On the 26th of February 2012 Kieron Wood of the Sunday Business Post penned an article “Haughey niece in asset stripping dispute over solicitor practice at Christchurch”.

The article arose out of an attempt by Mr. David Synnott former partner of the dissolved practice of Lawline Solicitors to have a Receiver appointed to wind-down the practice in which he and Caoimhe were equal partners for almost 10 years.

In August of 2011 Caoimhe issued a Notice of Dissolution effective from the 30th of September 2011 in order to bring an end to her solicitors’ partnership with Synnott. This was due to irreconcilable difficulties in the running of the partnership.

In her 7,000 word Judgement Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy, now of the Supreme Court dismissed Synnott’s application to appoint a Receiver. She referred to Synnott’s understanding of the role of a Receiver in a solicitor’s partnership as misconceived. Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy later awarded Caoimhe the full Costs of this failed application. Synnott threatened to appeal the decisions of Ms. Justice Laffoy to the Supreme Court however he subsequently abandoned this course of action.

For a full copy of the Judgement in this matter dated the 12th of December 2011 [Haughey –v- Synnott 2011 IEHC 467] please visit the following link: –

In a later Judgement on the 8th of October 2012 Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy described the conduct of Mr. Synnott in respect of his handling of the dissolution of the former practice of Lawline Solicitors as high handed. She further said in this Judgement.

“The course adopted by the Defendant on the 2nd of October 2011 was certainly not going to resolve the issues between the Parties. The Defendant should have anticipated that his actions would necessarily give rise to an application for injunctive relief by the Plaintiff (Haughey). This is what happened. The Plaintiff was successful on the applications in obtaining the relief for which there was immediate urgency. This is a case, in my view, where the Costs should follow that event”.

Consequently Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy awarded Caoimhe the Costs of her applications for interim and interlocutory relief against the Defendant, Synnott.

For a full copy of the Judgement in this matter dated the 8th October 2012 [Haughey –v- Synnott 2012 IEHC 403] please visit the following link: –

Since October 2011 C. M. Haughey Solicitors has been thriving under Caoimhe and her loyal team including Marianne Sheridan; Jessica Cullen; Emma Jones and Martina Rowley.

Caoimhe is very grateful to previous Clients of the Lawline practice and to all her existing clients for their continued loyalty, support and referral business.


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