We are a Belfast-based law firm with a long history of excellence

As McConnell Kelly celebrates a quarter century of being one of Northern Ireland's leading criminal law firms, the company is looking forward to an exciting future, including the development of new services for its customers. The firm initially gained a reputation in criminal defence work and litigation but now enjoys an enviable reputation in other areas including conveyancing, probate, family law, judicial reviews and human rights law.

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Meet the Team

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Fergus McConnell

Fergus McConnell has been at the forefront of civil litigation in Northern Ireland for over 30 years. Having received his LLB Honours degree from Brunel University, with experience of working for the DPP, NI Court Service and BP, he returned home and met Pat Kelly, who would become his business partner for the next 25 years.

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Patrick Kelly

Pat Kelly has had an illustrious career and is acknowledged by his peers as being amongst the leading criminal lawyers in Northern Ireland. After studying at University College Cardiff, he returned to Northern Ireland. After working as an assistant solicitor in a city centre practice, he founded McConnell Kelly & Co with Fergus McConnell.

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Darren Duncan

Darren Duncan is one of the most successful solicitors in Northern Ireland, as rated by his clients and his enviable track record of case successes. Joining McConnell Kelly around a decade ago, Darren took the reins of the firm's Bangor office as Director in 2006 - but works in courthouses right across Northern Ireland.

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Jonathan Burke

Jonathan Burke studied law at Queens University Belfast and entered the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Belfast, between 2001 and 2003. He has been a criminal lawyer for more than 12 years incorporating all aspects of the criminal justice system from police station to Court of Appeal cases.

Mission Statement


We believe passionately in the law and in providing the best service to our clients. We will leave no stone unturned when we represent you in any matter, civil or criminal. Fergus McConnell & Pat Kelly

The News

25. Mar

COVID-19 Update

COVID 19 INFORMATION In accordance with the most recent government guidelines, our offices are open but working by appointment only. Now that we are back and are operational, should you need to contact us we would ask that you contact us by telephone on: Bangor - 028 9147 9900 Ballyhackamore - 028 9065 5511 Dundonald …
25. Apr
McConnell Kelly Solicitors Unveil £2.5M Expansion Programme

McConnell Kelly Solicitors Unveil £2.5M Expansion Programme

ONE of Northern Ireland's 'top three' independently-owned criminal law firms has announced plans to expand its workforce as part of a £2.5 million expansion programme. McConnell Kelly Solicitors, who have worked with more than 100,000 clients over a quarter century and has claimed tens of millions of pounds in client compensation and settlements, said it …


Key practice areas

Criminal defence
Industrial injury / deafness
Motoring offences
Medical negligence