In practice as a Barrister since 2003. Work from the Law Library, Dublin and 33 Bedford Row Chambers, London as a door tenant. My areas of practice often involve work in construction law, commercial law and all areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution. As a Barrister I specialise in advising clients on contentious disputes, drafting court proceedings and advocacy. I have appeared in a wide range of courts in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and England and Wales and have advised on which jurisdiction proceedings should be brought on when that issue has not been immediately clear. In addition to my work as counsel I also have extensive experience sitting as an Arbitrator.
Obtained Barrister-at-Law degree from the Honourable Society of King’s Inns in 2003.
Hold Diploma in Arbitration ( National University of Ireland, Dublin (‘UCD’) 2003), Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration ( Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) course at Keble College 2006), Diploma in Construction Law ( University of Dublin (Trinity College) 2010) and FCIArb qualification (2006)
Broad experience as counsel of contentious arbitration work. Primarily instructed to advise as to whether parties should proceed with an arbitration and then to represent them in the arbitration but also have non-contentious experience. When providing non-contentious advice review or draft dispute clauses.
Have also very significant experience of moving court applications arising from arbitration proceedings- enforcing awards, applying for interim relief from court (rather than the arbitrator) and seeking to set aside Awards.
As Arbitrator I have a background in sitting as a sole member Tribunal or as with an ongoing DIFC-LCIA reference as a member of a three member Tribunal.
Indicative 2017/2018 Arbitration Work
(i) As Counsel with, Dermot Flanagan S.C, I brought an application on behalf of Cork County Council to set aside an Arbitration Award arising from a Compulsory Purchase Order. Mr. Flanagan and I were also instructed by Wexford County Council in a similar case which as of June, 2018 is still ongoing.
(ii) In December, 2017 successfully applied to the Irish arbitration Judge to enforce an Arbitration Award.
(iii) As sole-arbitrator, in 2017, I sat in a very protracted c. €1 million dispute between an insurance company and a policy holder where the insurance company declined to meet a material damage claim as it alleged fraud. I issued a number of interim Awards which were not challenged by the parties. Each party was represented by a very senior member of the Irish Bar.
(iv) As part of a 3 member Tribunal in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration arising from a property transaction I issued along with my colleagues an Award on jurisdiction in an arbitration which as of June, 2018 is still ongoing.
(v) A Chartered Arbitrator from Africa selected me to be there Tribunal Secretary in a Telecommunications dispute which was to involve a 3 day hearing in 2018 but was compromised after I had worked as Tribunal Secretary in this LCIA dispute for some months.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Board of Trustees in London from 2017-2020, former member of the CIArb Board of Management, in London, from 2013- 2015.
Co-author of three editions of ‘Arbitration Law’ (Round Hall, Dublin 2008, 2014 & 2018 (published in October, 2018)
Associate Lecturer at School of Law, Robert Gordon University, Dundee, Scotland teaching arbitration on LL.M/MSc course.