TIMES ARE tough for companies at the moment, whether they are established for generations or new kids on the block, but a new local solicitor is hoping to fight the corner for small businesses in the town.
Michael Fitzsimons has just opened his own practice TMR Fitzsimons Solicitors in Mayoralty Street, and is specialising in advising start-up businesses, or working with problems many may encounter along the way.
'My practice is focused on business law and litigation for both business and personal clients,' says Michael, who although a Meath man, moved to Drogheda 12 years ago when he married Loreto Gregory from Beamore, daughter of well-known Johnny and Bernie Gregory.
'I have also guided many clients and their families through personal injuries and employment litigation, including brain injury and medical negligence cases.'
Michael qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and trained under MaryClare Markey, a daughter of former local solicitor Patrick Markey.
Two years ago, he was the lead solicitor in a successful Supreme Court challenge to the Flood Tribunal, in a decision with an estimated value of 50m.
'I'm also a trade mark agent, so I will be happy to welcome queries or new clients to the office at unit 20, Workspace Centre,' he added.
There were welcomes for the new solicitor in Drogheda District Court on Friday, as Padraig Duffy introduced Mr Fitzsimons, with gardai, solicitors, the probation service and court service all adding their comments.
'It is encouraging to see someone setting up in the town during these tough times,' said Judge Flann Brennan, 'and with your background and training, I'm sure you will do well.