I take pride in taking a progressive yet caring approach, helping my clients navigate complex scenarios to arrive at the best possible outcome for them.” Donagh McGowan

About Donagh

Donagh Mc Gowan is one of Ireland’s most well-known progressive specialists in the area of Family Law. Our practice aim is to provide client focused solutions which are tailored to personal needs and (financial) circumstances of each of  our clients. We have experience in contentious and non-contentious cases and also offer mediation and collaborative

As the founding principal of Donagh McGowan & Co. Solicitors, a boutique practice that he founded in 2014 , his aim is provide a high level service to private clients, to the quality offered by larger law firms to their business and corporate clients – but at a more competitive fee basis.

With a focus on private client legal services – and specialising in Family Law in Ireland, Donagh’s practice includes advising on all family law matters with a particular emphasis on judicial separation and divorce.

As a former Chair of the Law Society of Ireland Family Law Committee, Donagh has also tutored in the Law Society of Ireland and has spoken on many occasions at family law conferences, including the annual conferences of the Law Society of Ireland and the Legal Aid Board.

Donagh is a trained mediator and a trained professional in Collaborative Law.

With almost 30 years’ experience as a solicitor – latterly as a Partner and Head of the Private Client Department (incorporating the Family Law Department) of Mason Hayes & Curran- Donagh’s career has focused on providing services to private clients, most particularly in the areas of family law, wills & probate, trusts and residential property.

Donagh is a regular media contributor on family law and other issues, and can be available for commentary and speaker slots on topics and issues relating to Family Law in Ireland.


  • Leading solicitor in family law
  • Over 30 years in family law
  • Head of Private Client and Family Law in MHC
  • Former Chair of Law Society of Ireland Family Law and current member
  • Tutor in Law Society
  • Regular speaker at Family Law conferences
  • Media Contributor


Donagh is married with one step-daughter, and two sons and lives in Ranelagh Dublin 6. He enjoys Gaelic sports and is actively involved with the GAA.


Legal Separation made less painful.

Although a very stressful time in our lives, Donagh's calm and empathetic approach - couple with his experience in mediation throughout the process - really helped us get to an amicable outcome.Thanks Donagh. Highly recomend
– Mark Petrie