Speakers at the
Dublin International Arbitration Day 2019

Alison Pearsall

Veolia Environnement

Alison provides legal and strategic counsel in complex arbitration and international litigation cases for Veolia Environnement in northern Europe, north America and Australia. Previously, Alison was responsible for energy-related arbitration and litigation cases in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Shell. She had served as the Common Law Counsel at the ICC Court of Arbitration and worked in private practice in New York and Paris.

Karl Hennessee

Senior VP, Airbus, France

Karl is Senior Vice President, Litigation, Investigations and Regulatory Affairs at Airbus. He serves as Chairman of the Governing Body of the ICC Court of International Arbitration and as member of the Global Finance Committee as well as sitting as arbitrator in non-ICC cases. Karl gives guest lectures in law and public policy at Oxford, Cambridge, Paris Assas, Sciences Po, and Toulouse Business School.

Janet Whittaker

Clifford Chance

Janet Whittaker is Senior Counsel at Clifford Chance based in Washington, DC.  Her practice focuses on international arbitration, business and human rights, international trade, and climate change issues.

Kieron O’Callaghan

Partner, Hogan Lovells International, U.K.

Kieron is a partner and head of Hogan Lovells’ International Arbitration practice in London. He has extensive experience handling a broad range of complex, high-value international arbitrations (ad hoc, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL), with a particular focus on energy (oil, gas and LNG) and joint venture/shareholder disputes. Kieron is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.

Matthew E Draper

Draper & Draper LLC, FCIArb, U.S.A.

Matthew is an experienced international arbitration counsel and arbitrator based in New York. As counsel, Matthew represents U.S. and foreign clients in arbitrations and litigations. He serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s ADR Committee on the Environment, Energy and Resources, and on the ICC Task Force on the Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes.

Kathleen Paisley

Partner/Arbitrator, Ambos Lawyers

Kathleen Paisley is an international arbitrator with more than thirty years’ experience in both commercial and investor-State arbitration. She is triple qualified with degrees from the Yale Law School, a Master’s degree in Finance and has completed the Certified Public Accountancy exam.
Kathleen has specific industry expertise in technology (both medical and non-medical), biotech, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, construction, energy and hospitality.
Paisley’s areas of legal specialization include international law, intellectual property, data protection, cybersecurity, complex damages, competition/antitrust and EU law issues related to arbitration.
She brings a truly international approach to her work given her US nationality and training, European and US presences, and significant experience covering Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Europe. She is a member of the New York and DC Bars and has worked under the laws of England and Wales, Belgium and other civil jurisdictions.
In addition to her practice, Kathleen also speaks and publishes regularly on arbitration and has the honor of serving on the major international arbitration task forces established by ICCA and others on damages (quantification), data protection (co-chair), cybersecurity, as well as the Sedona Conference Drafting Committee on arbitration and the Mixed Mode International Task Force (enforcement).

Prof. Doug Jones AO

Atkin Chambers, London, Toronto, and Sydney

Doug is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. His expert matters include infrastructure, energy, commodities, commercial and joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning over 30 jurisdictions. He has extensive experience under ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, ACICA, SIAC, DIAC, EDF Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, in disputes of values exceeding billions of US dollars.

David Kavanagh QC


David is European co-head of the International Litigation and Arbitration Group at Skadden. Based in London, he focuses on complex international arbitration and cross-border litigation. Mr Kavanagh was part of the group named International Arbitration Team of the Year at the 2017 Legal Business Awards and named among Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year for international arbitration.

Andy Moody

Partner, Baker & McKenzie, U.K.

Andy is a Partner in the firm’s dispute resolution and international arbitration practices in London. Andy has extensive experience in international arbitration, mediation, expert determination and complex litigation both before the English Court and abroad. He is also a solicitor advocate and regularly sits as arbitrator. Andy is recognised as a leading individual by Legal 500 and Chambers.

Duncan Matthews QC

Twenty Essex, U.K

Duncan is joint Head of Chambers at Twenty Essex. He is a leading trial advocate with a broad practice in international and domestic commercial dispute resolution. Duncan has a large international arbitration practice both as counsel and arbitrator, with experience spanning a wide range of arbitral institutions including HKIAC, ICC, JCAA, LCIA, LMAA, UNCITRAL and SIAC (ad hoc).

Constantine Partasides QC

Three Crowns, U.K.

Constantine is a founding partner of Three Crowns LLP and is based in the firm’s London office.  He has been named in Who’s Who’s top 20 individuals in the world of arbitration since 2011, is a co-author of Redfern & Hunter on International Arbitration, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014.

Joe Tirado

Partner, Garrigues, U.K.

Joe is Global Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR of leading Spanish and Latin American firm, Garrigues. He has close to 30 years of dispute resolution experience representing sovereign governments, multi-national corporations and high net worth individuals. Joe has handled hundreds of cases across a broad range of industry sectors as a litigator, counsel, arbitrator, mediator and expert.

The Hon. Mr Justice David Barniville

Dedicated Arbitration Judge, High Court, Ireland

David was appointed a judge of the High Court of Ireland in December 2017. He is currently assigned to the Commercial Division of that Court and in June 2018 he was appointed as the Arbitration Judge in the High Court. In July 2018 he became a member of Ireland’s National Group on the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Paul Gardiner SC

President of Arbitration Ireland

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.

Paul McGarry SC

The Bar of Ireland

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.

Susan Dunn

Harbour Litigation Funding

Susan is one of the most experienced professionals in the funding sector. A pioneer of litigation funding in the UK, having established her first funder in 2002, Susan has provided significant input to the development of public policy on funding around the world. Susan is a founding member of the UK’s Association of Litigation Funders, which she now chairs. Harbour now has funds of £760 million.

Michael Collins SC

The Bar of Ireland

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 Law School at University College Dublin.

Conor Linehan

William Fry

Conor is a Partner at William Fry, leading the Firm’s Environmental Law practice. He has a long-standing interest in legal and policy responses to climate change. He has designed and taught courses in Climate Law for Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin.  He was a Vice-Chair of the IBA President’s Task Force on Climate Justice and is the Irish Government appointee to the Environmental Law Panel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Law and the Environment at University College Cork.