"Having obtained the Degree of Batchelor of Civil Law at University College Dublin in 1969, I qualified as a solicitor in December 1970.
Thereafter I practised as a solicitor for 32 years until my appointment as a High Court judge in July 2002. Indeed, I was the first practising solicitor to be appointed to the High Court bench. During those 32 years of practice, my work was principally in the area of general litigation, and in the final years with an emphasis on commercial litigation of all kinds.
As a judge in the High Court I presided over disputes of every kind, including many involving evidence given by expert witnesses. During my twelve years as a High Court judge between 2002 and 2014 I delivered over 400 written judgments.
In November 2014 I was among the first cohort of six judges appointed to the newly-established Court of Appeal. From that date until my retirement at the end of October 2019 I sat on a great number of appeals as the Court addressed a large backlog of appeals transferred from the Supreme Court under Article 64 of the Constitution, and wrote many of the Court’s judgments.
Since my retirement I have been acting as an arbitrator. I have been either nominated by the President of the Law Society, or agreed by the parties to disputes, to act as arbitrator in a wide variety of commercial disputes. I feel that my extensive judicial experience is valuable experience in my practice as an arbitrator since my retirement.
In addition I qualified as an accredited mediator (CEDR) in January 2020, and have since then acted mediator in a large number of disputes."
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