Welcome back to the New Normal

Where the exigencies of the Covid-19 pandemic have significantly 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 commencement of the legal year on 5 October 2020 (and further detailed in News and Events on this site).

As always, the Executive Committee actively welcome contributions and suggestions from our Members; so, please feel encouraged to contact the Secretary if you would like to get involved in the Association’s activities this year.

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

CBA Tech Talk Webinar Programme 2020/21

The Executive Committee of the CBA has placed an 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 providing vital technical and logistical support and to James Burke BL for leading this area of activity on behalf of the Association.  Please have regard to the News and Events section for details of upcoming Webinars in 2021.

The CBA  staged 6 CB Tech Talks online during Michaelmas 2020 addressing a diverse range of relevant issues, including expert evidence, the role of the employer’s representative, delay & disruption claims, jurisdiction challenges in construction arbitration and the judicial review of adjudication.  This ambitious programme was possible by reason of the extraordinary technical and general support provided by Aoife Kinnarney and Melissa Ndakengerwa of the Bar Council to the CBA and its presenters.

The schedule for Hilary 2021 will be announced on the Events page presently.

If any Member would like to become involved in the CBA Tech Talk Programme or would like to suggest a topic / issue that might benefit from exploration in a future webinar please contact your colleague James Burke BL.

CBA and the Young Bar

The support of more junior members is a key policy focus of the CBA which was imbedded by way of constitutional amendment passed at the July 2020 AGM providing that at least 2 of the members of the Executive Committee must be drawn from years 1 – 7.

By dint of nomenclature, culture and sector specific dispute resolution mechanisms and fora, establishing a practice in construction law can be daunting prospect for younger lawyers.  Our colleague Anita Finucane BL, in addition to being a member of the Bar Council and the head of its Young Bar Committee, leads the CBA subcommittee dedicated to assisting newer members of the CBA.

Please see click on the following link to view Anita’s Address to the New Practitioners 2020/21 which provides a useful summary of the CBA’s activities.  If you have any queries or would like to discuss becoming involved in the Association’s activities please do hesitate to contact Anita.


CBA Periodical 2020/21

The CBA produces the CBA Construction Law Periodical 3 times per annum which details new and relevant construction law jurisprudence (both domestic and drawn from other common law / model law jurisdictions). The Periodical, edited by John McDonagh SC and Michael Judge BL, is published both online and in hard copy format and is widely distributed in the legal community.  If you are interested in providing a case-note for publication in the Periodical, please contact our colleague Michael Judge BL.

CBA Construction Law Essay Competition 2020/21

The CBA has determined to launch a new CBA Construction Law Essay Prize this year.    The newly formed CBA subcommittee is lead by John Trainor SC, Patricia Hill BLClaire Cummins BL and Deirdre Ni Fhlionn BL.  The competition shall be launched in January 2020 with prize giving to take place prior to the end of the legal year 2021.

Codex Construction – Adjudication

The CBA has decided to build an extension to its Codex focused specifically on Adjudication.  This new sub-Library shall house relevant jurisprudence, articles and tools specific to this emergent area of construction dispute resolution in Ireland.  Similar to the extant Codex, this unique intellectual resource shall be a reserved benefit of Members and is scheduled to go live in February 2021.

CBA Government and Regulatory

The CBA was a designated stakeholder in the roll out of Adjudication in Ireland by way of the Construction Contracts Act, 2013.  It remains a core function of the CBA on behalf of its Members to liaise with Government and bodies involved in the administration of justice to assist positively in reform specifically as it connects with construction law and construction dispute resolution.



Covid-19 is not an equal opportunity aggressor and has impacted the lives of our seniors more profoundly that other sectors of our community. 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.  The Codex consists of in excess of 100 papers and recorded lectures concerning a variety of discrete topics relevant to Irish construction law and practice.  The Codex is undergoing an extension during 2020/21 to house a new Adjudication Library which shall go live in January 2021.

Access to the Members’ Section and the CBA Codex is a reserved benefit of membership of the CBA in good standing.  Membership is a sine qua non prior to online access.  Please contact the Secretary, 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 non-Members will not be approved.


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 2020/2021 (please see below application forms or for more information or if you have any queries in relation to Membership, again please contact the Secretary).

Membership fees for 2020/2021 are now due (as and from 1 September 2020).  The Executive Committee has determined that Membership Fees should remain unchanged during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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 or by emailing a copy to the Secretary and transferring the (modest) annual subscription fee by EFT online.

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