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Sophie Maguire awarded the prestigious Business Eye “Employee of the Year” award

Published on Feb 20th, 2024



Sophie Maguire, a shining star at Belfast member firm, Harbinson Mulholland has been awarded the prestigious Business Eye “Employee of the Year” award.

Last year, Sophie made a brave decision to step down from her role as Financial Controller, a position she had worked incredibly hard to develop. Her desire to explore a new role in the forensic accounting team, led by Partner Dearbhail Beatty, not only demonstrates her courage but also her strategic vision for her career. Sophie’s remarkable journey, dedication, and transformation are a source of inspiration to everyone at Harbinson Mulholland and reflect the ethos of the firm’s leadership to continuously encourage and develop good people, who have a total commitment to the firm’s 3 core values of excellence, service and care.

Sophie commented,

“I feel the partners have always put their trust in me and this has given me the confidence to take on this new challenge. It has helped me develop aspirations I might not have considered.”

The partners’ support and acknowledgment of Sophie’s change of role highlight the firm’s commitment to nurturing talent and adapting to the evolving needs of its employees. Sophie’s proactive approach in identifying the right person to replace her and restructuring the department reflected her dedication to ensuring a smooth transition and the continued success of the team. Senior Partner Darren McDowell commented,

“The recognition of Sophie as the ‘Employee of the Year” at the Business Eye awards is a well deserved accolade, further affirming her invaluable contributions to the firm. Her journey serves as an inspiration to others and a testament to the positive and supportive culture at Harbinson Mulholland, where employees are empowered to make bold career choices, while contributing to the firm’s long-term success. Her role in building the future of the firm underscores her importance as a key player in shaping HM’s trajectory.”