Walls & Toomey


About Walls & Toomey


The Team

 

 

Muriel Walls- Partner

Muriel has specialised in family law for over thirty years and was formerly a Partner with McCann FitzGerald. She has been involved in many leading cases and is a recognised expert. She has written and lectured extensively and is a member of many national and international family law and campaigning organisations. Muriel is a CEDR accredited mediator and a family mediator and collaborative practitioner.

Muriel understands the emotional turmoil of relationship breakdown and the impact this can have on the clients themselves, their children, and extended family, colleagues, work and business life. Muriel has dealt with all kinds of family law cases, giving her deep insight into the dynamics at play in a wide variety of situations.

Her experience also enables her seek early resolution to family disputes especially those with a business element. Muriel is a problem solver and she brings a “solutions” focus to all her cases. If settlement is not possible, she and her team can manage complex litigation in all courts.

Muriel was Chair of the Legal Aid Board for five years and formerly was a board member of the Family Support Agency for nine years.


Grahame Toomey – Partner

Grahame has specialised in family law for twelve years since qualifying as a solicitor in McCann FitzGerald in 2005 having trained there.

Grahame provides advice on all aspects of Family Law with in depth experience in separation, divorce, child related issues, co-habitation and Civil Partnership. He also has considerable experience in international family law having dealt with cases concerning recognition of foreign divorce, child abduction and the enforcement of orders throughout the member states. Grahame has worked with a wide variety of clients and has experience in District Court, Circuit Court and High Court family law litigation.

Grahame believes firmly that most family law cases can be resolved without recourse to the Courts and this should always be the approach adopted at the outset of a case. If this is not possible and litigation proves necessary, it will be managed in a robust but civilised and cost effective manner.

  • Grahame is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, Family and Child Law Committee
  • Grahame is a past Chair of the Family Lawyers’ Association of Ireland and member of the Family Law & Minors Committee, Dublin Solicitors Bar Association.
  • Grahame has tutored and lectured extensively in the Law Society of Ireland
  • Grahame is a trained collaborative practitioner

Michelle Dunne – Solicitor

Michelle has a Bachelor in Commerce degree from University College Dublin. She has worked with Walls & Toomey since 2013 and after undergoing her training, qualified as a solicitor in 2016.

Michelle has a LLM from UCD in International Human Rights Law specialising in the Rights of a Child in Family Law Proceedings. Michelle has been awarded a Diploma in Child Law in 2014 and a Certificate in Conveyancing 2017 by the Law Society of Ireland.

Michelle has represented the Law Society in International Mediation Competitions both in the Chicago, United States and Athens, Greece and with distinction awarded 5th place in Greece for overall Mediation team and 6th in Chicago. Michelle is a qualified Collaborative Practitioner and has a significant interest in the area of alternative dispute resolution.

Michelle deals with all aspects of Divorce, Separation, Cohabitation, Civil partnership, and children cases. Michelle also deals with all aspects of  family law and Conveyancing.


 Nina DeCelis- Legal Executive

With 20 years’ legal experience Nina is a qualified Legal Executive with a specialism in Family Law.

Nina started her career in the UK where she gained valuable experience in dealing with a broad range of family law cases to include all aspects of divorce and separation as well as being an advisor to a local Women’s Refuge. Having gained a wealth of experience in the area of Family Law, Nina was accredited as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

In 2006 Nina relocated to Dublin and has continued her professional development having gained a Diploma in Irish Family Law.

Nina enjoys helping clients through the challenges of the family law process.


 Noreen Taaffe- Office Manager