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About Us

Paschal O’Hare Solicitors

Paschal J O'Hare was founded in 1969 to safeguard and care for the legal needs of local people. Although the firm has expanded over the years, Paschal O'Hare Solicitors maintains the same values that have been at its core for almost half a century.

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Our Mission

We strive to meet and exceed the legal needs of our clients better than our local and international competitors by fighting on their behalf whilst never compromising our solid ethical foundation.
Solicitor Seymour Major of Paschal O’Hare at the Belfast office conferring with a colleague.

Highly Experienced

Our team of solicitors located in Belfast and Carrickfergus have a reputation for delivering the compensation that our clients rightly deserve in a timely manner. Over the years we have secured millions of pounds in compensation. Despite working fast and efficiently, we show each client that we care about their individual case. At Paschal O'Hare Solicitors, our clients are for life.
Paschal O’Hare Personal Injury Solicitors receptionist smiling as she speaks with a client on the telephone from the Belfast office.


As innovators, we were the first Northern Ireland based law firm to simplify client communication and document handling with the use of a case integration mobile app. Our specially designed app has increased efficiency and decreased the average length of time required to settle or win cases.
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Our History

Paschal O'Hare Solicitors was founded on 3 October 1969 by our namesake, the late Paschal J O'Hare, just 3 days after he qualified as a solicitor. The firm was originally located on the Antrim Road and later on Donegal Street. If questioned to name a great local law firm, Paschal O'Hare Solicitors would be the immediate answer for many across Belfast and beyond. Although the firm has expanded over the years, we maintain the same values that have been at its core for almost half a century.
Patrick OHare Partner Solicitor Paschal OHare

Patrick O’Hare

Managing Partner

Patrick was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating in 1990 and qualifying as a Solicitor soon after. Upon qualifying, Patrick joined Paschal O’Hare Personal Injury Solicitors and took over as Managing Partner upon the retirement of his father, the firm’s namesake and founder.

For almost 30 years, Patrick has specialised in all forms of personal injury litigation. As a result, he is listed as Northern Ireland’s leading personal injury solicitor by ThreeBestRated.com. He is now recognised as one of Northern Ireland's leading practitioners in this area of law and has been at the forefront of developing the firm’s enviable reputation. As well as driving the firm as a business, he personally manages all of the firm’s serious injury cases, ensuring our most vulnerable clients feel secure in the knowledge that he and his team are there for them, from start to finish. Outside of work, Patrick is a family man who loves nothing more than watching his sons play football.

“Patrick is a great solicitor, he is very good at what he does always with great results. I recommend him to everyone.” – Lee

Seymour Major Partner Solicitor Paschal OHare

Seymour Major


Seymour graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with an undergraduate degree in Law and Politics before qualifying as a Solicitor. Seymour currently specialises in personal injury law and has an outstanding track record of achieving excellent results for his clients. Testament to his ability and how well received he is by clients, is that he was appointed the first partner in the firm’s 50 years history.

Outside of work, Seymour enjoys challenging himself in various ways, going as far as to appear on ITV's, The Chase. When not exercising his mental prowess in work or on national TV, he indulges his keen musical interest.

“I couldn't have been happier with the way in which my case was dealt with. Seymour was constantly updating me on what was going on and couldn't have been more helpful.” – Ronnie

Sandra Duffy Solicitor Paschal OHare

Sandra Duffy

Head of medical negligence

Sandra studied law at Queen’s University Belfast and graduated in 1986 before going on to qualify as a solicitor. Sandra has over 30 years of experience as a solicitor. Throughout a diverse and fascinating career, Sandra held partnerships in two legal practices and ran her own practice. She is now Head of Medical Negligence at Paschal O’Hare Personal Injury Solicitors.

In her free time, Sandra enjoys classic movies and world cinema, foreign travel and creative arts.

Caitriona Forde Solicitor Paschal OHare

Caitriona Forde


Caitriona graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with an Undergraduate degree in Law. She then commenced postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and gained a Master’s degree in Healthcare Ethics and Law. Caitriona worked as a paralegal at Paschal O’Hare Solicitors before commencing her training contract and qualifying as a solicitor. Caitriona has a keen interest in medical negligence claims and is committed to achieving the best possible results for her clients.

Outside of work, Caitriona enjoys Tennis and volunteering with Youth 2000 Ireland.

“Caitriona has shown a perfect balance of empathy and professionalism when dealing with my case.” - Emma

James Tracey Solicitor Paschal OHare

James Tracey


James graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Undergraduate degree in law before going on to qualify as a solicitor. He is dual qualified and able to practice law in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He specialises in personal injury law and takes particular pride in his ability to negotiate on behalf of his clients.

Outside of work, James frequently attends the gym, plays golf and is an avid football fan.

“James Tracey went above and beyond his job in looking after me. It was a seamless experience through a very bad time in my life.”- Nicola

Paula Duffy


Paula graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with an undergraduate degree in Law with Politics before being admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 2010. She specialises in personal injury litigation and has over 12 years experience in dealing with road traffic accident cases, accidents at work, public liability, occupier liability as well as industrial disease cases. She represents clients within both the County Court and High Court and her expertise ranges from dealing with modest orthopaedic injuries to severe, life changing and limiting injuries, scarring, loss of amenity and psychiatric injury. Paula prides herself on providing straightforward legal advice to her clients. She is passionate about achieving the best outcome possible for her clients through an efficient approach to litigation in order to minimise stress to the client and is always on hand to provide guidance and reassurance to her clients on the process.

Outside of work, Paula is a Crossfit enthusiast and occasional runner and has completed both the Belfast and Dublin marathons to raise money for charity.

Christopher McAllister


Chris graduated from Queen’s University in 2011 following a year spent studying law in Toulouse, France. Chris qualified as a solicitor in 2014 and spent several years servicing a varied caseload of criminal and civil matters before joining the team at Paschal O’Hare Solicitors in 2021. He has extensive experience dealing with Road Traffic Accidents, Employer’s Liability and Public Liability cases.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys playing and watching football, foreign travel, and a little too much dining out!

Olivia Moffit Trainee Solicitor Paschal OHare

Olivia Moffitt

Trainee Solicitor

Olivia graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a degree in law shortly before joining Paschal O’Hare Personal Injury Solicitors as a paralegal. She has now commenced a solicitor training contract and is on her way to becoming a fully qualified solicitor.

Outside of work, Olivia enjoys travelling, reading and swimming in the sea.

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Our App

Clients have the option to be updated by their solicitor throughout the entire claim process. You can message us with answers or queries, sign documents and attach photographs to help speed up your case. You can learn more in our app guide.
PJ O'Hare App

Claim Calculator

Our claims calculator can give you an idea of how we value general damages awarded for pain suffering. However, compensation may also include special damages such as loss of earnings.


All initial enquiries are completely free of charge allowing for the opportunity to determine if a claim is possible before committing. Should a claim proceed, our final bill is recovered from the third party's insurers.

"No Win No Fee" is not permitted in Northern Ireland. However, some clients may be eligible for legal aid or legal expenses insurance.


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