New solicitor for family firm

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A new solicitor was welcomed to Banbridge Magistrates Court last week as a “welcome addition” to a respected group of local practitioners.

Arthur Downey Junior was introduced to last week’s court by another Banbridge solicitor Mr Paul Kennedy.

He said Arthur Junior was the son of Arthur Downey - a “distinguished name to say the least.”

He welcomed the former pupil of St Mary’s Primary School, Banbridge, and St Colman’s College, Newry, who went on to study Law at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown.

Arthur Junior then served his apprenticeship in his father’s office and recently received his practitioners certificate.

Mr Kennedy said Arthur looked forward to developing his skills and expertise adding that he wished him well in his future career.

District Judge Mr Paul Copeland said it gave him great pleasure to respond, stating that Arthur Junior comes to the bar with a “distinguished pedigree of legal practitioners behind him.”

“Arthur Senior I am pleased to call my friend and former university classmate. In that extended group is Paul, Conleth and Connor Downey and the extended connections.

“The wide base that precedes Arthur Junior means he has an enormous wealth of experience and support and he will be a welcome addition to that respected group of practitioners.

“I am confident that he will be a credit to them and to the profession.

“My colleagues at the bench wish him well and look forward to overseeing a successful career.”

Miss Kearns on behalf of the PPS also welcomed Mr Downey to the court. In response Arthur Downey Junior thanked everyone for their kind words.

Mr Downey was tutored at the firm by his uncle Conleth.

The practice was established in 1981.