Conn and Fenton Solicitors was established over 30 years ago in the heart of Lisburn by founding partners Brian Conn and Anne Fenton, who forged a reputation locally for their dedication to their client base.

Based initially in Railway Street, Lisburn, the firm continued to expand and took over another renowned local practice, Melvyn T Doherty. Some of the late Mr Doherty’s staff are still working with us today.

Conn & Fenton also incorporates W.J. Baxter and Co. which is said to have one of the longest standing trading names of legal practices in the country. The partners in the practice are Keith McGarry and Ann Roulston, who between them possess over 50 years legal experience, and they would be delighted to meet with you to discuss your legal requirements.

Why choose us?

Meet Our Partners at Conn & Fenton


Ann Roulston

Conn & Fenton Solicitors


Ann graduated from Queens’ University Belfast in 1981and after taking her Professional Examinations at The Institute of Legal Studies she was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of Northern Ireland in 1982.

Ann is a Solicitor Advocate and a member of The Children’s Order Panel. She is also trained in Mediation and in Collaborative Law.

Ann specialises in Domestic Conveyancing and in acting for Building Developers in Land Acquisition and Sale. She also represents Private Clients in Commercial Transactions.

Ann has considerable experience in Family and Children’s Law, and devotes a large amount of her time to this area of her practice. She is on the Children’s Order Panel and on the Panel of Solicitors who represent Guardians ad Litem in Public Law Care Proceedings.

Ann advises also in the area of Wills and Estate Planning, and is a Notary Public.

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Keith McGarry

Conn & Fenton Solicitors


Keith graduated from Queen’s University Belfast and the Institute of Legal Studies before being admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of Northern Ireland in 1993.

Keith is a Solicitor Advocate, is trained in Mediation and is also a part time Tutor at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. He played representative rugby for Ulster in his younger days and still plays competitive amateur golf, and has now combined his love of sport with his legal expertise by graduating with a Masters in Sports Law from De Montford University in 2011.

Keith specialises in general litigation, conveyancing and probate, and his area of expertise is sports law where his particular interest is in the governance of sport and disciplinary hearings for athletes. He has provided advice to several sports governing bodies, and has represented athletes in both disciplinary and anti-doping cases. He has also successfully represented an athlete in issues relating to his eligibility to represent his country in the London Olympics, and has also represented the interests of a large sports manufacturer in merchandising contracts
with a local professional team.

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Terry Jackson, Director & General Manager, Kukri Sports Ireland Limited

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"Working alongside Keith McGarry at Sportslaw over a period of 18 months, i was hugely impressed with their professionalism, passion and determined approach. Their understanding of my situation, instilled confidence for me in the strategy and vision they adopted which ultimately led to a successful result in my dispute resolution case."

Iain Lewers, Team GB London 2012 Olympian, European and commonwealth medallist