Top Family Lawyer Deirdre Burke has joined forces with one of Ireland’s oldest leading law practices, Orpen Franks, to set up a new Family Law department at the Dublin 4 firm.

“We’ve been in business for over 200 years and have built a reputation for excellence in corporate, commercial and private law, as well as medical and professional negligence,” says Peter Walsh, managing partner at Orpen Franks.  “To meet the demands of our clients, we have wanted to expand into family law for some time, but it was a question of finding the right match.”

“So, we are delighted that Deirdre Burke, formerly of Burke Legal, has merged her practice into ours. Deirdre deservedly won Family Lawyer of the year 2019 and is an acknowledged expert in her field. She is a perfect match for the standard of service we offer here at Orpen Franks.”

Deirdre has been practicing in the Wicklow and Dublin areas for 25 years and says she’s excited to be part of the Orpen Franks team. “The formalities are now complete and I am looking forward to offering legal support in separation, divorce and other family law cases for Orpen Franks new and existing clients.”

Deirdre emphasises that she is keeping her existing clients in the Dublin and Wicklow areas and that they now also have access to a wider range of legal support from her new legal partners. “Orpen Franks have built up a well-deserved reputation for excellence and have top lawyers in business, commerce and areas like medical negligence, probate and wills. Joining this practice leaves me free to concentrate on Family Law while my clients also get the best expertise in other legal areas too.”

Deirdre will continue to run her office in Wicklow town as well as working from the Orpen Franks office in Burlington Road.

Deidre Burke has a strong, proven history in family law and civil litigation, including a ground-breaking case which created new civil law in long-term child sexual abuse cases. Described as “decisive, supportive, and perceptive”, Deirdre is a member of the Family Lawyers Association, and a member of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland.

Her legal awards include Family Lawyer of the Year 2019 and Sole Practitioner of the Year 2018. Deirdre is a trained Family Law Mediator and is a passionate advocate of keeping family law cases out of court wherever possible. She is also a regular commentator on family law issues on radio and tv programmes.

Orpen Franks history goes back to the mid-1800s. In more recent times, the practice has incorporated a number of other renowned legal firms, including Tweedy & Co. Solicitors, Reeves Solicitors, and Montgomery and Chaytor Solicitors. In 2015, they added medical negligence and a more specialist probate and trusts expertise to the firm.

Managing Partner Peter Walsh says they have built up solid relationships of trust with their clients over the years. “Some clients have worked with us for 20 or 30 years. Many of them require family law advice from time to time, either for themselves or those in their family circle. At a time of family crisis, it is important that you can turn to a firm you can trust, whether it’s for separation, divorce or custody issues. So incorporating Burke Legal to offer excellence in family law means a lot to our practice and to our current and future clients.”

To contact Deirdre Burke at Orpen Franks for legal advice on Family Law you can call her  on 01 637 6200 or email her at