Our People

David Bergin
Mark Bergin
Vivienne Filgate
Ailbhe Levingstone
Niamh Walsh
David Bergin
David is Managing Partner of the firm and qualified as a Solicitor in 1976 having completed his BCL Honours Degree in UCD. He has specialised in the area of Family Law since 1980 and has been involved in many of the leading cases in this area over the years.

He has written many articles for family law journals and is a co-author of “The Law of Divorce in Ireland” published by Jordans Publishers. In addition, he is the joint editor of “Irish Family Legislation Handbook” also published by Jordans and is the author of the Law Society’s professional course manuals.

David is a consultant to the Law Society on Family Law, having been a member of the Council of the Law Society for a number of years. He lectures regularly to practitioners and students in the Law School. He is also a certified family law mediator.

He is a former chairperson of the Law Society Family Law & Civil Legal Aid Committee, former President of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and a member of the Irish Family Lawyers Association. He is also a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been admitted to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales.

David has a great interest in all sports but particularly rugby. He was President of UCD Rugby Football Club during the season 2007/08 and continues to be involved in rugby at all levels.
Articles by David
Co-habitation/civil partnership – The 2010 Act
The personal insolvency bill 2012 – Implications for family law practitioners
Mark Bergin
Mark is head of our Private Client and Property Department. He advises clients on all aspects of residential property and estate planning together with associated matters. He has a high level of experience and a huge commitment to making these processes as stress free as possible for clients.

Mark graduated from Trinity College and qualified as a Solicitor in 1989, he became a Partner in 1995.

Mark is a member of the DSBA, Parkmore Rugby Club and Rathfarnham Golf Club.
Vivienne Filgate
Vivienne is a senior family law solicitor with O'Connor & Bergin. She has many years experience in all areas of family law including negotiating separation agreements, divorces, access and custody arrangements, maintenance issues, domestic violence issues, barring orders and dispute resolution.

Her approach is to provide step by step guidance and support to clients in achieving the best outcome and result possible for them in difficult circumstances and she brings all of her expertise and knowledge to bear on the negotiation process and court cases.

Vivienne is a member of The Law Society of Ireland, the DSBA and the Family Lawyers Association.
Articles by Vivienne
The civil partnership and certain rights and obligations of cohabitants act 2010
Ailbhe Levingstone
Niamh Walsh
Niamh graduated from Griffith College Dublin in 2004 with an LLB (Hons). She joined the firm in 2006 as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified in 2009. Since joining O' Connor & Bergin, Niamh has specialised in all areas of Family Law including Separation, Divorce, Mediation, Access, Maintenance, Child Abduction, and Domestic Violence Applications.

In addition to Family Law she has extensive expertise in relation to Employment Law including Unfair Dismissals and Constructive Dismissals.

Niamh is a member of the DSBA and the Family Lawyers Association.

Co-habitation/civil partnership – The 2010 Act

Co-habiting couples are the fastest growing family unit in Ireland. In 1996 there were 31,300 couples living together whilst unmarried. However, the 2006 Census indicated that in that particular year there were 121,800 co-habiting couples i.e. nearly a quarter of a million people. Indeed those figures represent one in every twelve family units.



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