LK Shields Solicitors LLP Announces Appointment of New Managing Partner and Chairman

LK Shields Solicitors LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of David Williams as its new Managing Partner.  David will lead the firm for the next four years of continued growth and expansion.

In addition, one of our leading Corporate Partners Gerry Halpenny assumes the role of Chairman.

David Williams is a Partner in the Financial Services Group.  His practice areas include investment funds and capital markets.  David's clients include investment managers, custodian banks, fund administrators and investors.  David joined the firm as a Partner in 2000.

Gerry Halpenny is one of Ireland’s leading M&A practitioners and a key driving force behind the firm’s highly regarded M&A practice.  He has also advised clients extensively on a wide range of commercial agreements and arrangements. Gerry joined the firm as a Partner in 1998.

Commenting on the announcement, David Williams, newly appointed Managing Partner said:

“LK Shields Solicitors LLP has a thriving client portfolio in both domestic and international markets across a wide variety of practice areas.  Like all successful businesses, we will continue to adapt and innovate in accordance with the needs of our clients and the market as a whole.  I look forward to all of the challenges and opportunities that the next four years will bring.” 

David Williams and Gerry Halpenny replace the outgoing leadership team of Emmet Scully and Michael Kavanagh. 

Emmet Scully will resume his client facing role as a senior Partner in the Corporate and M&A team. 

Michael Kavanagh will resume client facing work and head the firm’s market leading Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice.  He will also continue to drive growth in the Western region through the continued expansion of the firm’s Galway office.

Over the last four years the firm has shown impressive growth across a range of practice areas.  Amongst the many innovations introduced during that time are the opening of a thriving office in Galway, the establishment of a base in London and the merger with Kilroys Solicitors.  The firm has also invested heavily in market leading technology which has seen it continue to provide a seamless service to clients through the Covid-19 crisis.

Commenting on the change of leadership, Emmet Scully, outgoing Managing Partner said:

“The changes are part of exciting new developments in the management structures of the firm.  It was an honour to represent the firm as Managing Partner and I now look forward to returning full time to my client facing role as a senior Partner in the Corporate / M&A team.”


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