Sara Phelan

Member of the Inner Bar

  • Junior Counsel: 1996
  • Senior Counsel: 2013

B.Sc. (Pharm), TCD 1988, Prof Dip Prof Reg, UCD 2019, Prof Dip Arbitration, UCD 2020, Accredited Mediator (CEDR), Arbitrator (FCIArb), Certificate in Advanced Negotiation (CEDR), Harvard PON Global

Areas of Practice:
  • Administrative Law
  • Criminal
  • Family Law
  • General Common Law
  • General Practice
  • Judicial Review
  • Tort & Personal Injury Law
Sara Phelan
Accrediting Body: Bar Council Courses, CEDR
Accrediting Body: Prof Dip Arbitration (UCD, 2020) Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)

South Eastern
Bar of England & Wales
Other Memberships:
Arbitration Ireland
CEDR International Mediator Panel
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Employment Bar Association
Family Lawyers Association of Ireland
GEMME (Associate Member)
Irish Criminal Bar Association
Irish Women Lawyers Association
Mediators Institute of Ireland
Probate Bar Association
Professional Regulatory and Disciplinary Bar Association
Direct Professional Access:
Not provided

Sara Phelan is a Senior Counsel with a broad breadth of practice areas, primarily in the Superior Courts.

Sara was called to the Bar in 1996, having previously qualified (TCD, 1988) and practised as a pharmacist for a number of years.  She took silk (became a Senior Counsel and Member of the Inner Bar) in 2013.  In 2019, Sara was admitted to the Bar of England & Wales and is a member of Middle Temple.

As Junior Counsel, Sara practised primarily on the South Eastern Circuit and, since taking silk in 2013, has a broad legal practice, including personal injury law, crime, child/family law and judicial review/non-jury, with further interests in chancery, probate and mental health matters.  Sara is also a qualified Mediator (CEDR) and Arbitrator (FCIArb).

Sara is an elected member of the Bar Council of Ireland (since 2019) and is Chair of the Bar of Ireland Professional Practices Committee, having previously chaired the Arbitration & ADR Committee (2019/20).  Sara also chairs the Law & Women Mentoring Programme (under the auspices of the Equality & Resilience Committee), and she is a member of various other Bar Council Committees and the Council of King’s Inns.  Sara is a faculty member of the Bar of Ireland Advanced Advocacy Programme and is a Mental Health Tribunal Chairperson (since 2016).


087-239 3373
Law Library Four Courts Dublin 7 DX: 810184
27010 Kilkenny

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