In keeping with their Galway roots, the firm’s three founding partners, who all studied at NUI Galway, decided to name the firm after Edward Berwick who became the second President of NUI Galway, or Queens college as it was then know, in 1850.

Edward Berwick was a well-respected lawyer and was instrumental in ensuring the continuation of the University when he petitioned Queen Victoria to keep the royal charter in the face of fierce opposition from the Catholic and Protestant hierarchy who objected to the fact that the university was educating students of both religions in the same classes.

Despite overwhelming opposition, Edward Berwick convinced the Queen as to the importance of the University thereby ensuring its continuation. He died in office in 1877.

Today, the partners of Berwick Solicitors are David Higgins, John Callinan and Ronan Murphy.

David Higgins Berwick Solicitors GalwayPartner David Higgins, B.Comm, L.L.B., Dip. Comm. Law, Notary Public

David is a Galway native and attended NUIG where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce Degree. David subsequently studied Law and qualified as a solicitor in 2001. David is an experienced litigation solicitor who specialises in Family Law, Employment Law and Commercial Law. David has a diploma in Commercial Law and is an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator. David held the position of President of the Galway Solicitors Bar Association for three years and is the current Connaught representative to the Council of the Law Society of Ireland. David sits on the Regulation to Practice Committee in the Law Society. David is also a Notary Public.

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Partner John Callinan

With qualifications from UCD and the Law Society of Ireland, John Callinan has been practising law in the Mid-West for 35 years.

During that time, John has gained a proud reputation for tailor-made, personalised legal solutions in property, taxation, family law, succession planning, debt resolution, disability rights etc.

From early in life, John has known the value of effective legal representation when his mother was threatened with eviction by a ground landlord. The threat was thwarted by robust legal representation and the experience has ensured that John Callinan has always fearlessly asserted the rights of his clients.

John has also qualified with Diplomas in Property Law and Taxation and his expertise in the area of medical law has been acknowledged by his appointment to the Chair of the Mental Health Tribunal.

One of Clare’s finest hurlers, he has won two National League titles, two Railway Cups and two All Stars. After his playing days, he has continued to contribute his experience and skills to Gaelic Games as Chairperson of the GAA’s Dispute Resolution Authority and as an officer of his local club, Clarecastle.

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Partner Ronan Murphy B. Corp. Law, L.L.B., Dip Comm. Property.

Ronan is a Graduate of NUI, Galway having completed a Bachelor of Corp Law and Bachelor of Laws. He went on to study at The Law Society of Ireland where he qualified as a solicitor under the watchful and experienced eye of his then Master and now partner John Callinan. He subsequently completed a further Diploma in commercial conveyance and certificate in Sports Law through the Law Society of Ireland

Ronan has worked in legal practices in Ennis, Limerick, Dublin and Galway. Ronan practiced as a sole practitioner for 10 years under the style of Ronan Murphy Solicitors before joining forces with David and John. Ronan has significant experience in the areas of residential and commercial conveyance with a keen interest also in the areas of litigation and family Law. Ronan is a committee member of the Galway Solicitor Bar Association for many years. He has a keen interest in swimming and surf lifesaving and is involved with the surf lifesaving clubs in both Clare and Galway

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Emer Mulry Berwick Solicitors GalwayEmer Mulry, B.A, L.L.B

Emer is a native of Abbeyknockmoy, Co. Galway. Qualified as a Solicitor in 2008. Practicing in the areas of Personal Injuries Law, Medical Negligence Law and Enduring Power of Attorney.

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Martin-Kerrigan-Berwick-Solicitors-Galway-DublinMartin Kerrigan B.A. L.L.B, Solicitor

Martin, a native of Claregalway, County Galway, completed his Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) at National University of Ireland Galway. Having worked with John F. Martin Solicitors for a year and a half primarily in the areas of criminal law and personal injuries law, Martin then joined Berwick Solicitors in December 2011 practising in all areas of Civil Litigation but focusing primarily on the areas of Personal Injury, Medical Negligence and Debt Recovery.

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Edel Murphy, Solicitor


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Lorna Hrehorow, Solicitor


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Contact Berwick Solicitors in Galway

To contact us at Berwick Solicitors, Galway:
Add: 16 Eyre square, Galway, H91 Y735.

Tel: +353 (0)91 567 545

Fax: +353 (0)91 569 232.


Office Hours: 9.30 -1 PM and 2-5.30 PM, Monday – Friday.


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