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Mary O'Rourke KC

It is with a heavy heart that I mourn the passing of my dear friend and esteemed colleague, Mary O'Rourke KC. Our friendship spanned well over a decade, transcending the confines of the legal arena and enriched both my personal and professional life.


Mary was a titan in the legal profession, renowned for her fearless advocacy and unwavering pursuit of justice. Her reputation in the field of professional discipline was unparalleled, and she appeared in numerous high-profile cases throughout her illustrious 40-year career, earning numerous accolades, including Professional Discipline Silk of the Year.






I had the privilege of working with Mary on countless occasions, and her guidance and mentorship were invaluable in shaping me into the lawyer I am today. Her wisdom and experience were a constant source of inspiration, instilling in me the confidence to navigate even the most complex legal battles. Mary's support and encouragement were unwavering, and I will forever be grateful for her profound impact on my career.


Beyond our professional collaboration, Mary and I shared a personal bond. She honoured me with her presence at my wedding, a cherished memory that will forever be etched in my heart. While our political leanings differed, with Mary being a staunch supporter of the Labour Party, our mutual respect and admiration for one another's principles remained steadfast.


As I bid farewell to my dear friend, I am comforted by the knowledge that her extraordinary legacy will endure. Mary O'Rourke KC was a champion of justice, a mentor, and a true friend whose impact on the legal profession and on those fortunate enough to know her will resonate for generations to come.


Rest in peace, Mary, and thank you for your unwavering dedication to the pursuit of truth and fairness.

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