The Bar of Ireland is home to a number of Specialist Bar Associations, each a vibrant hub of activity that facilitates the exchange and advance of specialist knowledge and expertise through conferences, seminars, papers and periodicals; promoting The Bar of Ireland as a specialist provider of advocacy and legal advice services across a range of practice areas.
Professional Regulatory and Disciplinary Bar Association (PRDBA)
The PRDBA is a specialist bar association for Irish barristers who practice before professional regulatory tribunals (such as the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and the Fitness to Practise Committee of the Medical Council) and who are interested in professional regulatory and disciplinary law. For further information, the PRDBA website can be found here.
Construction Bar Association (CBA)
The Construction Bar Association of Ireland (CBA) is a specialist association of Irish lawyers who practise in or have an interest in construction law and the resolution of disputes in the sector. The CBA seeks to advance the state of knowledge of Irish construction law through its regular Technical Talks Programme, the CBA Construction Law Periodical, the Annual CBA Construction Law Conference and ad hoc briefings to Members on hot topics as they arise during the legal year. For further information, the CBA website can be found here.
Employment Bar Association (EBA)
The Employment Bar Association (EBA) is an association of Senior and Junior Counsel who are members of the Bar of Ireland. We specialise in employment, equality and labour law in litigation and in advising and supporting employers and employees in resolving workplace disputes. We are Lawyers, Litigators and Certified Mediators who specialise in employment and workplace law. We also conduct Workplace Investigations, draft Legal Opinions on workplace employment law questions and advise and negotiate for employers and employees. For further information, the EBA website can be found here.
The Family Lawyers Association
The Family Lawyers Association of Ireland was founded in 1987 and has now grown to be the largest Association of its kind in Great Britain and Ireland. Ordinary membership is open to all practising Solicitors and Barristers, whilst Associate Membership is open to other professionals working in the wider area of Family Law. With its principal offices in Dublin, the Association also has a dynamic branch based in Cork. Both branches are active in the field of legal education; law reform; dialogue between practitioners and Court users; and lively social events, both within Ireland and beyond. For further information, the Family Lawyer's Association of Ireland website can be found here.
The Irish Criminal Bar Association
The Irish Criminal Bar Association is a representative body for Irish barristers who practice in the criminal courts. Their aim is to be a voice for criminal barristers on issues specific to the criminal bar. They aim provide relevant Continuing Professional Development seminars, information and public events to better inform the criminal practitioner and wider public of the criminal law. For further information, ICBA website can be found here.
EU Bar Association
The EU Bar Association is a specialist bar association for Irish barristers who practise in the area of EU Law. It was established in December 2016 with the purpose of providing a forum for barristers who practise or possess expertise in the area of EU law or who would wish to develop such practice or expertise. For further information, EUBA website can be found here.
Sports Law Bar Association (SLBA)
The Sports Law Bar Association of Ireland is an all-Ireland association of barristers with specialist sports law knowledge and practices. It aims to increase awareness of sports law and support barristers in providing the most up-to-date advice to sports law clients. For more information or to contact the Sports Law Bar Association please click here
Planning Environment Local Government Bar Association (PELGBA)
The Planning Environment Local Government Bar Association (PELGBA) is a specialist association of Irish lawyers who practise in or have an interest in the areas of planning, the environment and local government. For more information or to contact the Planning, Environmental, and Local Government Bar Association please click here.
Immigration Asylum and Citizenship Bar Association
The Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship Bar Association (IACBA) is an association of barristers who are members of the Bar of Ireland specialising in immigration (including EU free movement of persons), asylum and citizenship law, in addition to related areas such as employment permits, family reunification and trafficking in human persons. Their aim is to provide relevant continuing professional development seminars, information and public events to better inform barristers and the wider public of these areas of law. For more information or to contact the Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship Bar Association please click here.
Probate Bar Association
The Probate Bar Association (PBA) is a specialist association of Irish lawyers who practise in or have an interest in the matter of probate. New association website coming soon.