About Us

We are the Portadown Office of South Ulster’s most dynamic law firm operating out of 9 offices.

We have offices throughout Counties Down Armagh and Tyrone and provide a full legal service to both commercial and individual private clients throughout the island of Ireland.

In addition to our excellent Legal Professionals, the team includes Marketing, HR, IT, Accounting professionals, and our business support teams.

We have developed technology that ensures we are continually setting new standards of excellence in client care. We have built internal processes that ensure optimum standards of service quality are delivered to our clients in as cost effective way as is possible.

We have won awards in competition with other industry and commercial sectors for our IT, our marketing, our website and our client care.

We are recognised as market leaders in both the manner in which we deliver our services and in the provision of many of the services we offer.  

We employ over 60 people in our offices in Portadown Dungannon Armagh and Banbridge and our associated offices in the Law Group in  Newry Castlewellan Crossmaglen and Dublin

We have more expert solicitors working in more specialist areas than any other law firm in the towns where we operate. You can see our UK Terms of Business here.


Kevin J Neary
Notary Public Solicitor
Advocate – Principal

Educated at St Colman’s College in Newry, Kevin graduated from University College Dublin in 1982 with a degree in Law (BCL).

He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Certificate of Professional Legal Studies in 1984 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 1984. He was later admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland in 1992, as well as in England and Wales in 2008. He qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2013. He is also a certified Mediator.

Kevin has worked at Donnelly Neary & Donnelly since he was admitted to the Roll in 1984 and has been a partner in the firm since 1988.

Kevin is a Notary Public, and is currently the President of the College of Notaries in Northern Ireland. He is also a Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP) of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a member of the NI Commercial Property Lawyers Association. Kevin currently acts as Treasurer for the Irish Legal History Society and is Deputy Chair of the Statutory Committee for the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

Kevin has experience in all areas of practise; however, Kevin specialises in commercial property, as well as in general conveyancing, trusts and wills.

Kate Ervine
Solicitor – Principal

Kate Ervine graduated from Queen’s University and completed her degree in Law & Accountancy in 2006 and Trust & Estate Administration in 2009.

Kate was formerly employed by two provincial firms before joining the practice in August 2007. Kate specialises in Conveyancing, Administration of Estates; contentious Probate; Will drafting; Agricultural law and Taxation. Kate is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Michael Grant
Solicitor – Principal

Michael graduated in law with LLB Hons from Queens University Belfast in 1985 He works with JPHLAW as well as being the Principal of Campbell & Grant in Newry.

Michael’s legal expertise includes conveyancing, criminal law, commercial property acquisition, sales development, residential property development, licensing, planning, trusts, inheritance tax, wills and estates both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland.


Brendan Hagan
Solicitor – Associate

Brendan Hagan LLB graduated from Queen’s University in 1973 with a BA Honours Degree in Modern History.
Brendan commenced practising as a Solicitor in 1978 and completed his apprentice with John P Hagan.

Brendan specialises in Criminal, Matrimonial and employment law and is a Solicitor Advocate and a member of the Children Order Panel.

Brendan has acted in a number of high profile criminal cases as well as Public Enquiries.

Juli Hogan
Solicitor – Associate

Educated at Armagh Girls’ High Grammar School, Juli Hogan was awarded the Queen’s Women Graduate Scholarship in 1997 and graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2001 with a LLB ( Hons) Degree in Law.

After a few years working as a Legal Executive, she was recommended by the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Education Committee to be admitted as a student solicitor to the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in 2008 on a part-time basis whilst continuing to work as a Legal Executive and was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Legal Studies with credit in 2010. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and was admitted onto the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 2012

Juli joined JPH Law in 2022 having previously worked for many years in a large busy City Centre Practice.

She has over 20 years legal experience and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with both residential and commercial conveyancing transactions, Wills, Administration of Estates and Enduring Powers of Attorney.

Eamai Crowe
Solicitor – Associate

Eamai Crowe attended St Patricks High School, Keady graduating from Ulster University in 2020 with a degree in Law with Criminology. Eama was formerly employed by an international firm before joining JPH Law in 2021.

In 2023, Eamai obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies with Distinction from Queens University.

Eamai is enthusiastic about all areas of general practice as a solicitor but specialises in employment law. She also practices in administration of estates, contentious probate, will drafting and civil litigation.

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