Our Team

Julie Brennan

Managing Director

Julie Brennan is a solicitor who trained in McCann FitzGerald and then worked in their commercial litigation department for 6 years, specialising in dispute resolution and litigation. Julie holds a degree in law, a masters in commercial law and a diploma in employment law. She began working in the area of risk and quality management in 2010, as head of risk management in Outsource and then head auditor with the Institute of Legal Research and Standards from August 2012. Julie has extensive experience in auditing firms of all sizes throughout the country. She has given presentations to Bar Associations around the country on the subject of risk and quality management and has lectured on the subject in the Law Society.

Cathy Haines

Senior Auditor

Cathy Haines was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2007 and worked as a general practice solicitor with Rory P. Benville & Co. Solicitors in Bray. She started working with Outsource in 2011 as an Auditor and Risk Management Consultant and joined the Institute of Legal Research and Standards when it was created in 2012. She has audited a large number of small to medium sized firms mainly on the East coast of Ireland over the past five years and has also assisted and supported firms who were looking to implement a full risk management strategy. In addition Cathy has been involved in carrying out a full review of undertakings and files for a number of firms through her continued work with Outsource.

Kate Ashmore

Senior Auditor

Kate was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2002 and gained extensive experience in a number of general practices in the midlands. Kate was employed as a senior auditor with the Institute of Legal Research and Standards for seven years from 2012, following which she took up a two- year inhouse role with a regulatory body before rejoining the LQSI in January 2022 as Head of Business Development. Kate has extensive experience in the areas of AML compliance and data protection and holds a Diploma in Risk Management and Compliance and a Certificate in Data Protection Law

Sinéad O’Sullivan

Senior Auditor

Sinead O’Sullivan graduated from UCG (now NUIG) with B.Comm and LL.B (honours) degrees in 1995 and 1998 respectively. Sinead trained with Howley Carter & Co., Solicitors, Sligo and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2003. Post qualification she worked for several firms including Howley, Carter & Co. Solicitors, Sligo, O’Callaghan, Cowhey, Solicitors, Dublin and Peter Martin, Solicitors, Sligo practising primarily in residential and commercial conveyancing but gaining extensive experience in all areas of general practise until joining the Institute of Legal Research & Standards now the Legal Quality Standard of Ireland in 2012. Sinead completed a Certificate in Conveyancing and Property Law with the Law Society in 2014 and a Certificate in Data Protection Practice with the Law Society in February 2018.

Rose Hudson

Senior Auditor

Rose has worked as a Legal Risk and Quality Management Consultant since June 2011; prior to that she worked as a solicitor for over a decade. During that time Rose gained broad experience in a number of areas of law including commercial property and litigation. Rose has obtained diplomas from the Law Society in Commercial Conveyancing, Trust and Estate Planning and E-Commerce. She has worked as a mediator with the Family Mediation Services and has practiced as a Notary Public since 2008. Rose visits legal firms in the Munster area on behalf of the Institute of Legal Research and Standards.

Mary Daly

Senior Auditor

Mary Daly graduated from UCG (now NUIG) with B.A. and LL.B. degrees in 1978 and 1980 respectively. She was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Michaelmas 1982. Since qualifying as a solicitor she worked for a number of firms including Emerson & Conway, Galway; Sheridan & Co, Letterkenny and P.O’Connor & Son, Swinford. Mary joined Outsource in July 2011 as an auditor/risk management consultant and has continued in this role with the Institute of Legal Research & Standards since its inception.

Emma Hynes

Auditor

Emma graduated with an LLB (honours) degree in 2004 and in 2008 graduated with a Barrister-at-Law degree from The Honorable Society of Kings Inns and was subsequently called to the Bar that same year.
She then worked for many years in Healthcare where she was mainly focused on the areas of Compliance and Risk Management in the Private sector. Emma completed the Essentials of Legal Practice Course (ELPC) in The Law Society of Ireland in September 2020 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in January 2022.
During this time, she gained experience with a General Practice firm in Dublin working mainly in the areas of conveyancing, employment law, family law and litigation. In addition to this, she managed to refresh her skills and keep up to date with the latest industry developments. In 2020 she completed a Diploma in Compliance and Risk Management accredited by The Law Society of Ireland. Emma also holds a Diploma in Employment Law and a Diploma in Finance.

Deborah Weekes

Auditor

Deborah Weekes joined The Legal Quality Standard of Ireland in 2022 and works with firms in the Munster area. She has worked as a solicitor for over 15 years in general practice; primarily in the areas of conveyancing and probate with extensive experience in litigation. She holds an LL.B (Hons) in Law and European Studies from the University of Limerick and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of the Law Society of Ireland in 2006. She also holds a Diploma in Family Law and a Certificate in Technology Law from the Law Society of Ireland.