Welcome back to the New Normal

Where the exigencies of the Covid-19 pandemic has transformed legal practice in construction law and the resolution of construction disputes, the CBA are busy adapting and developing new and relevant initiatives to facilitate and inform our Members in practice during this extraordinary time.

The 2020/21 schedule of events shall be detailed in the Chairperson’s Letter  due to issue to Members in advance of the starting gun of the legal year on 5 October 2020 (and in News and Events on this site).  As always, the Executive Committee actively welcome contributions and ideas from our Members so please feel encouraged to contact the Secretary if you have any suggestions or comments.

By way of gentle reminder, subs for 2020/21 are now due…

CBA Tech Talk Webinar Programme 2020/21

In the new reality, the Executive Committee of the CBA has placed increased emphasis in bringing the CBA Tech Talk Programme online.  The new live Webinar format has worked exceedingly well to date.  The Association is particularly grateful to the Bar Council in facilitating this initiative and to James Burke BL for leading this new initiative. Please have regard to the News and Events section for details of upcoming Webinars in 2020/21.

If any Member would like to become involved in the Webinars or would like to suggest a topic / issue that might benefit from exploration in a CBA Webinar please contact our colleague James Burke BL.



The CBA was delighted to host a special Christmas Lecture 2019/20 from Mr. Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, on the topic of ‘Housing Issues for Older People: No Room at the Inn?’, chaired by our former chairman and co-founder, the Honourable Mr. Justice Mark Sanfey.  Proceeds of the event went to fund ALONE’s vital work in supporting older people nationwide.  The CBA has continued to work with ALONE in support of its activities which include a network of 2,000 volunteers throughout Ireland who support its work by befriending, visiting and giving practical help to older people.  To meet the needs of our population in the next ten years, ALONE will need to grow this army of volunteers to 7,000.  If you can spare some of your time to volunteer in your community, please click this link Volunteering with ALONE to find out more.  If you are time-poor but want to help – please consider a once-off or a regular donation by clicking Donate to ALONE. 

Quick link to: The Codex

The Codex is a unique compendium of Irish Construction Law.  Access to the Members’ Section and the CBA Codex is a reserved benefit of membership of the CBA in good standing and is a sine qua non prior to online access.  Please contact Barra McCabe BL in relation to Membership of the CBA.  Current Members in good standing who are not yet registered for online access should follow the registration process set out at the bottom of this page and then email the Secretary to note their online access application.

Please note that online registration by other than Members in good standing will not be approved.


1. Register for Access to Members’ Only Content

Quick Link to: Register Now

Once your registration has been confirmed (there may be a brief pause between registration and confirmation) please click on the below link which will take you to the CBA Codex

Quick Link to: Members-Only Content

Membership Eligibility

Membership of the CBA is reserved to:-

  1. To any barrister who is a member of the Law Library;
  2. To any solicitor who is on the Roll of Solicitors;
  3. To any firm of solicitors;
  4. To any person who is elected by the Committee of the Association as an Honorary Member.

The Executive Committee of the CBA welcomes membership applications or renewals for the Legal Year 2018/2019 (please see below application forms or for more information or if you have any queries please contact the Secretary).

Membership Fees

Membership fees for 2019/2020 are now due (as and from 1 October 2019).

Application Forms

Extant members of the Association may renew their membership by returning a completed application form with the appropriate fee to The Construction Bar Association of Ireland, The Law Library Distillery Building, 145-151 Church Street, Dublin 7.

Former Members

The Honourable Ms. Justice Marie Baker

The Honourable Mr. Justice Brian Cregan

The Honourable Mr. Justice David Barniville

The Honourable Mr. Justice Denis McDonald

The Honourable Mr. Justice Senan Allen

The Honourable Mr. Justice Mark Sanfey