Advocacy and Advisory
He is a Senior Counsel holding a Precedent and Preaudience from the Government of Ireland. He has practiced as a barrister in private practice since 1992.
His practice has a focus on civil and commercial litigation, international arbitration and ADR. He has a special interest in international law including EU law, international dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation. His casework includes intellectual property (copyright, trademarks and Internet domain names), insurance indemnity disputes, company, partnership and construction disputes (arbitration, conciliation, mediation and construction adjudication), and arbitration-related court
applications. He has advised on a wide range of commercial contracts including technology transfer, franchising and licensing. Arbitration
He has acted as arbitrator and represented parties in commercial, construction and intellectual
property arbitrations for almost 30 years. He has been elected President of the Chartered Institute
of Arbitrators for 2018, having served as a Trustee, Branch Chair and committee member for over 25
years. He has served as arbitrator by appointment of the parties and institutions including the
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Construction Industry Federation (Ireland). International Dispute Resolution
He is a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators and conciliators nominated by the Irish government.
He has received appointments in international disputes from WIPO (Geneva), ICC (Paris), CIArb
(London), NAF (Minneapolis, MN) CAC (Prague), KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur).
In November 2014 he was appointed by the Council of the EU as a member of the panel of 15
arbitrators for the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement between the EU
and the Republic of Korea (Council Decision 2014/794/EU).
In 2010 he was appointed by DG Justice of the EU Commission to the expert group advising on the
revision of the Brussels 1 Regulation and arbitration. Professional Regulation
Since August 2014, he has been a member of the quasi-judicial panel appointed by the Central Bank
of Ireland to carry out investigations of regulated entities under the Administrative Sanctions
Procedure. He is a member of the Irish government appointed Property Services Appeal Board and
the disciplinary committee of CPA Ireland. Construction Dispute Resolution
On 8 December 2015, he was appointed by the Minister of State for Business and Employment as a
member of the Construction Contracts Adjudication Panel, established under Section 8 of the
Construction Contracts Act, 2013. He is a member of the teaching faculty of the Diploma in
Construction Law and Contract Administration Trinity College Dublin. Mediation
He is a certified mediator (Mediators Institute of Ireland) and served for several years on the Council
of the Mediators Institute of Ireland, including a term as Vice-Chair. He has been appointed mediator
in intellectual property, commercial, contract, partnership, workplace and family disputes by
appointment of parties and by appointment of the World Intellectual Property Organisation
He is a member of the ADR Panel of the Bar Council of England & Wales (formerly known as the ADR
sub-committee). He regularly participates in mediation and arbitration and international arbitration
training and assessment courses for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Ireland and the United
Kingdom as course director, tutor, moderator and examiner. Academic
2007 he initiated the adreurope.com project which each year convenes the Dublin Forum on
His recent publications include
The Uncitral Transparency Rules 2014 for Investor State Dispute Settlement and Trans-Atlantic Trade
and Investment Partnership Negotiations. ADR and Arbitration Review Vol 1, Issue 1, November
The .ie chapter in Domain Name Law and Practice Torsten Bettinger ed. Oxford University Press
(2005, 2nd ed 2015];
Contributor to Promoting Further Mediation e-book. (J El Ahdab, J Tirado ed.) International Bar
Association. April 2015.