The ARIAS-Ireland Chapter has been established under the aegis of AIDA (Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances) and is the first Irish based Chapter of AIDA.   Arising from the growth of disputes in the global insurance and reinsurance markets, this Chapter will aim to encourage market practitioners with sufficient skills and experience to promote and assist in the development of insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution through arbitration in Ireland.  The Chapter’s main objective is to provide valuable information about industry trends and information, collaborate with overseas ARIAS organisations on events of mutual interest which will highlight new and hot topics in the industry and to provide an opportunity for industry professionals to participate in events and networking opportunities.  To ensure appropriate representation the ARIAS·Ireland Chapter is composed of legal professionals experienced in the Insurance and Re-insurance industry.

Arising from the growth of disputes in the global insurance and reinsurance markets, this Chapter will aim to encourage market practitioners with sufficient skills and experience to promote and assist in the development of insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution through arbitration in Ireland.  The Chapter’s main objective is to provide valuable information about industry trends and information, collaborate with overseas ARIAS organisations on events of mutual interest which will highlight new and hot topics in the industry and to provide an opportunity for industry professionals to participate in events and networking opportunities.  To ensure appropriate representation the ARIAS·Ireland Chapter is composed of legal professionals experienced in the Insurance and Re-insurance industry.

Matthew Austin

Matthew is a partner in the Commercial & Business team at Hayes solicitors. Matthew is a highly skilled litigator in commercial disputes and is experienced in cases before the Commercial Court and cases involving cross border issues. He has acted in significant loan recovery proceedings and in the defence of very substantial construction/energy claims. He has considerable experience of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Siobhan Burke neé Marry

Siobhan is a Senior Associate with Eversheds Sutherland and specialises in the areas of contentious building- and construction-related disputes, disputes in the commercial property sector, and alternative dispute resolution. She also has broad experience in commercial disputes. She has acted in multimillion Euro disputes arising from investments in financial products promoted by both leading financial institutions and financial intermediates.

Don Collins

Don is a Senior Associate in A&L Goodbody’s Disputes and Investigations group. He has considerable experience of Commercial Court litigation and large-scale, multi-jurisdictional litigation. He specialises in alternative dispute resolution processes. He has advised both national and international insurers on coverage disputes, as well as advising on insurers’ regulatory obligations.

Paul Convery

Paul is a Partner in William Fry and acts on behalf of clients in respect of complex, high-value insurance claims and coverage disputes. He is the firm’s representative in The Harmonie Group, an international network of vetted law firms providing dispute resolution services. He also advises on contractual/tortious disputes. Paul has extensive experience of advising clients where issues arise involving financial litigation, including financial crime litigation, investigations and reputational damage issues.

Paul Dempsey

Paul is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Department in Eugene F. Collins.  He has extensive experience acting for national and international clients in all aspects of commercial litigation, with a particular focus on insurance claims, product liability claims, contractual disputes and financial litigation.  Paul regularly acts for a number of insurance companies in a wide range of insurance related disputes and has considerable experience advising clients on alternative dispute resolution options.

John Doyle

John is a Partner in the Litigation Department of Dillon Eustace and advises national and international clients on all aspects of commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation. John is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)-Accredited Mediator and a member of the Irish Commercial Mediation Association.

Naoise Harnett

Naoise heads up the Irish insurance and reinsurance practice of Pinsent Masons and is a partner. He specialises in the corporate insurance and reinsurance sector and has been involved in many material corporate insurance transactions in the Irish market. He advises major Irish and international insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries.

Rory Kirrane SC

Rory is a Partner at Mason, Hayes & Curran, where he is head of the construction team. He has extensive experience in energy and construction issues and expertise in real estate, renewable energy and gas. Rory advises clients through ADR, arbitration and court.

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

Michael is a Partner at Holmes O’Malley Sexton and specialises in high-level, complex professional negligence litigation with a focus upon pursuing the most effective means of dispute resolution. He also advises on the GDPR, including compliance strategies, risk minimisation and litigation arising from data breaches. He acts for insurance companies, loss adjusters, and financial institutions, among others.

April McClements

April is a Partner in Matheson and specialises in insurance disputes for international clients and financial institutions. She acts for insurance companies in complex coverage disputes, often in the Commercial Court, through arbitration or another ADR method. She has acted for clients in ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under LCIA rules.

Andrew McGahey

Andrew is Regional Managing Partner for EMEA, as well as Managing Partner in Kennedy’s Dublin office. He has over 20 years’ experience advising clients in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He advises insurers on claims brought against directors of leading multinational companies and defending directors in breach of duty claims.

Colm Ó hOisín SC

Colm has been in practice in Dublin at the Irish Bar since 1988 and became a Senior Counsel in 2005. He has a wide-ranging practice concentrated on commercial and public law litigation and on international arbitration. He has been appointed as arbitrator in international disputes under the rules of ICSID, LCIA, ICC, ICDR and DIAC.  He is currently member for Ireland on the ICC International Court of Arbitration and is designated by Ireland to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators.

Daniel-Scanlon

Mark O’Shaughnessy

Mark is a litigation and regulatory investigations partner in ByrneWallace LLP, advising domestic and international organisations on complex disputes with a particular focus on corporate disputes, contentious intellectual property, and insurance matters. He also has extensive experience in advising private, semi-state and public organisations in regulatory investigations and enquiries.

Daniel Scanlon

Daniel is an insurance disputes partner at DWF. He has particular expertise in professional indemnity claims in the financial, legal and construction sectors. His practice also encompasses property damage claims and recoveries, coverage disputes, cyber claims, and defamation. He has extensive experience of ADR, including arbitration both national and international.

Neil Steen SC

Neil is a senior counsel at the Bar of Ireland. He has a commercial practice, encompassing company and insolvency, financial services, professional negligence, construction, energy, insurance, and planning and environmental law. He has acted in many arbitrations, both domestic and international.

Further information

For further information please contact our Executive Director, Rose Fisher at info@arbitrationireland.com.

Matthew Austin

Matthew is a partner in the Commercial & Business team at Hayes solicitors. Matthew is a highly skilled litigator in commercial disputes and is experienced in cases before the Commercial Court and cases involving cross border issues. He has acted in significant loan recovery proceedings and in the defence of very substantial construction/energy claims. He has considerable experience of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Siobhan Burke neé Marry

Siobhan is a Senior Associate with Eversheds Sutherland and specialises in the areas of contentious building- and construction-related disputes, disputes in the commercial property sector, and alternative dispute resolution. She also has broad experience in commercial disputes. She has acted in multimillion Euro disputes arising from investments in financial products promoted by both leading financial institutions and financial intermediates.

Don Collins

Don is a Senior Associate in A&L Goodbody’s Disputes and Investigations group. He has considerable experience of Commercial Court litigation and large-scale, multi-jurisdictional litigation. He specialises in alternative dispute resolution processes. He has advised both national and international insurers on coverage disputes, as well as advising on insurers’ regulatory obligations.

Paul Convery

Paul is a Partner in William Fry and acts on behalf of clients in respect of complex, high-value insurance claims and coverage disputes. He is the firm’s representative in The Harmonie Group, an international network of vetted law firms providing dispute resolution services. He also advises on contractual/tortious disputes.

Paul Dempsey

Paul is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Department in Eugene F. Collins.  He has extensive experience acting for national and international clients in all aspects of commercial litigation, with a particular focus on insurance claims, product liability claims, contractual disputes and financial litigation.  Paul regularly acts for a number of insurance companies in a wide range of insurance related disputes and has considerable experience advising clients on alternative dispute resolution options.

John Doyle

John is a Partner in the Litigation Department of Dillon Eustace and advises national and international clients on all aspects of commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation. John is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)-Accredited Mediator and a member of the Irish Commercial Mediation Association.

Naoise Harnett

Naoise heads up the Irish insurance and reinsurance practice of Pinsent Masons and is a partner. He specialises in the corporate insurance and reinsurance sector and has been involved in many material corporate insurance transactions in the Irish market. He advises major Irish and international insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries.

Rory Kirrane SC

Rory is a Partner at Mason, Hayes & Curran, where he is head of the construction team. He has extensive experience in energy and construction issues and expertise in real estate, renewable energy and gas. Rory advises clients through ADR, arbitration and court.

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

Michael is a Partner at Holmes O’Malley Sexton and specialises in high-level, complex professional negligence litigation with a focus upon pursuing the most effective means of dispute resolution. He also advises on the GDPR, including compliance strategies, risk minimisation and litigation arising from data breaches. He acts for insurance companies, loss adjusters, and financial institutions, among others.

April McClements

April is a Partner in Matheson and specialises in insurance disputes for international clients and financial institutions. She acts for insurance companies in complex coverage disputes, often in the Commercial Court, through arbitration or another ADR method. She has acted for clients in ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under LCIA rules.

Andrew McGahey

Andrew is Regional Managing Partner for EMEA, as well as Managing Partner in Kennedy’s Dublin office. He has over 20 years’ experience advising clients in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He advises insurers on claims brought against directors of leading multinational companies and defending directors in breach of duty claims.

Colm Ó hOisín SC

Colm has been in practice in Dublin at the Irish Bar since 1988 and became a Senior Counsel in 2005. He has a wide-ranging practice concentrated on commercial and public law litigation and on international arbitration. He has been appointed as arbitrator in international disputes under the rules of ICSID, LCIA, ICC, ICDR and DIAC.  He is currently member for Ireland on the ICC International Court of Arbitration and is designated by Ireland to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators.

Mark O’Shaughnessy

Mark is a litigation and regulatory investigations partner in ByrneWallace LLP, advising domestic and international organisations on complex disputes with a particular focus on corporate disputes, contentious intellectual property, and insurance matters. He also has extensive experience in advising private, semi-state and public organisations in regulatory investigations and enquiries.

Daniel-Scanlon

Daniel Scanlon

Daniel is an insurance disputes partner at DWF. He has particular expertise in professional indemnity claims in the financial, legal and construction sectors. His practice also encompasses property damage claims and recoveries, coverage disputes, cyber claims, and defamation. He has extensive experience of ADR, including arbitration both national and international.

Neil Steen SC

Neil is a senior counsel at the Bar of Ireland. He has a commercial practice, encompassing company and insolvency, financial services, professional negligence, construction, energy, insurance, and planning and environmental law. He has acted in many arbitrations, both domestic and international.

Further information

For further information please contact our Executive Director, Rose Fisher at info@arbitrationireland.com.