We are sad to hear of the passing of one of our founding partners and enduring friend, Brian Garrett. In the early 1970’s Brian had a vision to create a cross-community commercial legal practice in Belfast. Together with James Elliott and Gerard Duffy he achieved that when they commenced practice as Elliott Duffy Garrett. Brian was a man of great intellect and social conscience who inspired and supported successive partners of the firm up to and in many ways continuing after his retirement in 2000. He was truly a guest of honour at our event to celebrate 50 years of practice earlier this year which, although physically very frail, he was determined to attend. Brian was a true force of nature and had a wide range of interests as a lawyer, arbitrator, lecturer, journalist, and director. It is impossible in a short note to do justice to his many achievements and interests, save to say that he was always wise, compassionate, funny and great company.
Our partners and staff extend sympathies to Brian’s daughters, Naomi and Olivia, son Conor, their families and his devoted sister, Janet.
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