CBA Executive Committee 2018/2019

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(Back: Martin Waldron BL, Jonathan S. FitzGerald BL, John McDonagh SC, Claire Cummins BL, Barra McCabe BL, Anita Finucane BL, Deirdre Ni Fhlionn BL. Front: Attorney General Seamus Wolfe, The Honourable Chief Justice of Ireland Frank Clarke, The Honourable Chief Justice of Northern Ireland Sir Declan Morgan, Chairman John Trainor SC.) 

John Trainor SC – Chairperson

John Trainor SC

John was called to the Bar in 1980 and admitted to the Inner Bar in 1996.  He specialises in the fields of construction law, commercial law, non-jury and chancery actions and arbitration; particularly, in the field of construction law. John is also qualified as an arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator.  He has acted in a wide variety of large construction arbitrations and litigation in relation to many large engineering and building contracts, breach of contract and professional negligence cases, as well as in disputes concerning procurement, planning and insurance issues. John is the Chairperson of the Construction Bar Association of Ireland.

Contact details: John Trainor


Jonathan S. FitzGerald BL – Vice Chairperson

imageJonathan holds primary and master degrees in law. Prior to commencing practice at the Bar in 2005, Jonathan worked in the International Trade Practice of a “Big 4” advisory firm in Dublin, Sydney and New York. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 and as an Attorney-at-Law (NY) in 2004.  Jonathan practices in commercial and chancery law and has acted in an array of construction disputes in litigation, arbitration, adjudication, conciliation and mediation.  Jonathan acts “of counsel” in an advisory capacity to a multinational renewable energy group.  Jonathan is the Vice-Chairperson and a founding member of the Construction Bar Association of Ireland
Contact details: Jonathan S. FitzGerald

Lydia Bunni BL – Secretary

Lydia is a practising barrister since 2006, specialising in construction disputes, construction insurance, arbitration, environmental and planning law. Lydia advises contractors, employers, designers, insurance companies and private entities. She lectures in Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland. Lydia is the Honorary Secretary and a founding member of the Construction Bar Association of Ireland.


Contact details: Lydia Bunni


Anita Finucane BL – Secretary Pro Tem

114098-Anita-FinucaneAnita was called to the Bar in 2014.  She practices in the areas of common law, chancery and non-jury matters and construction law. Anita,with Barra McCabe BL, runs the Association’s celebrated Tech Talk Programme and acts as Secretary Pro Tem.

Contact details: Anita Finucane



Claire Cummins BL – Treasurer


Claire was called to the Bar in 2012.  She specialises in commercial, chancery matter and general common law.   Claire is Treasurer of the Construction Bar Association of Ireland.

Contact details: Claire Cummins



Patricia Hill BL

Patricia was called to the Bar in 2001.  Patricia has acted in a wide variety of commercial, chancery and common law matters and specialises in construction law and construction dispute resolution.

Contact details: Patricia Hill BL


Gerard Meehan BL


BE (Hons), Dip. Arb. Dip Const. Law, FCIArb

Gerard was called to the Bar in 2004.  He holds a Diploma in Arbitration and is a fellow of the CIARB.  Prior to coming to the Bar, Gerard qualified and practiced as an engineer.  This prior practical professional experience informs his specialisation in Construction Law and Construction Dispute Resolution.

Contact details: Gerard Meehan BL

Martin Waldron BL


BL MSc(Surv) DipArb FCIArb MSCSI MRICS, Accredited Adjudicator

Martin was called to the Bar in 2013.  Prior to coming to the Bar, Martin qualified and practiced as a quantity surveyor.  Martin is Secretary of CIARB Irish Branch.

Contact details: Martin Waldron BL


John McDonagh SC


John was called to the Bar in 1983 and took silk in 2002. He specialises in Professional Negligence, Insurance, Construction Law, Procurement and Chancery. John also practices in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

Contact details: John McDonagh SC


James Burke BL


BCL (Law & French), Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA), Advanced Diploma Public Procurement Law.

James was called to the Bar in 2005.  James’ practice consists predominantly of commercial matters with a particular specialty in taxation, procurement and construction law.

Contact details: James Burke BL

Barra McCabe BL


BA (Hons), Dip Surveying, B.L., M.R.I.C.S., M.S.C.S.i.

Barra was called to the Bar in 2015.  Prior to coming to the Bar, Barra practiced as a quantity surveyor and he brings this practical experienced on construction and engineering projects to his practice as a barrister.  Barra, along with Anita Finucane BL, runs the Association’s celebrated CBA Tech Talk Programme.

Contact details: Barra McCabe BL

Deirdre Ní Fhloinn BL

Deirdre  is a practising barrister in her final year of a PhD at the Law School at Trinity College on the subject of legal remedies for defective housing.     Deirdre previously practised as a solicitor at large Dublin based firm and at London Underground, advising on contracting arrangements for building and engineering projects.  She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration from Trinity College, an MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution from King’s College, London, and lectures on both programmes in her areas of research.

Contact details: Deirdre Ní Fhloinn BL


Momento Mori – Past Members of the Executive Committee

Mark Sanfey SC – Chairman (2013 – 2018)


 Michael Binchy BL (2013 – 2018)

Michael Binchy

Sinead Drinan BL (2015 – 2018)

Micheal Munnelly BL (2013 – 2018)


Jennifer O’Connell BL (2013 – 2016)