New merger creates Connacht’s largest law firm

Company profile: CallanTansey Solicitors The merger of Boyle-based legal practice CE Callan & Co. and Damien Tansey & Associates in Sligo, was announced this week.  The merger creates the largest law firm in Connacht, with over 20 solicitors and 35 support staff providing a full range of legal services to corporate and private clients throughout Sligo, Roscommon, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and beyond. The new firm which is called ‘CallanTansey’ combines the long tradition of CE Callan & Company which has been delivering private client and business services for its clients for nearly 90 years, with the specialist litigation services, particularly in the area of medical negligence, of Damien Tansey & Associates.  Damien Tansey has been involved in some of the largest awards in the Irish courts made in favour of the victims of medical misadventure and represents many parents of children with autism who are challenging the State for better education and services. Trend CallanTansey will offer a full range of legal services with a particular focus on business law, litigation, commercial conveyancing, banking, employment law and private client services.  CallanTansey will continue to operate and develop its offices in Boyle and Sligo.  This development reflects a growing trend in the Irish legal sector towards mergers to create practices of sufficient scale to provide a comprehensive and efficient service to clients. According to Christopher Callan, who is the managing partner of CallanTansey, ‘The aim of this merger is to pool our considerable expertise and resources to ensure our clients continue to receive a premium legal service in a cost effective manner from a firm with a unique understanding of this region.  Superior client care was a priority for my grandfather CE Callan when he established the practice in the 1920s.  This priority of service to clients was continued by my father Tom Callan and his partner John Kelly. It remains a central tenet of CE Callan to this day and is a core value that will continue into the new multidisciplinary practice of CallanTansey.’ Damien Tansey, who founded Tansey and Associates in 1980 and is now a partner in CallanTansey, said, ‘This is a proud day for all of our staff in both offices, their enthusiasm and support for this merger sets this venture up on very solid foundations.  CallanTansey provides the vehicle to strategically grow our business and provides the breadth of expertise and experience on both the private and corporate client sides in order to achieve that objective.’ Christopher Callan Christopher Callan is the managing partner of the newly merged ‘CallanTansey Solicitors’. Christopher is 45 and from Boyle in County Roscommon and comes from a long line of solicitors in the Callan family, with his father Thomas Callan (recently retired from the profession) to Christopher’s grandfather in the early part of the century. Christopher qualified as a solicitor in 1988. Christopher has a wide expertise in the many areas of practice in particular wills and probate, conveyancing, planning, licensing and compulsory purchase. Damien Tansey Damien is a partner in the newly merged ‘CallanTansey Solicitors’. Damien is 57 and from Ballymote in Sligo. He has been involved in some landmark court decisions particularly at High Court and Supreme Court levels. Damien qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and set up his own practice in Sligo that year and worked almost exclusively for plaintiffs and very often the defendants were the State itself or state agencies and included local authorities, An Bord Pleanála etc. He has also developed an expertise in the area of medical negligence and has been involved in some of the largest awards in the Irish courts made in favour of the victims of medical misadventure. He represents many parents of children with autism who are challenging the State for better education and services.