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Cuddy & Company

WillCuddy & Company, Solicitors is based in the heart of the busy rural town of Loughrea in County Galway.

John Cuddy - Principal

John is from Loughrea, County Galway and has deep roots in the town and the surrounding area. John has over 10 years’ experience in legal services in the Loughrea area and it surrounds having previously worked for VP Shields Solicitors and more recently Vincent Shields Solicitors in Athenry. During that time John developed skills in all areas of general practice. You can Contact John here.


John has extensive experience in general practice civil litigation including personal and fatal injuries, professional negligence, medical negligence and land and construction litigation.


John is also skilled conveyancer and works primarily in residential and agricultural conveyancing and in landlord and tenant law. He has a particular interest in Agricultural affairs including Environmental Law and European Regulation. He has recently successfully resolved high profile Judicial Review cases involving several commonages on the South County Galway Slieve Aughties Mountains. Such work involved a complex sequence of High Court Judicial Reviews, Applications to the EU Petitions Courts and representations to the European Commission.


John is on the National Council of the Irish Natura and Hill Farmer Association (INHFA) and has represented the Organisation in the Oireachtas Agricultural Committee, various sub-Committees and before both the EU Directorate General Agriculture and EU Directorate General of Environment of the EU Commission. John is the current Treasurer of the Loughrea Chamber of Commerce and the Secretary of Kilnadeema Leitrim Hurling Club. He is also a Board member of Naomh Breandan’s Credit Union, Loughrea. John is also a member of Loughrea Golf Club and enjoys travelling and countryside activities such as hillwalking.

Roisin Burke - Solicitor

Roisin Burke is a native of East Galway who grew up in Abbey, Loughrea, County Galway and went to school in Woodford, County Galway. Roisin qualified as a Solicitor in 2006. Since then she has worked extensively in key areas of general practice including conveyancing, wills and estate planning.

Roisin offers advice on all types of conveyancing matters including commercial, complex title, residential and landlord and tenant. In addition, Roisin has experience in all probate matters from Wills to administration of estates etc.

Carmel Lawless – Legal Executive

Carmel Lawless has many years' experience in many areas of private practice. She previously worked for most of her career for James J Kearns Solicitors. That practice closed in late 2017. Carmel commenced with Cuddy & Company Solicitors in April 2018 and brings her knowledge of conveyancing, estate planning and probate to Loughrea.


  • Family transfers
  • Purchases and Sales
  • Mortgage facilities
  • Re-Mortgaging
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • PRTB Disputes
  • Estate and Tax Planning
  • Building defects
  • Building agreements
  • Investment properties

We will provide you with a detailed breakdown of the expected costs as soon as practicable. There will be no uncertainty as regards legal fees, outlay, stamp duty etc. In the event that we envisage further costs being incurred during the course of a transaction, we will advise you of that as early as possible

Farming Law

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  • Voluntary transfers
  • Purchases and Sales
  • Registration of Property Rights
  • Rights of Way
  • Family Settlements
  • Direct Payment Schemes
  • European Regulation
  • Agricultural Appeals Office   
  • Department of Agriculture and EU Schemes
    • Basic Payment Scheme
    • Disadvantaged Area Scheme
    • Areas of Natural Constraint.
  • Forming a Farming Company or Partnership
  • Farm Leases / Agistment / Conacre Agreements
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs)
  • Health and Safety
  • Employment Law and the Farm
  • Planning and Environmental Law
  • Farm Insurance
  • Dispute Resolution

John is a periodic contributor to the Farming Irish Independent on Legal Matters that affect the farming community. As a solicitor, john regularly encounters familiar stories throughout the country where farmers have been unfairly treated by the state. As the time limits for appeals under many of the state run schemes are often very short, it is usually too late by the time a farmer may decide to seek legal advice.

It is therefore advisable when an issue arises to contact this office immediately and assess what steps to take prior to proceeding to seek an appeal.

Articles in the Farming Irish Independent

The fine detail in the small print of farm insurance
Farm safety month -Covering all your bases
Taking the stress out of department inspections

Claw back cash with Capital Gains Tax Reliefs

John has developed extensive knowledge and experience in the law relating to European designated sites such as Special Areas of Conservation, Special Areas of Protection and National Heritage Areas. This is a particularly complex area of European Regulation that affects over a million hectares of Irish countryside and yet very few land owners are familiar with the restrictions that the designation imposes on their lands. If you have any queries about European Designated Sites or you feel that there may be a breach of the Environmental Regulations please contact John here


Medical Negligence

Having worked for both Plaintiff and Defendant in Personal Injury and Medical Negligence, John has developed expertise in forensic analysis of medical records which is vital in assessing each case.


Nets LogoJohn works as a consultant with Nursing Education and Training Services (NETS) who offer a comprehensive range of education and training services to healthcare facilities and professionals in a wide range of general and speciality areas. His role as a legal consultant is to assist healthcare organisations to interpret and apply the complex healthcare regulations ranging from Health and Safety regulations to the new Assisted Decision-Making legislation. Please click here to learn more.


John has also recently worked with Ambrose Cuddy of Noonan & Cuddy Solicitors, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, in developing a reliable network of medical experts who can provide reliable opinions prior to or during an action. Together they have set up a website specifically to assist those who have problems due to medical negligence. Please click here to visit that Website.


John has a particular interest in birth and early childhood injuries and defects


If any medical negligence issues arise, it is advisable to contact this office immediately and establish the best steps to take prior to proceeding to seek an appeal. Alternatively, please click here to visit our specialised website.


Wills, Estate Planning and ProbateWill

  • Drafting Wills
  • Estate Planning  
  • Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Administration of Estates
  • Gift Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Capital Acquisitions Tax Relief's

Business & Enterprise

  • Business Setup
  • Registration of Business
  • Intellectual Property
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Advice on funding
  • Contract Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Health and Safety Regulation
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Advice on Employment matters


  • Personal Injuries
  • Fatal Accidents
  • Employment
  • Property Damage
  • Work Place Accidents
  • Accidents involving children
  • Farm Accidents & Safety
  • Property Litigation
  • Landlord and Tenant Litigation
  • Licensing
  • Public Law including Judicial Review
  • Injunctions
  • Family Law
  • Debt Collection
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Please note that in contentious matters, solicitors may not calculate fees or other charges based on a percentage of any award or settlement.


John helped my buying my first home and was very efficient and reliable. He ensured that all matters were taken care of which took all of the stress out of the transaction for me. I would happily recommend John to anyone who is thinking of buying or selling their home. Andrew Smith, Portumna, Co. Galway.


John Cuddy managed to make the purchase of our Property in Co. Leitrim a smooth and effortless experience. Matters were dealt with promptly and efficiently which made the whole process quite painless. Hugh & Helen Carslake


John put an awful lot of hard work into organising a group of shareholders to take on a decision of the Department. He acted quickly to get our group to form a committee. John ensured that the group were fully informed of the issues and provided a informed advice and direction which led to a positive result for all of our members. Enda Tannian, Roxborough Commonage Association, Kilchreest, Co. Galway.


John has an excellent knowledge of Environmental and Agricultural Law. He has a great understanding of how the law interacts with the farming community. John is very contentious and approachable. I would have no hesitation in recommending John for your legal requirements . Andy Dunne, Agricultural Consultant, Portlaois, Co. Laois.