Our People

Experienced solicitors in Cookstown, County Tyrone

Our dedicated team of solicitors are equipped to advise you on a range of legal matters. Call or email us to see how we can help you.

Qualified staff from an established, professional firm

Millar Shearer & Black was established in 1908 as a rural family practice. We have a large, established private client base in domestic, agricultural and commercial conveyancing, and elderly client care and probate. However, over the years the firm has also developed and grown significant expertise in all areas of plaintiff and defence litigation as well as employment and family law.
 
We are a partnership and aim to maintain excellent standards of service for all our clients, passing on the benefits of our experience from senior lawyers to more junior members of staff throughout the firm.
 
The firm operates from offices in Cookstown and Dungannon. A significant number of our lawyers and support staff have been recruited from highly qualified local talent giving the firm an instantly recognisable presence in the community. We also have an enviably low turnover of staff and promote a friendly and supportive work environment.
 
Our aim is to achieve the best possible result for our clients by combining our knowledge of and expertise in the law with a practical, efficient and friendly approach.
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Howard McLean

Howard McLean is the senior partner. He has approximately thirty years' extensive experience in all areas of litigation. Experienced advocate in all tribunals and courts. Complex multi-million pound personal injury and commercial litigation for both plaintiff and defendant, and corporate manslaughter. Extensive practical experience with Northern Ireland farming and food processing industries. Personal and business contact with large farming enterprises corporate/private clients and high net worth individuals. Particular interest in defence litigation, although wide general private client experience. Further specialist interest in all areas of farming/agricultural law including procurement, employment, health and safety, inheritance tax, succession planning. Pro bono legal work including school governance, charitable trusts, church and education law.

Keith Burrows

Keith Burrows joined the firm in 1988 and became a partner the following year. He works mainly in the areas of residential, agricultural and commercial conveyancing, acting on behalf of private individuals, property developers and large corporate bodies. He believes in maintaining close working relationships with his clients and in communicating effectively with them at all times.
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Judith Black

Judith Black has been a partner since 2000. She specialises in residential, agricultural and commercial conveyancing, tenancy agreements and leases, wills, probate, administration of estates, sheltering of assets, inheritance tax and estate planning, enduring powers of attorney and controllerships.

Fiona McCaffrey

Fiona McCaffrey joined the firm in 1996 as a trainee solicitor and qualified in 1998. She became a partner in 2007. Areas of special interest include personal injury litigation for both plaintiff and defendant clients. Fiona’s practice also includes acting for major UK insurance companies in defence of personal injury compensation claims.  
 
She also provides advice and representation in relation to employment matters and all areas of litigation generally.
 
Fiona is the partner with responsibility for the firm’s compliance with LEXCEL quality assurance practice standards.
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Gary Fitzpatrick

Gary joined Millar Shearer & Black in 1999 as an apprentice solicitor, graduating in law from Queen’s University of Belfast in 2001, and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland the same year. Gary specialises in litigation, particularly County Court and High Court litigation, acting for both claimants and defendants. He has acquired considerable experience in all types of County Court and High Court actions, to include those in the Queen’s Bench, the Commercial Court, the Chancery Court, and the Bankruptcy Court. His range of work includes personal injury claims, commercial disputes, debt recovery, professional negligence claims and domestic conveyancing.
 
He has a keen interest in sport, especially football, having played competitively in the Irish League for many years. He is now a keen cyclist and plays golf (badly) in his free time.

Judith McClure

Judith graduated from the University of the Dundee with a degree in Scots Law, being admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Scotland in 1995. She practiced under the litigation department of Drummond Millar in Edinburgh before joining Millar Shearer & Black in 2010 and completing the dual qualification process in 2011.
 
Judith has extensive experience in child law, both in private and public law proceedings, matrimonial and family law to include non-molestation proceedings and occupation orders. She has considerable advocacy experience and also regularly advises clients on civil litigation matters.
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The solicitors at Millar Shearer & Black help clients in Cookstown, Dungannon and across County Tyrone. Call us on

 Cookstown: 028 8676 2346 
Dungannon: 028 8775 3111
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