A litigator, arbitrator and mediator in general practice 1992, prior to which an in-house lawyer in a firm of patent and trademarks attorneys, he has a wide practice as an advocate, advisor and neutral. He holds current practicing certificates as barrister in Ireland and England & Wales, practicing from the Law Library, Dublin and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, London. Calls: Kings Inns Dublin, Middle Temple, and the Bar of Northern Ireland. Patent of Precedence granted by the Government of Ireland.
His wide ranging practice in 2019 and 2020 included matters before the Court of Justice of the European Union (Case C 265/19), the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion No. 42/2020), the Superior Courts of Ireland (chancery, common law and commercial),statutory adjudication, international arbitration, arbitration, construction adjudication (building, engineering and M&E), and mediation. Issues in dispute include construction, intellectual property (performers rights, copyright and internet domain names), International Treaties (TFEU, Vienna Convention, WPPT), European Law (transposition of EU Directive), human rights (arbitrary detention, statutory tribunals established by the Irish Mental Health Commission) alleged professional negligence, provision of academic services within a University and a neighbour/boundary/property dispute. He is an active member of three disciplinary & regulatory standing tribunals (professional regulatory).
A Past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2018), past Chair CIArb Irish Branch (2005), former CIArb Trustee (2013-2017) and past member of the ICC National Committee for Ireland, he is a Chartered Arbitrator and has acted as tribunal member, arbitrator, both as chair and sole panellist in over 500 arbitrations, tribunals and administrative proceedings including 80 construction, partnership, insurance, real property, distributorship, intellectual property arbitrations and adjudications, over 400 Internet domain name references (UDRP), numerous statutory tribunals, appeal boards and professional regulatory determinations.
He is on the Panel of Arbitrators ICSID (nominated by the Government of Ireland), the panel of 15 arbitrators for the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea (Council Decision 2014/794/EU), a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Panel of Chartered Arbitrators, Beijing Arbitration Commission/ Beijing International Arbitration Center (BAC/BIAC) Panel of Arbitrators for International Investment Disputes and ICDR Panel of Arbitrators.
He is an arbitrator on the General List of the Court of Arbitration for Sport by the International Council for Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) Lausanne, Switzerland, a member of the National Contractual Disputes Panel (Construction Industry Federation, Ireland), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Irish Branch) Panel of Conciliators for Government Contracts. He is a member of the panel of adjudicators of construction disputes appointed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Ireland) and the Law Society of Ireland Panel of Arbitrators.
He is on the panel of mediators and arbitrators of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, Geneva for the National Arbitration Forum, USA. ( Internet Domain Name Dispute Panel), Nominet UK, United Kingdom ( Internet Domain Name Dispute Panel), ADNDRC Hong Kong/ China ( Internet Domain Name Dispute Panel) and Czech Arbitration Court, Prague (Internet Domain Name Dispute Panel).
He is a member of the faculty of the Higher Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration (Trinity College Dublin) and in the month of June each year since 2007 he has convened the Dublin Forum on International Dispute Resolution .