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Liz Hughes, Solicitor

Graduated from University College Dublin with an honours degree in Law (BCL International). She joined Hughes Murphy in 2006 and, following the tragic and early death of Tom Murphy, became Principal in 2012.

Liz is a Garda Representative Association (GRA) Solicitor and specialises in advising members of An Garda Síochána on all aspects of internal discipline and investigations conducted by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. 

She co-authored with the late Tom Murphy the first comprehensive book on GSOC and is currently preparing the first on Garda Discipline. 

In addition Liz is also the Solicitor to the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers (RACO). 

Both Associations have been set up by Statute and both bodies come within the jurisdiction respectively of the Minister for Justice and Equality and the Minister for Defence and Liz advises members on any aspect of their employment relationship, entitlements and grievances. 

Given the constant interaction between these disciplined forces and the State, Liz can advise members on the lawfulness of decisions and actions which impact upon them and which are imposed, by way of an Order, from Senior Management or higher ranking officers. 

It would be good to use the phrase “away from the law”, however, It can be fairly said of Liz that she has lived with the law from the cradle, being the daughter of one of the founding partners, Noel Hughes and her early memories are of being coerced in the summer months to help out in various boring and repetitive tasks in the office. 

Nevertheless, she keeps in shape both in the gym and on the bicycle and she likes nothing better than to sign up for a 100k charity cycle.