our people

Andrew Coonan

Qualified as a Solicitor in February 1997 and has obtained a Degree in politics and history. He pursued a career as an amateur jockey for a number
of years before turning his attention solely to law. Andrew is Secretary of the Irish Jockeys Association and practises in all aspects of law but has particular expertise in the area of the Racing and Equestrian Industries and also the analysis of the rules of various sporting bodies including the Irish Sports Council, the Turf Club, the GAA, the Irish Athletics Association, The Football Association of Ireland and the Show Jumping Association of Ireland. Andrew also advises clients in relation to agricultural and commercial property transactions and the relevant tax implications in relation to same. Andrew practices in the area of commercial and civil and criminal litigation. He also advises in relation to estate planning and family law.

Andrew holds a number of Board and Trustee positions particularly in relation to advising in the area of jockey welfare, education and financial support.

Andrew can be contacted at acoonan@coonancawley.ie or phone 045 899571.

Susanna Cawley

Qualified as a practising solicitor in February 1997. She has a degree in Economics and Politics and a masters Degree in Economics. She was a member of the lecturing department of Economics in UCD for a two year period and uses her experience from this job in her legal practice. Susanna is a partner in the firm and practises in the area of private clients and commercial law. She also focuses on the provision of a wide range of services including financial, tax and estate planning including wills, administration of estates, conveyancing both commercial and private, agricultural property, commercial law, company law and family law.

Susanna holds a number of positions as Trustee and Director on boards including the Board of Timoney Leadership Institute, a charity promoting effective, ethical leadership in business and industry.

Susanna can be contacted at scawley@coonancawley.ie or phone 045 899571.

James Cawley

James Cawley Qualified as a practising solicitor in 1951. James is a partner in the firm and was originally a partner in a large commercial Dublin practice involved in the setting up of the Irish Financial Services Centre and in particular the area of ucit funds, and the tax based incentives for commercial conveyancing in the Dublin Docklands area. More recently James moved to Kildare and continues to practice particularly in the area of trusts, commercial law and tax based incentive schemes in relation to investment and property transactions.

James also advises in relation to the area of deeds of family arrangement, media contracts, film franchise and production contracts.

Karen Barker

Qualified as a practising Solicitor in February 2007. She obtained a Degree in Law and Business and is a Certified Insurance Practitioner having obtained a Diploma in Insurance Law.

Karen is an Assistant Solicitor in the firm and practises in the area of civil litigation and probate. Karen has extensive experience in both Plaintiff and Defence personal injury litigation, working in house for a leading insurance Company for a number of years.

Karen can be contacted at karen@coonancawley.ie or 045 899571.

Francis Coonan

Qualified from Dublin Business school in 2001, Francis has a BA (Hons) in Business Management and also holds ACCA qualifications. He is the Office Manager in the firm responsible for the Finance & Accounts, Compliance, Banking, Recruitment & HR, Jockeys Association work together with IT Administration.

Francis can be contacted at fcoonan@coonancawley.ie or 045 899571.

Breda McGarry

Breda is with Coonan Cawley Solicitors since the partnership was formed and previously worked in local law firms. She is a qualified Legal Executive with a B.A. Law and her area of expertise is in Litigation, Family Law, Probate, Conveyancing and Wards of Court.

Breda may be contacted on bmcgarry@coonancawley.ie or 045 899571.

Rachel Rouse

Rachel has worked in Coonan Cawley since 2013 and previous to that worked in another Legal practise in Naas for 11 years and was also employed, in-house, in a semi state company. Rachel completed a Diploma in Legal Studies in 2007.

Rachel works mainly in the areas of charity law, conveyancing both commercial and private and company law.

Rachel can be contacted on rrouse@coonancawley.ie or 045 899571.

Sonia Lo

Sonia is a native of Naas and has worked in Coonan Cawley since 2017, having obtained her LL.B. Bachelor of Laws degree in Waterford Institute of Technology.

Sonia began her legal career as a Paralegal Officer in the Technology Transfer Office based in Ireland’s leading University, Trinity College Dublin. Within this position, Sonia focused on drafting and reviewing agreements and contracts with various third party companies, with a particular focus on Intellectual Property law.

Sonia has worked predominantly in the areas of Charity law, Conveyancing both commercial and private, Company law, Licensing and Landlord and Tenant law.

Sonia can be contacted on slo@coonancawley.ie or 045 899571.

Pamela McFadden

Pamela has worked in Coonan Cawley since November 2016. Her background is Human Resources and she worked for over 10 years in the IFSC in Dublin.

Pamela is CIPD qualified and studied at the National College of Ireland. Pamela works mainly in the area of litigation.

Pamela can be contacted on pmcfadden@coonancawley.ie or 045 899571.

Lyndsey Daly

Lyndsey started working in Coonan Cawley in January of this year. Previous to that, Lyndsey worked in another Legal practise in Dublin for 9 years. Lyndsey’s qualifications include a Certificate and Diploma in Professional Legal Studies from Griffith College Dublin.

Lyndsey works mainly in the areas of litigation and conveyancing.

Lyndsey can be contacted on ldaly@coonancawley.ie or 045 899571.

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