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Michael J. Staines & Company Solicitors was founded in 1985 and is celebrating its thirty third year as an internationally recognised Criminal Law firm based in central Dublin.

 

Michael J Staines & Company has represented public figures and individuals in some of the highest profile and complex cases in the Irish criminal courts. 

 

For many people approached by investigators or regulators, their initial reaction is to cooperate fully and to respond entirely to the allegations made in the belief that this will achieve the best and fairest outcome. In our many years’ experience, this is unfortunately not always the best course of action.  

 

If an allegation has been made either against you personally or in your professional or business capacity, early advice and a critical assessment of the situation by our experienced lawyers will determine the success or otherwise of your defence.

 

If you have been asked to attend a Garda station, to make a voluntary cautioned statement, have been arrested or an arrest is being threatened, the early advice which you take from our experienced team can dictate how well positioned you are to defend the allegation at a later stage if it proceeds to court. 

Our People

Michael Staines

Michael Staines
Partner

Aoife Corridan

Aoife Corridan
Partner

Anarine McAllister

Anarine McAllister
Solicitor

Ciara Hallinan

Ciara Hallinan
Solicitor

Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly
Solicitor

Geraldine Wycherley

Geraldine Wycherley
Solicitor

Luke Staines

Luke Staines
Solicitor

Rory Staines

Rory Staines
Solicitor

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes
Trials Manager

Danielle O'Sullivan

Danielle O'Sullivan
Trainee Solicitor

Natalie Crowe

Natalie Crowe
Administration

Sarah Maloney

Sarah Maloney
Administration

Kathleen Gillan

Kathleen Gillan
Administration

Aimee Dudley

Aimee Dudley
Trainee Solicitor

CAREERS

We are always on the look out for exceptional talent to join our award winning team.

NEWS & UPDATES

Launch of the Ireland Chapter of the Women's White Collar Defence Association

26 July 2018 - Launch of the Ireland Chapter of the Women's White Collar Defence Association Aoife Corridan was honoured to be included among the initial members of the launch of the Ireland Chapter of the Women's White Collar Defense Association held at Arthur Cox on 23rd July 2018.

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09 July 2018 - Supreme Court to consider appeal of prison litigation case The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from a former prisoner regarding the system of ‘slopping out’ which was prevalent in Irish prisons until recently, writes Rory Staines, Solicitor.

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26 June 2018 - Young people in Custody & Mental Health Luke Staines, Solicitor, considers a recent report into Oberstown Detention Centre

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A rise in sextortion claims

15 June 2018 - A rise in sextortion claims Geraldine Wycherley, Solicitor writes on the increase in 'sextortion' claims in the ever expanding sphere of cybercrime in this update.

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Proceed with caution!

11 June 2018 - Proceed with caution! Rory Staines, Solicitor considers the extent of the Adult Cautioning Scheme in this latest update.

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Making Sense of Sentencing

28 May 2018 - Making Sense of Sentencing Anarine McAllister, Solicitor examines plans to introduce sentencing guidelines as part of the proposed Judicial Council

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Double Nomination at the Irish Law Awards

22 April 2018 - Double Nomination at the Irish Law Awards Michael J Staines & Company are delighted with our nominations for Criminal Law Firm of the Year and Dublin Solicitor of the Year at the prestigious Irish Law Awards 2018.

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Is Ireland perceived to be more corrupt than many of its neighbours and EU-counterparts?

26 March 2018 - Is Ireland perceived to be more corrupt than many of its neighbours and EU-counterparts? Geraldine Wycherley, Solicitor considers the recent index released by Transparency International which ranked Ireland 19th out of 183 states.

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How acceptable is delay in prosecuting young people?

05 March 2018 - How acceptable is delay in prosecuting young people? Niamh Kelly, Solicitor, considers a recent judgment of the High Courts and notes that where blameworthy prosecutorial delay occurs, action should be taken to prohibit such a prosecution.

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28 February 2018 - Courts Closure Due to Met Éireann Status Red weather warnings, court sittings scheduled for Wednesday 28th February, Thursday 1st March and Friday 3rd March 2018 in Counties Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow and Meath have been cancelled.

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23 February 2018 - Car owners who permit learner drivers to drive their car unaccompanied may face criminal prosecution The Minister for Transport is seeking to hold car owners who give their vehicle to an unaccompanied learner driver criminally responsible for their actions, writes Geraldine Wycherley, Solicitor.

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Roadside testing for drugs - are motorists being tested?

21 February 2018 - Roadside testing for drugs - are motorists being tested? Luke Staines, Solicitor, writes on the drug driving provisions in the Road Traffic Act 2016 commenced in April 2017.

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13 February 2018 - BLOG: Should rehabilitation be taken into account in sentencing sex offenders? Ciara Hallinan, Solicitor, considers a recent Court of Appeal judgment on incentivising rehabilitation.

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Submission made by Michael J Staines & Company to the Commission on the Future of Policing

12 February 2018 - Submission made by Michael J Staines & Company to the Commission on the Future of Policing The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland was established by the Government in May 2017 and is due to report in September 2018.

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06 February 2018 - Search of homes and properties by An Garda Siochana - what next? The criminal courts deal on a daily basis with those individuals accused of the viewing, production and dissemination of child pornography.

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05 February 2018 - BLOG: Brexit and Extradition to the United Kingdom from Ireland The Supreme Court has declined to extradite a man to the United Kingdom due to concerns regarding Brexit, writes Geraldine Wycherley, Solicitor.

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UPDATE - Fixed Charged Penalty Notices

31 January 2018 - UPDATE - Fixed Charged Penalty Notices Some important changes to the way that Fixed Charge Penalty Notice (FCPN) offences are dealt with was brought into effect by section 27 of the Road Traffic Act, 2016.

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Summer Internship Programme 2018

30 January 2018 - Summer Internship Programme 2018 This programme is an opportunity for aspiring criminal lawyers to gain practical experience at Ireland's award winning criminal defence team.

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Luke Staines entered on the Roll of Solicitors

05 January 2018 - Luke Staines entered on the Roll of Solicitors A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he will join our team of experienced advocates in representing our clients at the various courts in Dublin and beyond.

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Ciara Hallinan, Solicitor writes in the Law Society Gazette November 2017

01 November 2017 - Ciara Hallinan, Solicitor writes in the Law Society Gazette November 2017 A recent Supreme Court decision means that it is not necessary to establish mens rea in a prosecution for careless driving causing death or serious bodily harm.

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25 August 2017 - Leave granted by the High Court to challenge case for Michael Staines & Co Client The High Court has today granted leave to Michael J Staines & Co on behalf of one of their clients to challenge the refusal by the Irish Prison Service to grant enhanced remission. This is the second case of this kind we have brought this week.

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