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ByrneWallace LLP renews strategic partnership with Solas Project

Tuesday, 04 June 2024

ByrneWallace is pleased to announce that the firm has renewed its strategic partnership with not-for-profit organisation Solas Project.

Solas Project's vision is to see an Ireland where all children and young people truly know their self-worth and can take full advantage of their potential. 

Through a diverse range of innovative interventions and programmes of learning, mentoring, personal and social development, including after-school and school-based programmes, Solas Project helps to equip and empower young people with the skills to live life to the fullest and to create a bright future for themselves and their communities.

Between 2015 and 2020, ByrneWallace LLP was a proud corporate partner of Solas Project, and during that period over 60% of staff, from all levels across the firm, volunteered and participated in a range of school-based programmes of learning, mentoring, personal and social development, and had the opportunity to directly impact the lives of over 630 schoolchildren across Dublin. 

Activities included a “Dragons Den” style business development project, sports activities like the Annual Tag Rugby Blitz, a college awareness programme, as well as various fundraising initiatives.  

In March 2020, ByrneWallace LLP was awarded “Best Community Programme” at the Managing Partners Forum Annual Management Excellence Awards for making a significant contribution to their community through their active participation in Solas Project.

The Covid outbreak mid 2020 curtailed the firm’s involvement as school-based volunteer programmes with Solas Project were temporarily suspended.  

Commenting on the renewed partnership with Solas Project, Partner and Head of Corporate Responsibility, and Head of Banking and Finance, Mark Kavanagh said, “As a law firm, we recognise that we have a responsibility to make and can make, a real difference to our society and in particular to our local community. 

“Corporate responsibility is an integral part of the firm’s ethos. As a member of the business community, we are committed to ensuring that we contribute to and benefit the communities and the environment in which we work.

“We are delighted to once again have this opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of young people who are living in our local area by working directly with them, Solas Project and their teachers, to help these young people develop key skills and reach their full potential. Active volunteerism allows our staff make a real impact in our local community. It helps bring together staff from across all areas of the firm to achieve a common goal, thus helping to cement a stronger sense of collegiality and team spirit, promoting greater camaraderie and collaboration across teams.” 

For further information on Solas Project, visit

Pictured left-right:  Pete Thompson, Community and Schools Manager, Solas Project (centre) with ByrneWallace LLP partners Mark Kavanagh (Head of Corporate Responsibility and Head of Banking and Finance), and Elizabeth Ryan (Banking and Finance).