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Our Story – About McCarthy + Co. Solicitors LLP

McCarthy Team - March 2024

The Short Version

We provide a nationwide service in personal injury and medical negligence claims through offices in Dublin and Cork. We’re a family run legal business with over 30 years’ experience specialising in a few niche areas in which we provide excellent legal advice, assistance, and service to clients whom we value for the long haul.

    The Slightly Longer Version

    A Family Business.

    This history of McCarthy + Co Solicitors to date:

    1969 – Joe McCarthy qualifies as a solicitor

    1984 – Ann McCarthy qualifies as a solicitor

    1987 – Ann McCarthy establishes McCarthy & Co. at 10 Ashe Street, Clonakilty

    2000 – Flor McCarthy joins Ann as a partner

    2004 – John McCarthy joins Flor and Ann as a partner

    2013 – McCarthy + Co. reinvented as a nationwide specialist online business model via

    2014 – First consumer guide to the legal process Make Your Claim published and awarded Website of the Year at Irish Law Awards, the first of many to come

    2024 – The extended McCarthy + Co. family moves to our amazing new home for the next stage of our journey together…

    We were founded by Ann McCarthy over 30 years ago and her legacy continues with her four sons Flor, John, Joseph and Paul who now run and work in the business. And while the McCarthy + Co LLP family now extends to far more than just McCarthy’s, the family ethos is still central to how we operate.

    More than just a business run by a family, we are a business who sees itself as a family, both the people working in it and the wider client family that we have served over the last 30 years; our client family is the whole reason for our existence, it’s what keeps us in business.


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      Our New Home

      We spent over 30 wonderful years at 10 Ashe Street Clonakilty, but with a growing team and in order to meet the needs of our clients, the time came to move on to an even bigger home. In January of 2024, we moved to the West Cork Technology Park and were honoured to have An Tánaiste Michéal Martin officially open our new state of the art offices.

        Reception of McCarthy + Co's new offices
        The inside of McCarthy + Co's new offices
        John McCarthy at work
        Grand opening of new offices in 2024

        Our Clients

        We see long, mutually beneficial relationships with our clients as the cornerstone of our business. We have no interest in the fast buck or selling a product or service to a client just to turn a fee if it isn’t right for you in the first place. And this isn’t us being all noble, this is in our rational self-interest. Our business depends entirely on trust. You must trust us and we must trust you; just as members of a family would trust one another.

        The relationship with each of our clients is something that we look upon as a long term one from the very beginning and everything that we do is driven by this philosophy.

          A Specialist Business

          As a specialist business we have to focus on how and where we spend our time. We can’t do everything and we can’t take on every case. If we are unable to take your case, however, or we believe that we are not the best people to deal with your particular legal problem, we will tell you as soon as we become aware of it and we will help you find an appropriate alternative.

          For instance, in personal injury and medical negligence litigation cases, we can only take cases where it is clear that someone else is at fault and the person at fault or their insurance company is likely to be able to pay.

          If we are unable to take your case because it does not come within this criteria, please understand that this is not personal. We turn away many more cases than we actually take on. But, those we do take on get our full attention and can expect the best possible service and care.

            Our Systems For Your Peace of Mind

            We believe in making continuous improvements to the way we work. For this reason, we have been working over many years to establish systems in our business that improve the way we deliver service for you. From our case management systems to our communications systems and processes, we ensure every aspect of your case is managed with care, professionalism, and efficiency, whilst keeping you informed every step of the way.

            Our Risk Management Audit Standard

            As well as using IT systems to ensure your business is done properly, safely and securely, we operate to a very high independently audited standard in how we do every aspect of the work we do for you. For many years we have been accredited as part of an independent risk management audit standard, currently, the Q9000 Standard accredited by the Institute of Legal Research and Standards in Ireland. In 2012 and 2013 we achieved the coveted Gold Standard which requires a mark of over 90% on audit and we hold the highest grade at the highest standard currently available in the legal profession in Ireland.

            This risk management audit is primarily concerned with making sure that the high-risk aspects of our business are properly managed. We take these standards much further than the basic risk management requirement and apply this systematic approach to every aspect of what we do. That is why we have achieved the Gold Standard.

            Why Do We Do It?

            So that you can have peace of mind and be assured that everything that we do for you is done properly, as it should be when it should be; without you having to think about it.

            If you give us your trust by instructing us as your solicitors. We take that trust very seriously and so we go to a lot of trouble to ensure that your trust in us will never be misplaced.

            Our Awards & Accreditations

            We are a multi-award winning firm, accredited by the Law Society of Ireland.

            Irish Law Awards 2022 - Winner of Excellence & Innovation in Client Services
            Irish Law Awards 2022 - Excellence & Innovation in Client Services
            Irish Law Awards 2021 - Litigation Law Firm of the Year (Munster)
            Q9000 The Legal Quality Standard of Ireland
            AvMA logo - Action Against Medical Accidents
            Apil Logo
            Law Society of Ireland logo
            Business All-Star Logo
            Irish Law Awards 2014 winner logo
            Winner of Irish Law Awards logo

            Our Partners

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            Flor McCarthy

            Flor McCarthy

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            Twitter: @flormccarthy LinkedIn: /in/flormccarthy/

            wears multiple hats, not only as the managing partner of one of Ireland’s leading law firms, but also as an author, speaker and an acknowledged expert in client service, innovation and marketing.

            Beginning his academic journey at UCC, Flor furthered his education with a master’s degree in law from UCD. After gaining valuable experience as a solicitor in Dublin, the allure of home and the family brought him back to West Cork to contribute his expertise to the family business.
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            John McCarthy

            John McCarthy

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            LinkedIn: /in/johnmccarthysolicitor/

            is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

            John's practice involves a diverse range of cases, from personal injury and wrongful death to property damage, defective products, professional negligence and judicial reviews.
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