Pictured in Tralee to announce the merger of MJS Legal with Cork's CDS Law & Tax are (L-R) Jennifer Downing (Senior Associate, CDS Law & Tax), Tommy Walsh (Kerry GAA star and Chartered Tax Advisor with CDS Law & Tax) Mike Stack (MJS Legal) and Ciaran Desmond (Principal, CDS Law & Tax).

CDS Law & Tax announces Kerry expansion

At CDS Law & Tax we are delighted to announce a further expansion of our services and a strengthening of our offering to our Kerry client base, through a merger with Tralee practice MJS Legal.

Under the terms of the merger MJS Legal will rebrand as CDS Law & Tax and function as a satellite office of the company, led by Senior Associate and Kingdom native Jennifer Downing, Head of Property with CDS Law & Tax and an expert in all aspects of commercial and residential property transactions.

Joining Downing on CDS’ Kerry squad will be GAA star and Chartered Tax Advisor Tommy Walsh, for whom the move establishes a home town business base, and MJS Legal principal Mike Stack who will continue to serve his client base as a member of the expanded CDS Law & Tax lineup.

Pictured in Tralee to announce the merger of MJS Legal with Cork's CDS Law & Tax are (L-R) Tommy Walsh (Kerry GAA star and Chartered Tax Advisor with CDS Law & Tax), Mike Stack (MJS Legal), Jennifer Downing (Senior Associate, CDS Law & Tax) and Ciaran Desmond (Principal, CDS Law & Tax). Picture: Domnick Walsh.

“Our commercial presence in Kerry has been steadily expanding over the past number of years, driven by the presence of Jennifer and Tommy on the CDS team and their expertise in commercial property law and tax consultancy respectively,” said CDS Law & Tax principal Ciaran Desmond, describing the establishment of a fully-resourced Tralee office as “the natural solution to growing local demand”.

“I’ve also long been aware of Michael Stack by name and reputation and when the opportunity arose for us to combine our resources in a meaningful way there was no hesitation on our part.”

Stack added:

“Ciaran is a hugely experienced Lawyer and Chartered Tax Advisor and the breadth of expertise in both taxation and legal matters offered by CDS Law & Tax is exceptional. I’m extremely proud to be joining the team and I look forward to our future together delivering the highest standard of services to the community of Tralee and beyond.”

Pictured in Tralee to announce the merger of MJS Legal with Cork's CDS Law & Tax are (L-R) Jennifer Downing (Senior Associate, CDS Law & Tax), Mike Stack (MJS Legal), Tommy Walsh (Kerry GAA star and Chartered Tax Advisor with CDS Law & Tax) and Ciaran Desmond (Principal, CDS Law & Tax). Picture: Domnick Walsh.

For his part, Walsh said that the opportunity to put down his business roots in his home town represented an open shot on goal.

“My ties to Tralee and to my commitment to my native county are no secret, obviously,” said the Kerins O’Rahilly’s clubman, who helped Kerry reach the 2019 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.

“To be able to build a business base in my home town is hugely significant for me in terms of squaring the circle between my professional and private lives. I am very much looking forward to working alongside Jennifer, Michael and the wider CDS team in building for the future.”

Pictured in Tralee to announce the merger of MJS Legal with Cork’s CDS Law & Tax are (L-R) Jennifer Downing (Senior Associate, CDS Law & Tax), Tommy Walsh (Kerry GAA star and Chartered Tax Advisor with CDS Law & Tax), Mike Stack (MJS Legal) and Ciaran Desmond (Principal, CDS Law & Tax). Picture: Domnick Walsh.