Picking up the Pieces when Building Goes Wrong | Construction Bar Association Annual Conference 2024

10 June 2024

The Construction Bar Association to mark its 10th annual conference open to all on Friday, 14th June.

14 June 2024 | 2:00 – 5:30 pm

The Construction Bar Association welcomes all to its 10th conference event, commencing 2 pm Friday, 14th June in the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. Attendees can expect a day filled with insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and invaluable knowledge-sharing sessions exploring updates in construction law, construction litigation and international arbitration.

Speakers & Panels

The conference will begin with a welcome address from Chair of the Construction Bar Association Lydia Bunni BL. Over the course of three panels, legal insights will be shared and topics will include international arbitration, litigation in Ireland and recent developments in construction law.

Panel 1: Building Defects & Recent Developments | Chairperson: His Honour Judge Gerard Meehan

  • Margaret Austin, Head of Construction Planning & Environmental Group, Addleshaw GoddardCollateral Warranties on Construction Projects
  • Alexandra Cowzer-Byrne BLRecent Developments in Construction Law
  • Reg Jackson SC Building Defects & Consumer Protection

Panel 2: International Arbitration | Chairperson: Cathy Smith SC

Panel 3: Construction Litigation & Arbitration in Ireland – Potential Reforms?

  • Keynote Speaker: Caren Geoghegan SC
  • The Hon. Mr. Justice David Barniville, President of the High Court
  • The Hon. Ms. Justice Nuala Butler, Court of Appeal
  • Paul Gallagher SC, former Attorney General

Speaking ahead of the event, Chair of the Construction Bar Association Lydia Bunni said,

The area of construction law is vital in Ireland for ensuring regulatory compliance, managing disputes and contracts, mitigating risks, and supporting economic growth. This year’s conference aims to highlight advancements in our sector by examining updates in building defects, the role of international arbitration in construction disputes and exploring areas for potential reform in construction litigation. We are excited to welcome all attendees and continue our tradition of providing excellence and thought leadership in the field of construction law.

Event Details

  • Date: 14 June
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Where: Dining Hall, The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin 7

The conference will be followed by a drinks reception in Entrance Hall, The Honorable Society of King’s Inns at 5:30 pm.