Union from 1989 to 1991 and was Captain of Milltown Golf Club in 1999.

Sean is a highly respected solicitor amongst clients and colleagues alike. His extensive experience in all areas of the law is an invaluable asset to the firm.

Joseph Mooney – Licensing Law Consultant

Joseph Mooney qualified as a solicitor in 1988. As a practitioner he has a vast experience in the field of licencing law and has been involved in many of the ground breaking cases in the licencing area. Joseph prides himself on timely advices yielding significant economies to the trade.

Joe covers all application types including: Restaurant, Off-Licence, Special Restaurant, Special Exemption Orders, Hotel, Renewal and Transfers and Selling a Licence

Mark Donnellan

Having worked with a number of leading commercial law firms, Mark joins the firm as Commercial Property Solicitor in our Property Department. Mark has experience in all types of property transactions but particularly in relation to the acquisition, disposal and financing of commercial property. Mark has also completed a Diploma in Finance Law and a Certificate in Conveyancing, with the Law Society of Ireland.

Aoife Reynolds

Aoife is a graduate of NUIM receiving her LLB Degree. During this time Aoife held committee positions on both the NUIM Law Society and NUIM European Law Students Association for which Aoife received a MUSE Award for Internationalisation. Aoife assists with both residential and commercial property transactions. Aoife engages directly with clients from the beginning to the end of transactions providing support throughout the process.

Maria Wobeto

Maria heads up our front of house and reception in the firm whilst also assisting with both civil litigation and commercial property matters. Maria holds a BSc in Law from 2016 and was admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association in 2017. Having worked as a lawyer in one of the largest law firms in Brazil for 4 years, Maria made the move to Ireland and is now expanding her knowledge of the Irish jurisdiction with Ken Kennedy Solicitors.

Ian Downey

Ian has joined the firm as Legal Intern. Ian is a current Law Undergraduate with DCU and has previously worked in Education prior to returning to university to pursue a career in Law. A keen Gaeilgeor, Ian is involved in many of the Irish Speaking societies in Dublin, occasionally appearing as a panel guest on radio advocating the use of Irish language.

Mu Li – Consultant (Chinese Business)

Mu has a strong legal background in both China and Ireland. She obtained a master's degree in International Business Law from the top Chinese law school at Peking University and qualified as a lawyer in China in 2009. Mu also obtained a doctoral degree in Law at University College Dublin. Her research interest is high-tech trade policies and foreign direct investment. Prior to joining Ken Kennedy Solicitors as a consultant, Mu worked as a consultant in the Corporate Finance Department of Deloitte Ireland. Mu has a particular interest in Corporate Law, Banking and Finance, Company Insolvency, Irish Immigration Law and Intellectual Property Law.

Mu's understanding of the legal systems in both China and Ireland, makes her unique in advising on foreign investment into China and Chinese investment into Ireland, especially for high net-worth individuals and high-tech start-up companies.

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