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.

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 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.

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 is a senior counsel at the Law Library, Dublin, to which he was admitted in 1987. He is highly experienced and holds a special interest in admiralty and maritime law. He is a member of the Irish Maritime Law Association and the Comité Maritime International (CMI).

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).

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 junior counsel at the Law Library, Dublin, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, The Bar of Ireland Arbitration and ADR Committee, and is a Director of Sports Dispute Solutions Ireland.

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.

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.

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 is a Bencher of King’s Inns. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law in UCD, external examiner to the King’s Inns and former Chairman of the Council of The Bar of Ireland. He has extensive experience in commerical arbitration, both domestically and internationally.

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.

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 is a senior counsel at the Law Library, Dublin, to which he was admitted in 1987. He is highly experienced and holds a special interest in admiralty and maritime law. He is a member of the Irish Maritime Law Association and the Comité Maritime International (CMI).

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).

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 junior counsel at the Law Library, Dublin, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, The Bar of Ireland Arbitration and ADR Committee, and is a Director of Sports Dispute Solutions Ireland.

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.