Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of Arbitration Ireland is charged with managing the affairs of the body. This includes all aspects of operations including developing strategy, ensuring the finances are in order, organising events and increasing membership.

President

Paul Gardiner SC

Paul was called to the Bar in 1987 and to the Inner Bar in October 2000. He has appeared as counsel in many significant commercial litigation cases, and acted as arbitrator both domestically and internationally, while also appearing as counsel in many arbitrations. He is an accredited mediator with the CEDR, and has acted as mediator in a number of significant commercial disputes.

Vice President

Nicola Dunleavy, Solicitor

Nicola is a Partner in Matheson’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. She leads the Matheson arbitration team and her expertise includes advocacy in alternative dispute resolution, encompassing expert determination, adjudication and mediation. Nicola is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Treasurer

Joe Kelly, Solicitor

Joe is a Partner in A&L Goodbody’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is a practising arbitrator. He advises clients involved in regulatory investigations or prosecutions, and amongst his experience is cross jurisdictional regulatory investigation.

Secretary

John Doyle, Solicitor

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.

Gerard Monaghan, Engineer

Gerard is a Chartered Engineer and Technical Director at Nicholas O’Dwyer Ltd Consulting Engineers. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Engineers Ireland Panel of Conciliators and a CEDR-accredited mediator.

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.

Paul McGarry SC

Paul was called to the Bar in 1996 and appointed a senior counsel in 2010, He has also been a member of the Bar of England and Wales since 2012. A former Chairman of the The Bar of Ireland, his practice is primarily in public, commercial and European law. Paul is an accredited mediator and international arbitrator and has spoken on arbitration at events organised by the IBA, UIA, CCBE, ABA, Arbitration Ireland and ICAB. He currently chairs the Sports Law Bar Association of Ireland.

Gavin Woods, Solicitor

Gavin is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Arthur Cox Solicitors. His practice has a focus on advising clients about intellectual property disputes (trademark and copyright infringement and breach of confidential information).

PRO

Margaret Austin, Solicitor

Margaret is a Partner at Eugene F. Collins. She is head of the firm’s Construction Planning & Environment Law Group. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, former Chair of the Irish Environmental Law Association and former chair of the European Environmental Law Association.

Rory Kirrane, Solicitor

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 Collins SC

Michael has extensive experience of international commercial arbitration, with appointments as arbitrator from the ICC, the LCIA and UNCITRAL. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in the US, a  member of the panel of arbitrators for the International Arbitration Centre in Kazakhstan and a former chair of the Bar Council of Ireland. Michael is currently Chairman of the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, a member of the ICC national committee and Adjunct Professor at the Sutherland UCD Law School.

Richard Breen, Solicitor

Richard is a Partner at William Fry Solicitors, Dublin, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.  He advises a range of clients in national and multi-jurisdiction dispute resolution. He is also a member of his firm’s Asia group with a particular focus on India.

Klaus Reichert SC 

Klaus is in practice at Brick Court Chambers in London and specialises in international arbitration. He is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He serves on the Governing Board of the ICCA and is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitration (USA). In 2020 he was designated by the Government of Ireland to the panel of conciliators at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Susan Ahern BL

Susan is a barrister at the Law Library in Dublin and international arbitrator at 33 Bedford Row Chambers, London. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Susan is a member of the ICSID Conciliator Panel, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Sport Resolutions UK and the Bar of Ireland Arbitration and ADR Committee.

Ian Talbot, Chartered Accountant

Ian is Secretary General of International Chamber of Commerce Ireland and CEO of Chambers Ireland, the largest business network in Ireland. Previously Ian worked with JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and Price Waterhouse.

Cathrina Keville BL

Cathrina is a barrister in the Law Library in Dublin.  She is an elected member of the Bar Council of Ireland and Chair of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of the Bar Council.  She has a wide ranging practice to include civil, property and public law litigation, with experience in the area of property arbitration.  She is a former lecturer in European law and an accredited mediator and instructor on the Bar Council advanced advocacy course.

Peggy O’Rourke SC

Professional Qualifications: LLB,  LLM (Harv), Attorney at Law (NY1996)

Areas of specialism:  Administrative/Judicial Review,  Arbitration/Dispute Resolution, Commercial/Chancery, Construction,  Employment Law, Professional Negligence

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.

Executive Director

Rose Fisher

Rose Fisher is the Executive Director of Arbitration Ireland. Well known throughout the Irish legal network, Rose worked for the body representing Irish barristers, The Bar of Ireland, for almost 20 years before taking up her post with Arbitration Ireland. Rose has extensive experience in management, business development and operations roles, and holds an honours degree in business and project management.

President

Paul Gardiner SC

Paul was called to the Bar in 1987 and to the Inner Bar in October 2000. He has appeared as counsel in many significant commercial litigation cases, and acted as arbitrator both domestically and internationally, while also appearing as counsel in many arbitrations. He is an accredited mediator with the CEDR, and has acted as mediator in a number of significant commercial disputes.

Vice President

Nicola Dunleavy, Solicitor

Nicola is a Partner in Matheson’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. She leads the Matheson arbitration team and her expertise includes advocacy in alternative dispute resolution, encompassing expert determination, adjudication and mediation. Nicola is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Treasurer

Joe Kelly, Solicitor

Joe is a Partner in A&L Goodbody’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is a practising arbitrator. He advises clients involved in regulatory investigations or prosecutions, and amongst his experience is cross jurisdictional regulatory investigation.

Secretary

John Doyle, Solicitor

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.

Paul McGarry SC

Paul was called to the Bar in 1996 and appointed a senior counsel in 2010, He has also been a member of the Bar of England and Wales since 2012. A former Chairman of the The Bar of Ireland, his practice is primarily in public, commercial and European law. Paul is an accredited mediator and international arbitrator and has spoken on arbitration at events organised by the IBA, UIA, CCBE, ABA, Arbitration Ireland and ICAB. He currently chairs the Sports Law Bar Association of Ireland.

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.

Gerard Monaghan, Engineer

Gerard is a Chartered Engineer and Technical Director at Nicholas O’Dwyer Ltd Consulting Engineers. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Engineers Ireland Panel of Conciliators and a CEDR-accredited mediator.

PRO

Margaret Austin, Solicitor

Margaret is a Partner at Eugene F. Collins. She is head of the firm’s Construction Planning & Environment Law Group. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, former Chair of the Irish Environmental Law Association and former chair of the European Environmental Law Association.

Rory Kirrane, Solicitor

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 Collins SC

Michael has extensive experience of international commercial arbitration, with appointments as arbitrator from the ICC, the LCIA and UNCITRAL. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in the US, a  member of the panel of arbitrators for the International Arbitration Centre in Kazakhstan and a former chair of the Bar Council of Ireland. Michael is currently Chairman of the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, a member of the ICC national committee and Adjunct Professor at the Sutherland UCD Law School.

Richard Breen, Solicitor

Richard is a Partner at William Fry Solicitors, Dublin, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.  He advises a range of clients in national and multi-jurisdiction dispute resolution. He is a member of his firm's Asia group with a particular focus on India.

Gavin Woods, Solicitor

Gavin is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Arthur Cox Solicitors. His practice has a focus on advising clients about intellectual property disputes (trademark and copyright infringement and breach of confidential information).

Klaus Reichert SC 

Klaus is a senior counsel at the Law Library, Dublin and Brick Court Chambers, London. He is a member of the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, Legal Practice Division Council of the International Bar Association, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Susan Ahern BL

Susan is a barrister at the Law Library in Dublin and international arbitrator at 33 Bedford Row Chambers, London. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Susan is a member of the ICSID Conciliator Panel, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Sport Resolutions UK and the Bar of Ireland Arbitration and ADR Committee.

Ian Talbot, Chartered Accountant

Ian is Secretary General of International Chamber of Commerce Ireland and CEO of Chambers Ireland, the largest business network in Ireland. Previously Ian worked with JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and Price Waterhouse.

Cathrina Keville BL

Cathrina is a barrister in the Law Library in Dublin.  She is an elected member of the Bar Council of Ireland and Chair of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of the Bar Council.  She has a wide ranging practice to include civil, property and public law litigation, with experience in the area of property arbitration.  She is a former lecturer in European law and an accredited mediator and instructor on the Bar Council advanced advocacy course.

Peggy O’Rourke SC

Professional Qualifications: LLB,  LLM (Harv), Attorney at Law (NY1996)

Areas of specialism:  Administrative/Judicial Review,  Arbitration/Dispute Resolution, Commercial/Chancery, Construction,  Employment Law, Professional Negligence

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.

Executive Director

Rose Fisher

Rose Fisher is the Executive Director of Arbitration Ireland. Well known throughout the Irish legal network, Rose worked for the body representing Irish barristers, The Bar of Ireland, for almost 20 years before taking up her post with Arbitration Ireland. Rose has extensive experience in management, business development and operations roles, and holds an honours degree in business and project management.