President of the Law Society of Ireland

Michelle Ní Longáin was appointed President of the Law Society of Ireland for the year 2021/2022 with effect from Friday, 5 November 2021.

Michelle Ní Longáin Law Society President Michelle is a senior partner in ByrneWallace LLP. she heads the firm’s public sector group, is compliance partner and is a partner in the Employment Law team. Michelle advises public and private sector clients, primarily employers, on complex areas of employment, equality and administrative law.

Michelle went to school in Loreto Convent Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and studied law in Queens University Belfast. Michelle qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland in 1994, practising there in employment and equality law in McClure & Co, before moving to England and Wales in 1996 and practising in employment and equality law in Thompsons Solicitors until returning to Ireland in 1999 where she joined ByrneWallace LLP.

Michelle has been a member of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland since 2004 and was also a member of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland from 2007 to 2013.

Michelle has chaired the Law Society’s Education and Finance Committees, Audit Subcommittee and Gender Equality Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

Michelle’s experience of practising in three jurisdictions and her membership of the councils of two professional regulatory bodies and many of their committees has helped to inform her advice to clients, particularly in the public and regulatory sector.

Michelle has strong experience in advising and representing clients in internal and external matters and across legal fora and in providing specialised training in her practice areas. Michelle won the Lexology, International Law Office Client Choice Award for employment and benefits in 2016.