Members’ Area



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 April 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.

The Sanfey Essay Prize 2021

The committee of the Construction Bar Association is pleased to announce its inaugural essay competition, named in honour of one of the founders of the Association, Mr. Justice Mark Sanfey. The competition is open to all disciplines, including practitioners and academics, and the committee would particularly welcome entries from third-level and postgraduate students of the various programmes on construction law and practice in Ireland.

Essay topics should relate to construction law.  Possible topics could be drawn from standard form contracts, performance securities, insurance, forms of dispute resolution in construction, issues arising in practice, and legal issues considered in recent caselaw, whether of the Irish courts or internationally. The judging panel will be appointed by the CBA committee and will be chaired by our esteemed member, Anthony Hussey, formerly a Partner in Hussey Fraser, and now of Anthony Hussey ADR Limited.

The winner of the First Prize will be awarded €1,000, and will be invited to present their paper at a meeting of the Construction Bar Association.

The panel will also award a Second Prize of €500, and will present the authors of up to two papers recognised as ‘Highly Commended’ with a copy of Anthony Hussey’s Construction Adjudication in Ireland.

The authors of winning and highly commended entries will be invited to submit summaries of their papers for the CBA Periodical, with the full papers to be published in the CBA Codex of papers delivered at CBA Annual Conferences and Tech Talks.

The Judging Panel will allocate marks as follows:

  • 40% of the marks will be allocated in respect of the topic and themes considered in the paper, in terms of range, relevance, originality and relevance to law and/or practice;
  • 40% of the marks will be allocated in respect of the quality and depth of the analysis and discussion of the topic;
  • 20% will be allocated in respect of presentation, clarity of language used, structure, citation and referencing.  Entrants should follow the OSCOLA citation style for any referencing and citations.

Entries must be original and not previously published in any format.  The award of prizes or commendations is at the discretion of the CBA through its Judging Panel.  Entries must not exceed 5,000 words (excluding footnotes).  Entrants should not put their names (or their firm’s name) anywhere on their entry.  Entries should be in pdf format, sent by email to , with the subject line ‘CBA Essay Competition’, no later than 5pm on Friday, 4 June 2021, and with the author’s name and telephone number in the body of the email.


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 Association is particularly grateful to the Bar Council in providing vital technical and logistical support and to our colleague, James Burke BL, for leading this area of activity on behalf of the Association.  Please see the News and Events section for details of upcoming Webinars in 2021.

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 our 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.

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 increasingly emergent area of construction dispute resolution in Ireland.  This iniative shall add further value to the Codex (a reserved benefit of Members) and is scheduled to go live in March 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. 


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