David Walley is the Principal of David Walley + Co Solicitors. He studied law in UCD and qualified with a BCL degree in 1976. He completed his legal education in the Law Society qualifying as a Solicitor in 1978 and now has over 35 years experience in general practice, now more commonly known as private client practice.
He started his working career as a young Solicitor in the District Courts gaining advocacy experience representing clients in the area of civil law, family law and petty criminal cases. This was invaluable experience for a young Solicitor where the personal representation of clients before the Courts is core to ethos of the profession.
Being anxious to work as a general practitioner, he progressed to the area of conveyancing and probate of estates. He has transacted conveyancing of houses, apartments, offices and industrial units of all sizes and value.
He also acted in the development of housing estates, and preparation of full repairing and insuring leases for offices and other commercial property.
Some 25 years ago he commenced working in the area of civil litigation including commercial litigation and personal injury litigation and has principally been involved in that area since then. His experience extends to the Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Courts. He has represented clients before the Morris Tribunal, The Rights Commissioner, The Employment Appeals Tribunal, and The Residential Institutions Redress Board.
David Walley is considered one of the most experienced Plaintiff Personal Injury lawyers in the country and is a member of the legal profession who prides himself on a professional approach to his work.
In keeping with his high standards of professionalism and dedication to his work, he was personally instrumental in designing and developing a dedicated software known as CORT which is used in most property transactions in Ireland. He continues to be involved in the development of new technology for the profession with the launch in 2004 of CORTBase one of the leading case management systems designed for the Solicitors profession. He believes that the use of leading technology is key to proper and efficient representation of clients
David Walley has been a member of many professional committees both on the Law Society and the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association. He has sat on the Compensation Fund Committee, the Technology Committee, the Conveyancing Committee and the Litigation Committee of the Law Society. Having chaired the Conveyancing Committee of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association for many years he became President of the Association in 1991. He established the Associations bursary fund to financially assist law students to qualify as a Solicitor and established the Family Law Committee of the Association.
In 2002, David Walley was asked by Frank McBrearty to help him bring to a conclusion his fight against the State for compensation. Frank McBrearty and his family had been the victims of outrageous abuse of power by members of An Garda Siochana in Donegal. It was the biggest Garda abuse of powers claim ever taken in the history of the State, involving 35 separate High Court cases against the State. Frank was one of 12 persons who were arrested by the police as a result of fabricated evidence. In October 2007, David Walley and his team achieved over €12 million compensation for the family, thus bringing to a successful conclusion their torment and their 12 year battle to clear their names.