Over 100 years of combined legal and business experience

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Our Team

Hugh has worked since 1986 in credit management, debt collection and commercial areas of business and law. He qualified as a Solicitor in Ireland in 1986 and obtained his Juris Doctor Law Degree in the USA in 1991. He is admitted to practice law in Ireland, England, Wales and America and is a member of the bar in the States of New York and District of Columbia.

Hugh J Ward

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Hugh Ward


Kevin McLaughlin is the Chief Operations Officer of the Ward Group. Kevin brings more than twelve years of experience and expertise in the management and collection of consumer and commercial debt. At the Ward Group he manages the full range of administrative, logistical and operational duties in a wide variety of areas including information technology, property management procurement, training and client relationship management.


Kevin McLaughlin

Chief Operations Officer


Michael McLaughlin

Gerry has over 15 years’ experience in debt collection and business process outsourcing (BPO) working with major multinationals and mid-size companies both in Ireland, Europe and USA.

Gerard Barrett

Sales Director

Joe Lenihan

Sales Manager

Paula has extensive expertise in credit management, credit risk solutions, processes, an experienced data privacy officer and skilled mediator.

Paula Carney-Hoffler

Client Credit Risk & Compliance Manager

Kim joined the firm in 2004 and qualified as a solicitor in 2008. Kim has gained valuable experience in many areas of practice within the firm and practices in the areas of Litigation and Conveyancing. She specialises and has extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of debt recovery, ranging from district court to more complex high court cases, court orders for sale and bankruptcy. Kim has advised many clients on her areas of specialisation including private clients, Banks and commercial clients.


Kim Scanlan


Gillian is a qualified solicitor and has worked with the firm for many years. She has invaluable experience in the areas of commercial law and debt recovery. Gill brings a mix of practical experience and technical expertise that allows for quick efficient and cost effective resolution of issues.


Gillian Scully



Susan Joyce


Elaine attended Trinity College Dublin where she awarded a B.A. (Mod) in 1989. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1999 and holds a Diploma in Commercial Conveyancing from the Law Society of Ireland. Elaine has extensive litigation experience.


Elaine Dyke


Patrick qualified as a solicitor in Ireland in 2010. He joined the firm in 2015 and practices in our Property department where he acts for both private clients and for financial institutions. He also acts for clients in Personal Injuries, Employment Law and Sports Law. Patrick holds a Diploma in Employment Law from the Dublin Business School and a Diploma in Sports Law from De Montfort University in Leicester. He is dual qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales and also lectures in the Law Society of Ireland on Sports Law.


Patrick Conliffe


Michael obtained his Honours degree in Irish Law in 2009 and qualified as a solicitor in 2015. He joined the firm in January 2017 after gaining post qualification experience in General Practice firms in Dublin City. Since then Michael has gained valuable experience in a wide range of legal areas including, Litigation, Debt Collection, Probate, Conveyancing, Licensing and Family Law. Michael works in the litigation department of the firm. He is also qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.


Michael Bishop


Karen has excellent experience in Debt Collection both pre legal and legal. She brings both creativity and rigour to the discipline of managing and initiating legal proceedings for our legal recovery caseload. Karen is expert in the management of the teams involved and uses KPI’s to measure and monitor progress on the caseload workflow.
She began her career with a large Debt Collection Company and spent several years managing a team of Collections Agents for a large number of high profile utility and banking clients.

Karen Dowdall

Legal Executive Manager

The team is made up of various support resources including: solicitors, solicitors trainees, legal executives, paralegals, support staff, cash application executives and legal finance and accounts staff. We also have a nationwide agency network of solicitors which allows us provide service throughout Ireland.

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