Meet the Team

CIARÁN MULHOLLAND | Principal Solicitor

Ciarán Mulholland was educated at St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ Grammar School in Belfast and read law with Irish Language at Magee College of the Ulster University, graduating with Honours in 2008.

He obtained a Masters of Laws from Queens University, Belfast in 2010 focusing on Human Rights and Criminal Justice and later completed his solicitor’s vocational training course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, successfully graduating with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies in 2012.

Ciarán has worked in the legal profession continuously since 2007 with some of the UK and Ireland’s most prestigious Human Rights practices to include a ‘Ranked Number 1’ law firm in the world famous Chambers and Partners Guide. Our Principal is dual-qualified and has been called to the Roll of Solicitors in both jurisdictions on the Island of Ireland. Ciarán has extensive experience in Criminal Defence, Civil Litigation, Extradition and Regulatory matters. He frequently represents clients at Police Stations and headed up the Superior Courts and Trial Section of a leading Dublin City Law Firm as a Partner for several years before embarking on his pursuit of MulhollandLAW, recognising a gap in the legal market for a fresh outward-looking practice.

Ciarán was one of the first Irish solicitors to participate in the ‘SUPRALAT Project’, dealing with strengthening suspects rights in Garda interviews, delivered by the Law Society of Ireland in conjunction with Maastricht’s University.

He has continued with his professional development and has acquired further qualifications with a Professional Certificate in Data Protection Practice and a Certificate in Mediation certified by the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII).

Ciarán has assisted the Law Society of Ireland to integrate Regulatory Crime into their Criminal Litigation Professional Practice Course (PPC) for apprentice Solicitors and continues to serve the Law Society as a Tutor. Ciarán has published several academic articles dealing with miscarriages of justice, police use of force and draconian legislation dealing with the covert interception of citizens data.

Our Principal is one of the few Irish Lawyers to hold membership of the prestigious European Criminal Bar Association and the European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers. Ciarán has had the great privileged of representing Clients’ before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg which ultimately contributed to his nomination for Criminal Lawyer of the Year at the Annual Irish Law Awards.

Away from the office Ciarán, being a Gaeilgeoir, is an advocate of Irish Language Rights and a GAA enthusiast whereby he continues to support his GAA Club at youth levels and local community organisations and charities

MICHELLE LYNCH | Practice Manager

Michelle Lynch is a native of Dundalk Co. Louth.

Michelle was educated at St Mary’s College in Dundalk town and is a graduate of the Belfast Metropolitan College having successfully completed her National Vocational Qualification, a diploma in Travel Commerce and Services in 2000. Michelle was also awarded a third level qualification in Web Design having studied with the O’Fiaich Institute of Further Education, Dundalk, in 2012 .

Michelle has extensive experience spanning 10 years in the commercial service industry, ranging from administrative support at the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, customer service agent at eBay and most recently a financial collections consultant with PayPal.

In 2020 Michelle joined Mulholland Law as a legal assistant to the principal and has considerably assisted with the growth and expansion of the firm. In 2022 Michelle was elevated to office manager and now oversee the daily administration of the practice.

LEON HUGHES | Financial Controller

Leon is originally from the County Tyrone village of Coalisland where she attended St. Joseph’s College. Leon graduated with a National Diploma in Computer Software and Programme Engineering from the Belfast Metropolitan College in 1995.

Leon has extensive experience in the management and financial running of businesses, having initially held the role of office and production manager of a high profile multinational distribution company.

Leon is an experienced practitioner in legal book-keeping with over 20 year’s experience in this field. She has completed multiple courses accredited by the Law Society in Northern Ireland to esnure book-keeping and money laundering compliance.

Leon joined Mulholland Law in 2020 and has been a dedicated and invaluable part of the team since.

FIONA RAFFERTY | Business Administrator

Fiona was educated at St. Louis Secondary School Carrickmacross and Dundalk Institute of Technology where she gained her certificate in Graphic Design in 2012.

She is a Certified Adobe Expert and a holds a Professional Certificates in Data Analytics for business and Digital Marketing.

Fiona has almost 10 years experience in Marketing, Graphic Design and Printing.


EMILY O’REILLY | Legal Executive

Emily is from Dundalk, County Louth.

Emily was educated at St. Vincent’s Secondary School in Dundalk and studied Arts with Human Rights, French and Political Science at the National University of Ireland, Galway graduating with Honours in 2020.

Emily having a keen interest in Social Justice and Human Rights continued  to read law and successfully completed her Masters of Laws in International Human Rights at NUI Galway in 2021. During Emily’s student years she undertook several internships in the field of Human Rights which saw her work in Peru and working with survivors of Institutional Abuse under the stewardship of Adoption Rights Alliance.

Having joined Mulholland Law in 2022 she assist the office manager with the daily running of the office and file managements. She is an aspiring Solicitor.

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