Simon, who will continue his practice with Barry M. O’Meara & Son throughout his presidential appointment, is honoured to be President of the Law Society of Ireland for 2016 and is looking forward to what will undoubtedly be an exciting year as leader of the solicitors’ profession.
On his election, Simon Murphy, said “It is a great honour to be the elected leader of the solicitors’ profession in a time of considerable change. We expect the imminent passing into law of the Legal Services Regulation Bill, which will change many of the ways we are regulated and do business. I am also proud of the fact that we are the first legal profession in the world in which women are the majority. We are a diverse, dynamic, confident profession ready to meet all challenges capably, just as we have throughout our history.”
Simon Murphy began his term as President of the Law Society of Ireland for the year 2015/16, with effect from Friday 6 November 2015. He will serve a one-year term as President of the 15,000-strong solicitors’ profession until November 2016. Simon originally comes from Cork City, and now lives in Fountainstown, near Crosshaven. He is the eldest of four sons, born to Judge AG Murphy (deceased) and Dorothea (née Coldrick). He is married to Fiona, also a solicitor. He has one daughter, Jennifer.
Simon was educated in CBC secondary school in Cork and graduated from University College Cork with a BCL law degree. Apprenticed to John O’Meara of Barry O’Meara & Son (the firm he has stayed with throughout his legal career), he also credits another partner in the firm, Jack Phelan, for taking him under his wing and imparting to him the valuable skills of crisis management.
Simon was one of the first groups of students to enter the then newly-opened Blackhall Place, and he qualified as a solicitor in 1984. At the age of 26 he was invited onto the council of the Southern Law Association by John Jermyn (of law firm Ronan Daly Jermyn) where he subsequently served as secretary and president. In 1998 he was nominated as a delegate member of the Law Society Council. His first election to the Council of the Law Society was in 2000. He has served continuously between councils of both bodies for an unbroken period of 30 years.
Mr Murphy has served as chair and vice-chair on several of the Society’s main committees, including the Regulation of Practice Committee, the Complaints and Client Relations Committee, and the Education Committee, among others. For further details regarding Simon’s practice areas and experience click here: Simon Murphy