Our History and Mission

The Firm

General Practice Firm

Who We Are

Welcome to Coghlan Kelly Solicitors, a full-service law firm based in the South East. Our team of experienced solicitors has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in family law, wills and probate, conveyancing, personal injury, and more.

Our mission at Coghlan Kelly Solicitors is to provide our clients with expert legal advice and representation in a compassionate, supportive, and professional manner

Putting Clients First

Who We Help

We understand that navigating legal matters can be a daunting and stressful experience. That’s why we are here to help you every step of the way.

Whether you are dealing with a family law issue, a property dispute, a personal injury claim, or any other legal matter, our team of experienced solicitors is dedicated to providing you with expert legal advice and guidance that is tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.

We take the time to listen to your concerns, explain your legal options in plain English, and guide you through the legal process with compassion, professionalism, and discretion.

Committed to Excellence

Firm Values

At Coghlan Kelly Solicitors, our core value is to provide exceptional client care with a friendly and personable approach. Our number one priority is to create a comfortable environment where our clients feel at ease, knowing that their legal matters are being handled with the utmost professionalism, confidentiality, and expertise.

We work to hard ensure that our clients leave our firm feeling satisfied, confident, and happy with the service they have received.

Where it started

Firm History

Coghlan Kelly Solicitors has a long and fascinating history that dates back to the 1880s. The firm was originally established by Edward Ahern, who was both a solicitor and an agricultural machinery producer. Eventually, Ahern became more interested in the machinery production side of things and decided to concentrate entirely on that business.

In and around 1914, a man by the name of James P Coghlan came from Cork and started working for Ahern, eventually taking over the firm in circa 1919 and practicing in town.

Over time, two of Coghlan’s sons became solicitors, and James D Coghlan continued to practice at the firm after his father’s death until 1986. It was in that year, solicitor Martin Lawlor took over the practice, becoming the new owner.


Coghlan Kelly Solicitors Office (1)

The other half of this story is that, in approximately 1912 two cousins, Kelly and Crotty, established a separate law firm called Kelly Crotty. Thomas J. Kelly became the sole proprietor of that firm after Crotty left, and his son Simon Kelly took over after him. Similarly, after Simon’s death, his son Tom Kelly took over, and the firm continued to operate as Thomas J. Kelly and son until 2005. In that year, the firm of James P Coghlan & Co. merged with Thomas J. Kelly & Son, forming Coghlan Kelly Solicitors. 

With over 140 years of history in providing legal services to clients in New Ross, South Wexford, South Carlow, Southeast Kilkenny, and East Kilkenny areas, Coghlan Kelly Solicitors has established itself as a trusted and reliable legal resource in the community.

Currently, the owners and partners of the firm are Martin Lawlor, Eric Furlong and Orlagh Wafer, who continue to provide exceptional legal services to their clients with the same level of dedication and expertise that the firm has become known for over many years.

Winners of The Leinster Law Firm of the Year 2022

We are very proud to have received numerous awards and accolades for our legal services. And, while we appreciate the recognition, we know that our work is never done.

We continue to strive for excellence in all that we do, putting our clients’ needs first and delivering the highest level of service possible.

What People Say About Us

Client Testimonials


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