CBA Executive Committee 2021/2022

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(Back: Martin Waldron BL, Jonathan S. FitzGerald BL (Chair), 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, John Trainor SC.) 

Jonathan S. FitzGerald BL – Chair

imageJonathan holds primary and master degrees in law. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 2001 and as an Attorney-at-Law (NY) in 2004.  Jonathan was called to the Bar in 2005 and practices in commercial and chancery law and specialises in construction law.   Jonathan is a founding member and Chair of the Association.

Contact details: Jonathan S. FitzGerald


Patricia Hill BL – Vice-Chair

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. Patricia is Vice-chair of the CBA. 

Contact details: Patricia Hill BL



Barra McCabe BL – Secretary


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 is Secretary of the CBA.

Contact details: Barra McCabe BL


Lydia Bunni BL – Treasurer

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. Lydia is Treasurer of the CBA.

Contact details: Lydia Bunni


Anita Finucane BL 

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.

Contact details: Anita Finucane



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.  In concert with his practice at the Bar, Martin is a member of the Ministerial Panel of Adjudicators.  

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. John leads the Editorial Board of the CBA Construction Law Periodical. 

Contact details: John McDonagh SC


John Trainor SC 

John wJohn Trainoras 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 was Chairperson of the Association in 2018/2019.

Contact details: John Trainor


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. James leads the CBA Tech Talks Programme.  

Contact details: James Burke BL


Deirdre Ní Fhloinn BL

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 a PhD from Trinity College.  She lectures on both programmes in her areas of research. Deirdre is the coordinator of the CBA Christmas and Summer Lectures and the Sanfey Essay Prize. 

Contact details: Deirdre Ní Fhloinn BL

Claire Cummins BL 


Claire was called to the Bar in 2012.  She specialises in commercial, chancery matter and general common law.   

Contact details: Claire Cummins




Michael Judge BL

Michael, a graduate of TCD (LL.B) and Cambridge (LL.M), was called to the Bar in 2018. Michael is a member of the Editorial Board of the CBA Contraction Periodical and curates the Adjudication Codex Expansion.

Contact details: Michael Judge BL


Momento Mori – Past Members of the Executive Committee

The Honourable Mr. Justice Mark Sanfey – 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)


Gerard Meehan BL (2013 – 2019)