Into the West and Building on Success | Tort and Insurance Bar Association Conference 2024

24 April 2024

To mark their second-annual conference, the Tort and Insurance Bar Association (TIBA) will welcome members to the West of Ireland for the day, bringing together voices of the judiciary and legal experts in litigation and dispute resolution.

26 April 2024 | 6 – 8 pm

The Tort and Insurance Bar Association is pleased to be hosting their annual conference on Saturday, 27 April at the Letterfrack and Renvyle Hotel in Connemara, Galway. Members can expect a day filled with insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and invaluable knowledge-sharing sessions.


The conference will commence with legal insights shared by members of The Bar of Ireland, including Chair of The Bar of Ireland, Sara Phelan SC and Rossa Fanning SC, Attorney General.

  • Jeremy Maher SC will delve into the topic of damages, providing insights into developments over the past three years since the issuance of judicial guidelines.
  • Eoin McCullough SC will discuss recent developments in nervous shock cases, shedding light on important legal nuances in this area.
  • Martin Canny BL will discuss the intersection of business interruption and Covid-19 losses, offering analysis and potential legal strategies in navigation post-pandemic.
  • Mark Tottenham BL will address the subject of expert evidence, exploring proposed reforms and their implications for legal proceedings.
  • Aran Grealish BL will examine the liability of unincorporated associations towards their members, providing valuable insights into this often overlooked aspect of tort law.

In addition to presentations provided by TIBA committee members, voices of the judiciary will offer their expertise, with The Hon Ms Justice Mary Faherty, Judge of the Court of Appeal, moderating the morning session and The Hon Ms Justice Mary Rose Gearty, Judge of the High Court, leading the afternoon discussions. Judge Deirdre Gearty, Judge of the District Court will speak to Practice & Procedure and Tort/ PI in the District Court.

Conference attendees will also hear from:

  • The Hon Ms Justice Marie Baker, Judge of the Supreme Court
  • The Hon Ms Justice Mary Faherty, Judge of the Court of Appeal 
  • The Hon Ms Justice Mary Rose Gearty, Judge of the High Court 
  • Her Honour Judge Helen Boyle, Judge of the Circuit Court

Speaking ahead of the event, Chair of the Tort and Insurance Bar Association Maura McNally SC said,

We are delighted to host our second annual conference in the breathtaking surroundings of Connemara, Galway and look forward to providing an excellent platform for members to exchange ideas and learn from experts in the field of practice and hear from members of the judiciary.

By advancing conversations and shared perspectives in tort and insurance practice, we contribute to the vindication of rights and our confidence in our system of administration of justice.

Event Details

The conference will be followed by dinner Renvyle House Hotel at 8:15 pm.

Additional Information

Accommodation available at Renvyle House Hotel & please mention that you are booking as part of the TIBA conference when you contact reception (095-46100 / The hotel are offering a rate of €275 per person on the basis of 2 nights Bed and Breakfast & 1 Evening Meal package.