History

Holmes O'Malley Sexton LLP was founded when the three separate practices of Gordon Holmes, Michael O’Malley and James Sexton joined together. Established in 1970, the firm goes back many years and has since then remained at the forefront of the legal arena.  

HOMS Assist is a dedicated arm of Holmes O’Malley Sexton LLP specialising in catering for the legal requirements of individuals. This means whatever advice you need or problem you have, we can help.  We are expert legal advisors with a difference. Giving the best possible advice means taking the time to listen to and understand what matters most to the people with whom we work. 

As our clients experience the life events that create their personal story, they value expert advice when they need it most.  They come from many different walks of life.  Whether it is tax, trusts, estates, family, relationships or property, or even when life becomes a challenge or confrontational, our clients all have something in common - they look to HOMS Assist and receive professional legal support. 

Being one of the largest law firms in Ireland we have fifteen partners, over forty solicitors, with a total head count of over 140 staff. We are a client focused firm whose experienced team work closely with clients to gain an in-depth understanding of their objectives to ensure that we achieve the best possible result. Our partners and lawyers, who are highly skilled not only in law but in leadership and change management, are acutely tuned to the business objectives of our clients and are dedicated to delivering legal services of excellence. We continue to grow and are passionate about attracting and retaining the best legal personnel and developing their talent and legal acumen. 

Always having had a commitment to quality legal services, delivering legal services to the highest prevailing standards in the profession, we consistently adhere to systems, policies and procedures in order to ensure this standard of service is delivered to our clients. In October 2020 we were again awarded a Gold grade, 99%, in the Q9000 Risk Management Legal Quality Standard Certification after a full and comprehensive audit by the Institute of Legal Research and Standards. The Q9000, which is recognised by the Law Society of Ireland, is the most advanced strategic, risk and quality management standard awarded by the Institute to law firms demonstrating exceptional levels of strategic, innovation and quality management. 

We are recognised internationally amongst the top firms and lawyers by Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe legal directories. 

We received outstanding recognition and were named winners in the Irish Law Awards 2015, 2014 and 2012. In 2016 we were finalists in a total of three award categories. In 2017 we won the Best Employer: Talent Development and Workplace Wellness Award at the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards 2017. We were rated seventh out of the top ten Irish legal graduate employers by Grad Ireland in 2018. Our transition year programmes were shortlisted in the 2019 Chambers Ireland Awards. The firm are signatories to the Law Society of Ireland’s charters for a commitment to diversity and wellness.