Biography

Patrick is a senior advocate of more than 22 years standing with specialist expertise in commercial litigation and international arbitration. Called to the Bars of Ireland and England & Wales, and a Senior Counsel in Ireland since 2013, he is an accredited lawyer and advocate before the DIFC Courts in Dubai. His practice focuses on international litigation and arbitration across the full range of corporate, commercial, financial services and regulatory matters.

Patrick has represented and acted for public and private entities across a broad spectrum of commercial and regulated activity. He has significant experience in multi-jurisdiction commercial litigation, in administrative, regulatory and investigations law, in insolvency and enforcement matters, in liability and indemnity aspects of complex construction and insurance disputes, and in comparative constitutional and administrative law.

Formerly a Legal Advisor at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, and former Lecturer in Law, University College Galway, Ireland, Patrick also previously worked as a legal advisor at the Law Reform Commission of Ireland and at the European Parliament, Luxembourg.

With significant comparative law experience in contentious matters, including in the UK, Spain, France and the UAE, he has advised, represented and acted in important landmark cases in Ireland and before the DIFC Courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

A CEDR accredited mediator since 2009, Patrick is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Patrick is a former Editor and Member of the Editorial Board of the Bar Review (Ireland) and contributes to conferences and seminars and has written and published on commercial and administrative law.

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Language(s)

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German

Education

1986 – BA (Mod) in Legal Science, Trinity College Dublin

1987 – Masters in Advanced European Law, College of Europe, Bruges

1993 – Barrister at Law, Hon. Society of King’s Inn, Dublin

2005 – Diploma in Management and Accounting, INSEAD

Admission

1993 – Call to Bar of Ireland

2009 – Accredited Mediator, Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR)

2013 – Patent of Precedence, Senior Counsel, Ireland

2015 – Call to Bar of England and Wales, Member of Gray’s Inn

2017 – Accredited Part 1 and Part 2 Legal Representative, DIFC

2018 – Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators