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Thursday 25 May 2017

KOD Lyons partners agree deal to split as two cases settled

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Tim Healy

TWO separate legal disputes involving a Dublin law firm have been resolved, the High Court has heard.

Both cases involved KOD Lyons, of Ushers Quay, which specialises in criminal and human rights actions.

One of its founders, Michael Kelleher, had brought proceedings against fellow solicitors, and partners in the firm, John O'Doherty and Aine Flynn.

Mr Kelleher claimed he had been frozen out of the practice.

The claims were denied and the court heard that previously the partners had come to a realisation that the partnership could no longer continue.

Following talks since Wednesday, Mr Justice Tony O'Connor was told yesterday that the parties had "resolved their differences".

Frank Callanan SC, for Mr Kelleher, said it had come after "significant talks" and the case could be struck out.

Marcus Dowling BL, for Ms Flynn and Mr O'Doherty, said Mr Kelleher would be leaving the firm and would be setting up his own practice, while the firm of KOD Lyons will continue.

Mr Dowling added that his clients wanted to wish Mr Kelleher the very best for the future.

The dispute had not affected the firm's clients in any way, he said.

No other details of the settlement were revealed in open court.

A second action brought by KOD Lyons against two of its former solicitors, Freda Murphy and Niamh O'Brien, for an alleged breach of contract, had also been settled, Mr Dowling said.

The firm had been seeking including injunctions restraining the two solicitors from canvassing any of KOD Lyons clients or from carrying on a practice as solicitors anywhere within a mile of the firm's offices until April 2017.

That application and the claim of a breach of contract had been fully contested.

Barney Quirke BL, for Ms Murphy and Ms O'Brien, said his clients were happy the parties in the first action had come to an amicable agreement. No terms of the agreement were revealed in open court and the case was adjourned to allow the settlement be implemented.

Mr Justice O Connor welcomed the settlements in both disputes.

Irish Independent

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