....... solutions driven through understanding the farming business:
Aisling Meehan – Solicitor, Chartered Tax Advisor, Young Trained Farmer
Aisling married a Cork man, Brian and has two young children Philip and Maureen.
Aisling Meehan graduated from University of Limerick with an honours degree in Law and Accounting. She trained in the Tax Department of one of Ireland’s top five law firms, William Fry graduating as a Solicitor and Chartered Tax Adviser (AITI).
She has also completed FETAC 180 hour Certificate in Farming and was awarded a level 5 FETAC certificate in Animal and Crop Production as well as a level 6 FETAC certificate in Farm Business.
She is solicitor to the leading national farming newspaper in Ireland, the Irish Farmers Journal. She takes an active part in shaping agricultural legal and tax policy and regularly contributes to various legal, tax and business forums to include:
- Awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in January 2011 sponsored by FBD Trust for a study entitled “Access to Land for Dairying – New Legal and Tax Models in an Irish Context”. The stated objective of the Irish Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust (NFST) is to identify future leaders of Irish agriculture and to facilitate their quest to bring about meaningful change for the benefit of the agricultural industry.
- Active contributor to the Joint Initiative by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and the Department of Finance on the Agri-Taxation Review.
- Member of the Advisory Board of Governors at Salesian Agricultural College and Farm.
- Member of Board of Directors of Embrace FARM, a charitable organization set up to support those affected by farm accidents
- Member of the Communications Committee of Nuffield Ireland.
- Former Member of Council of the Law Society of Ireland
- Former Member of the Taxation Committee, Gazette Editorial Board and Public Relations Committee of the Law Society of Ireland
- Former Member of TALC Sub Committee on Collection Issues with representatives from Revenue, the Irish Taxation Institute and the CCABI
- Regular Panelist on the Marian Finucane Show, a national radio programme on current affairs.
- Interviewed on farming matters on national television on “Ear to the Ground”, on national radio RTE 1 “Countrywide” and local radio Clare FM, KCLR and South East Radio.
- Regular contributor of articles to the Farming Independent, Farmers Journal, the Farmers Handbook, Law Society Gazette and Ear to the Ground Magazine.
- Presentations & Seminars to Farming Discussion Groups and events organised by the Irish Farmers Association, Macra, Irish Grassland Association, Teagasc, The Law Society of Ireland and the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
- Contributor of articles and pro bono advice to charitable organisations including the ISPCA and Barretstown.
- Lecturing UCD Bachelor of Agricultural Science Degree Students.
- Lecturing students in the Law Society of Ireland.
- Presented a CPD Vodcast for the Law Society of Ireland on the topic of Milk Quota’s.
- Member of the National Rural Network Strategic Issues Working Group which published a report entitled “Potential of Farm Partnerships to Facilitate Entry into and Establishment in Farming”.
Aisling enjoys farming, swimming and coming up with new innovations in her spare time.
Pauline Kearns – Solicitor specialising in Conveyancing
Pauline hails from a beef and suckler farm in County Roscommon, married a Limerick man and is now living in South Limerick. They have one son.
Pauline has a BA European Studies (Law) degree from the University of Limerick and enrolled as a Solicitor in 1995. She has over 25 years of experience mainly in rural practices specialising in the area of Conveyancing – both commercial and residential.
She also has experience in Probate and the Administration of Estates. Pauline has continued her professional development by completing Diplomas in Family Law and Property Tax and recently completed a Certificate in Agribusiness and Food Law with the Law Society of Ireland.
Pauline enjoys reading, walking, GAA and jiving in her spare time.
Catherine Brennan – Solicitor specialising in Probate and Administration of Estates
Catherine recently relocated from Meath to her ancestral home in North Tipperary. She is married with three daughters.
Catherine graduated from University College Dublin with an honours degree in law (BCL) and was admitted as a solicitor in 1983. Catherine’s experience extends to all areas of Probate to include providing sensitive and expert advice in relation to Estate Planning, drafting of Wills, creation of Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney, and generally advising on all aspects of the administration of Estates including all property transactions.
Since 2012, she has been a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) having obtained from the Law Society a Diploma in Trust and Estate Planning. Catherine had previously obtained a Diploma in Property Taxation from the Law Society and also holds a Diploma in Counselling/Psychology.
Catherine enjoys travelling, tennis and sailing in her spare time.
Celine Fortune – Accountant/Office Manager
Celine is from Dublin and has lived in Clare for many years. She is married with four boys.
Celine studied at Griffith College Dublin qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant and has trained in both Australia and Dublin.
Celine is a financial professional with extensive experience in large complex organisations including service, manufacturing and medical technology sectors. As a Finance Manager, Celine has led finance teams in these organisations, coordinated financial reporting, accounting, inventory and project related initiatives.
She took a step back from the corporate world to focus on rearing her family and joined Aisling Meehan Agricultural Solicitors as it gave her the flexibility she needed with a young family.
Celine enjoys sewing, design, cooking and is an active scouter in her spare time.
Mary Curtin – Law and Accounting Graduate and PhD Student
Mary hails from a farm in North Cork. She farms beef, sheep and horses with her father while also balancing her studies. Mary began working with the firm in 2018 as part of her Co-op work placement while studying Law and Accounting at University of Limerick. Mary has also completed the Law Society Certificate in Agribusiness and Food Law.
Mary has recently graduated with a first Class Honours degree in Law and Accounting from the University of Limerick. She is commencing a PhD at the University of Limerick looking at why female farm ownership is low in Ireland from a financial/taxation, legal, policy and societal/cultural point of view. She is working with the firm on a part time basis whilst undertaking her PhD.
Mary is highly academic for which she has won numerous awards including:
- Mason Hayes & Curran Company Law prize – Final year UL Law student with top results in Company Law.
- A & L Goodbody, Solicitors Prize – The UL law student who completed first year with the highest academic grades.
- Won the UL Law Essay Competition in 2015 tilted “Animal Welfare and Health Act 2013”.
- Awarded UL scholarship based on top performance in Leaving Certificate.
- Awarded ‘Student of the Year’ at Leaving Certificate graduation.
Mary enjoys farming, horse riding and swimming in her spare time.
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