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Veteran Belfast solicitor dies weeks after his wedding

By Staff Reporter

Tributes have been paid to a an experienced Belfast solicitor who has died just two weeks after his wedding.

Gerry Daly of Francis Hanna & Company passed away on December 30. He had married his partner Rosie on December 15.

A photo published on Twitter showed the happy couple signing the marriage register.

Mr Daly had been part of Francis Hanna & Company since October 2, 1975. He started work there as the post boy aged just 17.

Martin Hanna, a partner in the May Street Belfast firm, wrote on the company website that Mr Daly quickly realised that he wanted to practice law himself and worked his way up through the ranks, becoming a partner in 1993.

"He set about obtaining further qualifications to prepare him for higher education and he obtained a certificate in Accident Compensation Law from Queen's University Belfast," he wrote.

Mr Daly then commenced his apprenticeship in 1986 and qualified from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. Known for his straight-talking style and pragmatic approach to problem solving, Mr Daly was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1990.

"Gerry was an extremely industrious solicitor and became a partner in the practice at the earliest possible opportunity. He never left the firm and had over 41 years of loyal service and has been managing partner since 2000," Mr Hanna added.

Mr Daly's specialist areas were in the fields of employment law, regulatory work, and litigation.

One of the firm's solicitors described him as "my boss, my mentor and my friend".

Others at the firm described him as "a great friend and inspirational lawyer".

Since 2003, Mr Daly has acted on behalf of The Law Society of Northern Ireland, for whom he undertook referrals to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

In 2016, he was elected as a council member of the Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce.

Mr Daly is survived by his wife Rosie, his children, Danielle, Tony and Dominique, and grandson, Cillian.

His funeral will take place tomorrow after 9.30am Requiem Mass at St Gerard's Church, Antrim Road, followed by burial at Roselawn Cemetery.

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