Tralee Law Firm Solicitor Triumphs At World Mediation Tournament

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Paula O’Halloran (right) with teammates David Murphy (Michael Houlihan & Partners Solicitors) and Grainne Hussey (Eversheds Sutherland) after winning their award.

A TRAINEE solicitor at professional services firms, CDS Law & Tax, has returned victorious from the International Academy of Dispute Resolution Mediation Tournament, held March 4th – 7th at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Paula was one of the three trainee solicitors chosen to represent the Law Society of Ireland. The Championship tournament draws more than 50 teams from across the world including the US, Canada, India and Europe.

Receiving the award for 1st place mediator team, Paula said of the achievement: “We are thrilled with the result. The competition was intense so we are very proud and grateful to our coaches, firms and the Law Society for their support throughout.”

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Paula, a graduate of the University of Limerick, has been working with CDS Law & Tax since 2017 and will qualify as a solicitor in November 2020.

Joining Paula in the victory were teammates David Murphy (Michael Houlihan & Partners Solicitors) and Grainne Hussey (Eversheds Sutherland), along with their coach John Lunney.

The tournament sees participants compete through three preliminary rounds in which each team member must serve as a mediator, advocate and client. Mediators are paired with a co-mediator from different law schools, in recognition of the collaborative nature of mediation. 16 teams advance to the semi-final stages with only four mediators selected for the final, where they are judged on their ability to help guide the parties to a resolution of the dispute.

CDS Law & Tax is a leading professional services firm with offices in Cork city and Tralee, offering a nationwide service in both legal and tax matters.

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