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Marysia is a past pupil of St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt and studied Law at Queen’s University Belfast (1993-1996), where she obtained an LLB Honours Degree. Whilst at Queen’s University, she was awarded the First year Foundation Scholarship and the Butterworths Law Prize.
In July 1996 she commenced her apprenticeship as a Trainee Solicitor at John J McNally & Co. and, after completion of same, was formally admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in September 1998. Whilst a Student at the Institute of Legal Studies, she was placed third overall in her year, and was awarded the Martin McBirney Memorial Prize, the Cooper & Lybrand Prize, and the Tughan & Co. Prize Examination. Upon completion of her apprenticeship in 1998 Marysia was appointed as an Assistant Solicitor with John J McNally & Co., becoming a Partner in the Practice in 2005, and taking up the position of Senior Partner of the Practice in April 2014.
When she first joined the Practice, Marysia undertook work within the Litigation and Criminal Departments, however for over 10 years now she has specialised in Litigation, particularly High Court Litigation, acting for both Plaintiffs, in the main, and also Defendants. She is the head of the Practice’s Litigation Department, and has built up considerable experience in all types of High Court Actions, to include those in the Queen’s Bench, the Commercial Court, the Chancery Court, and the Bankruptcy Court. Her range of work includes personal injury claims, commercial disputes, professional negligence claims, and disputed Estates.
Marysia deals with all of the medical negligence cases in the Practice, and has built up a strong reputation in this field, not only amongst clients, but also amongst her fellow professionals.
Marysia also deals with all Licensing matters, acting for a significant number of Publicans, Restauranteurs and Registered Clubs in the Mid-Ulster area.
Marysia completed the Law Society’s inaugural Mediation Training Course in 1999. This course provides training in advanced negotiation, dispute resolution, and mediation. Marysia is a Panel Mediator on the Dispute Resolution Service of the Law Society.
Marysia has also been a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers since 2002.
In addition, she has obtained a Certificate in Advanced Advocacy, having completed the Law Society Course in Advanced Advocacy in 2003.
Marysia has previously served as a representative of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee, and currently sits as a Panel member on the Legal Services Commission’s Special Committee.