All at Linder Myers were shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of William (“Liam”) O’Neill, the firm’s much loved in-house Counsel.
Liam joined Rowlands Solicitors (later to be acquired by Linder Myers) in 1988 having trained in the Property Department of Manchester City Council where he had qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives as the youngest in Council history to qualify by examination.
By the mid 1990s Liam had progressed to equity partnership in Rowlands where he became head of civil litigation and employment law. Unflinching resolve, loyalty to the cause, an eye for detail, allied to experience across a wide range of disciplines made Liam the ideal candidate for the position of in-house Counsel.
For one so accomplished Liam was a down to earth, unassuming and affable fellow; there was not the faintest hint of the pretentious. He handled high profile cases but he never craved the limelight.
Liam was a great team player in every sense of the expression. He would always turn out for the firm’s football and cricket teams and would never miss a social occasion. Even during the lockdown Liam remained the epitome of sartorial elegance.
Liam often found himself cast in the role of minder or manager – a popular person in a sometimes unpopular role. As an employment specialist he would always be wary of and advise against office celebrations. Ironically, Liam it was who had to face the wrath of the fire brigade at a memorable Christmas party.
Liam was a loyal Manchester City fan of the old school; he had a wonderful sense of humour and he still believed what could go wrong would go wrong. He was a devout Christian, a devoted husband, son and father, the most dedicated of colleagues and a fine friend.
Liam will be missed but never forgotten.