Brian Anderson is a practising Dispute Consultant. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator’s panels in the UK and Ireland. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Brian was a partner in a firm of Chartered Surveyors for 25 years before specialising in Dispute Resolution. Brian has always had a keen interest in sport and has participated actively in soccer, squash, tennis and golf.
Dr. Jack Anderson
Dr. Jack Anderson lectures in law at Queen's University Belfast. He had published widely on the topice of sports law, most recently, a book entitled The Legality of Boxing (Routledge, 2007). He is a qualified arbitrator, being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is a member of both the UK Sports Dispute Resolution Panel and the GAA's Dispute Resolution Authority. Originally from Limerick, his interest in sport is principally, but not exclusively, in hurling and rugby.
David Barniville S.C
David took silk in 2006 having been initially called to the bar in 1990. He has many sporting interests and is one of three legal representatives on the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.
David Casserly B.L.
David Casserly, a member of the Bars of Ireland and New York, is an Accredited Mediator and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Prior to practising at the Irish Bar, David practised as an attorney with a major international law firl and also spent three and a half years as the Legal Counsel and Head of Mediation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). David is an accomplished sportsman, with representative rugby honours.
Mel Casserly is accredited as an arbitrator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2006. Mel also qualified as an ADR Accredited Mediator in 2006. Mel completed a postgraduate diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration in Trinity College Dublin in 2005. Mel is a graduate of University College Galway and the Institute of Public Administration.
He brings to his work experience gained as a lecturer in Civil Engineering in the Institute of Technology, Sligo since 2000 and as Executive Engineer with Leitrim County Council (1998-2000). Mel enjoys running, swimming, cycling and soccer regularly. He has successfully completed six marathons including one ultra marathon, and several triathlons. He is a committee member (treasurer) of the MSC Triathlon Club in Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo.
Michael qualified as a Barrister in 1973 and a Solicitor in 1988. He spent more than 25 years as a lawyer in private practice and in-house, before being accredited as a mediator in 2002 with both CEDR and ADR Group. He has also trained with the International Trade Mark Association. Now an experienced mediator and practising mediator and arbitrator, Michael has attended programmes run by Pepperdine University, as well as programmes run by the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is a mediation member of the UK Sports Dispute Resolution Panel. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has recently taken on the leadership of the newly formed Intellectual Property and Information Technology Specialist Mediation Panel of leading provider, In Place of Strife. Michael is a keen sailor and qualified as a team umpire in sailing. He is a Vice-President of his local Rugby Union Club.
Brian is a solicitor and has been in private practice for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution. He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for over 20 years and a Fellow for over 10 years. In that period he has been involved in numerous arbitrations with construction as his main area of interest.
Brian has also had a lifelong interest and involvement in sport, both as a player and administrator. His main interest is in rugby and he is a member and supporter of Malahide Rugby Club. He served as Club Secretary for over 25 years and is one of the serving Trustees. He was also the Club’s Development Officer for many years during which the Club completed its move to its ultra modern facility at the Estuary in Malahide.
Arran Dowling- Hussey
Arran Dowling- Hussey was called to the Bar in 2003 and is a qualified arbitrator who has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2006. Arran is a member of the Panel of Adjudicators of the Private Residential Tenancies Board. He has tutored in Arbitration for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Law Society of Ireland. Arran has a number of sporting interests with a particular focus on athletics he is a former captain of the men's Athletics club at University College, Dublin. Arran is the co-author of Arbitration Law (Thomson Roundhall, 2008) - a guide to the law and practice of arbitration in the Republic of Ireland.
Finbarr Fox S.C
Finbarr was first called to the Irish Bar in 1985 and took silk in 2000. He has a general practice. Finbarr is currently a member of the Electronic Communications Appeals Panel.
Barry Galvin was called to the Irish Bar in 1966 and admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1969. He has extensive experience in the areas of banking law, civil and commercial litigation, sports law and criminal law; including money laundering, commercial fraud and asset forfeiture. Barry is a lawyer in private practice in Cork and practises as Legal advisor to a number of sporting clubs and a federation. Barry’s experience includes drafting Club and Federation sporting rules including compliance with international anti doping policies. He has represented competitors, clubs and a federation in appeal hearings under their respective sporting codes.
Barry has undertaken a number of High Court injunctions to secure the rights of competitors and intending competitors. He has also defended clubs against such proceedings. He has negotiated settlements of sports disputes on behalf of competitors and clubs. He has served as chairman of two of the Law Societies’ of Ireland regulatory committees.
Barry’s sporting background includes success in water-skiing competition, and motor cycle moto-cross events (both at national and international levels). He has acted as team captain to Irish water-ski teams in international events including world championships. He was appointed chief driver in a number of international water ski tournaments. An accredited lawyer, Barry is also a keen sailor.
Richard John Halpin
Richard John Halpin was appointed a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in April 2008. He has been a practising Solicitor for 26 years and is Principal of the long established firm of Kerin Hickman & O’Donnell Solicitors of 2, Bindon Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, which is one of the oldest practices in Munster having been first established in the year 1886. Richard is a member of the Law Society of Ireland since June 1982 and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since October 2001.
Richard was appointed a Commissioner for Oaths by the Supreme Court in 1987 and appointed a Notary Public by the Supreme Court in December 1990 for the Counties of Clare, Galway, Tipperary and Limerick. He qualified with a Diploma in Arbitration in 2008. He obtained from University College Cork the BCL Degree in 1981, the LLB Degree in 1998 and the LLM Degree in 2000. Richard has played hurling at minor and under twenty-one level for County Clare. He has won a Fitzgibbon Cup and Senior Hurling Leagues as well as Fresher Championship and League Hurling Medals with University College Cork. He has played at all levels in hurling and football with his club in Corofin, County Clare. He has considerable sporting interests in all sports and principally in rugby and athletics, to mention but two.
Liam qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and is a partner in the firm of Liam Keane & Partners, which is based in Dunshaughlin, County Meath. Liam is currently Chairman of the GAA's Central Hearings Committee and was the first secretary of its independent arbitration body, the DRA. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (irish Branch) and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, based in London. He is also Accredited Mediator.
John Lavery qualified as a solicitor in 1980. He specialises in company and commercial law and is a trusted adviser and in some cases, a member of the board of number of small and medium sized enterprises. He has many years experience in advising in advising companies on various matters that affect them including corporate governance, shareholder arrangements and disputes, mergers acquisitions and joint ventures, fundraisings and commercial contracts. An accredited arbitrator, John is also a keen sailor.
Paddy is a practising chartered accountant and auditor and has been so since qualifying in 1983. His practice involves Corporate Audit and taxation services together with personal compliance taxation services. The practice also provides business advisory services such as share valuations and acting as meeting Chairman. In particular, the practice specialises in dispute resolution services in the areas of mediation and Arbitration. Paddy is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, holds a Diploma in Arbitration Law & Practice and is an accredited as a mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), London. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an Associate of The Irish Taxation Institute.
Paddy has been involved in the administration of the sport of sailing since 1983. He was President of the Irish Sailing Association between 1998 & 2002. One of the principal achievements of his Presidency was the development and implementation of sailing’s first strategic plans. Indeed this was the first such plan developed by a national governing body in Ireland. His term in office also saw a substantial growth in membership and professional staff. Paddy was also a keen rugby player at school and later on, in Clontarf Rugby Football Club. He remains a keen rugby supporter and a member of Blackrock Rugby Football Club.
Paulyn Marrinan Quinn S.C.
Paulyn is a senior counsel having been called to the bar in 1979 where, she has a general civil practice with a particular specialty in the area of insurance and re-insurance liability issues. She was appointed Ireland’s first Insurance Ombudsman in 1992. Paulyn is currently Ombudsman for the Defence Forces. Paulyn has spent many years pioneering alternative dispute resolution methods at the coalface. She is an accredited arbitrator and mediator and is the founder, lecturer and programme co-ordinator of Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Paulyn is also a course co-ordinator and mentor for the MBA and degree courses at the University of Limerick, UCK, the IPA and the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.
Based in Belfast Christopher has been a partner with Chartered Accountancy firm Johnston Kennedy DFK since 1998. He now has responsibility for business advisory services to the professional and medical sectors in addition to advising many sporting organisations on governance and financial matters. Christopher also acts as an advisor in cases involving both civil and criminal litigation and in particular areas of tax evasion.
Christopher is a Qualified Mediator having been accredited as a ‘QDR’ by the Academy of Experts, London and is also an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has mediated both in London under County Court appointed schemes as well as locally in N Ireland under party appointed mediations, predominantly in shareholder and partnership disputes.
Christopher is currently senior coach at South Antrim Hockey Club (SAHC) and a youth coach at Lisnagarvey Hockey Club as well as serving on the management committee at SAHC. A keen supporter of Ulster and Irish hockey he is delighted to currently hold the post of manager to the Irish Veterans (Over 40’s) Team.
Michael qualified as a solicitor in 1977 and is a notary public. He practices principally in the areas of company, trade mark and alternative dispute resolution. He is a fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a past chairman and honorary treasurer of the Irish Branch. Michael is also a member of the Law Society's Arbitration and Mediation Committee and a past chairman of that committee. He holds Diplomas in Arbitration Law and International Commercial Arbitration and is a member of the Mediation Institute Ireland. Michael has an active interest in sport and is a keen sailor and plays golf and also follows rugby and soccer. He is a member of the Royal St. George Yacht Club and Old Belvedere Rugby Club.
Rory is a Member of the Panel of Arbitrators for the GAA’s Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) and has been a practising Barrister since 1998. He has a keen interest in all sports, having been involved for many years in rowing and more recently athletics.
Micheál O ’Connell B.L.
Micheál was called to the bar in 1999. He has a commercial/chancery and general practice with a particular specialisation in conveyancing, construction and land law. He is an accredited arbitrator and had the distinction of serving on the first Dispute Resolution Authority (the “DRA”). Micheál has a keen interest in sport being involved in GAA, rowing and most recently mountaineering.
Colm O hOisin S.C
Colm Ó hOisin is a senior counsel who has been practicing at the Irish Bar for 20 years. He has a wide ranging practice including commercial, administrative/public law, constitutional and personal injury work. Colm has a particularly specialty in maritime disputes. Colm is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has been appointed as arbitrator in several cases as well as acted as counsel in a number of arbitration hearings and tribunals. Colm is also an accredited mediator. He is currently the chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee of the Bar Council of Ireland. Colm’s sporting interests include Gaelic Football, Rugby, Tennis and Sailing. He is currently Deputy President of Donnybrook Tennis Club.
Joe qualified as a Barrister at law in 1987 and has been Senior Counsel since 2003. Joe is an experienced chairman of disciplinary tribunals and was Vice-Chairperson of the Employment Appeals Tribunal from 1995 to January 2007. Joe is also the author of many widely reported decisions in disciplinary procedures particularly in employment matters. Joe has been involved with many complex arbitration and mediation matters. In addition to his legal expertise Joe has an extensive knowledge of sport. Joe has been involved in a multitude of sports including greyhound racing, coursing, horse racing, rugby, Gaelic football, cricket and bridge. Joe organised and ran a Trinity College Dublin team and went onto be involved in organising the Dublin GAA league. He played senior cricket until the age of 58, and also played top level bridge for 25 years.
Andrew Smyth qualified as a solicitor in 1957. He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2000 and prior to that was an Associate of the Institute for a number of years. Andrew was President of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association in 1981 and of the Law Society of Ireland in 1996/1997. He has acted as Arbitrator in approximately 20 to 40 domestic arbitrations and is a panel member of the GAA Dispute Resolution Authority.
George was employed by the Irish Rugby Football Union (“IRFU”) from 1979 until his retirement in 2005 firstly as a Game Development Officer, then as Director of Rugby and finally as Rugby Administrator from 1994 until 2005. His latter role included acting as the IRFU’s Disciplinary Officer, Secretary of the Regulation Sub-Committee and Anti- Doping Officer. He is currently a member of the European Rugby Cup and Six Nations Disciplinary Panel. In addition, he continues to act on the IRFU’s own Disciplinary Panel as well as the Regulations Review Committee.
Ercus Stewart S.C. – Chairperson
Ercus is a senior counsel having been called to the Irish Bar in 1970. He is also a member of the bars of Northern Ireland, England and Wales and New South Wales. His practice includes Commercial and Civil Law, Contract, Employment Law and also International and Domestic Commercial Arbitration. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. He is a member of a number of world-renowned arbitration panels including the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (“I.C.D.R.”), New York & Dublin, the ICC panel in Dublin and the Sports Disputes Resolution Panel, London. He has a keen interest in sport and is an active participant in the Irish Mountain Running Association.
Dr Mary Redmond
Mary Redmond is a CEDR qualified mediator and Consultant Solicitor at Arthus Cox Dublin where she specialises in Employment Law. She is author of the standard text Dismissal Law (2007) and Strikes - An Essential Guilde to Industrial Relations (2010). As Director of the Labour Relations Commission for two terms, she had first hand experience of industrial relations issues in Ireland. With over 25 years' experience of employment law practice, she is consistently rated internationally as one of Ireland's most recommended employment lawyers.Redmond is a non-executive director of Cricket Ireland, and Chairman of 4FM Radio. She is a Council member of the Institute of Directors, UK, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She was director and former Deputy Governor of Bank of Ireland Group, former director of Smurfit Group plc, Campbell Bewley Group and the Royal Liver Assurance. She has been a member of several statutory boards including the RTE Authority. In 2004 Redmond was made an Honorary Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. Redmond is founder of two national charities, the Irish Hospice Foundation and The Wheel. She is currently a Trustee of the Iveagh Trust.
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