Aoife qualified as a barrister in 2007 and achieved certification with the Mediators Institute of Ireland in 2013. She co-mediates in the areas of family, employment and commercial disputes and is trained in conducting workplace investigations. She is interested in resolving the issues at the core of a dispute outside of the adversarial legal system where possible due to the significant costs, time and exacerbation of conflict involved. She has recently undertaken further training in psychology at Trinity College Dublin to better understand the psychological factors operating in conflict dynamics. She also has an interest in restorative justice and voluntarily assisted Mr Justice Quirke during this process at the Magdalen Commission in 2013.
Mobile: 086 076 6235
Audrey Byrne is a solicitor who practices in commercial litigation. Audrey trained as a mediator in 2009 and has wide ranging experience in mediating all kinds of disputes, ranging from large scale litigation to family affairs.
mobile: 086 1709209
direct: 01 6119125
Eugene Davy is a solicitor specialised in family law. With an expertise extending to over 30 years, he has been involved in many of the leading family law cases. Eugene is a Partner in Hayes Solicitors (Dublin) and Head of its Family Law Department.
Eugene’s experience has made him very aware that the adversarial legal process can cause serious personal damage to individuals and to interpersonal relationships. Over recent years he has been to the forefront of developing alternative approaches to resolving family law disputes, so that the couple involved can go through the process in a dignified and cost-effective manner which is furthermore conducive to a harmonious relationship with one another, particularly in the context of their children and extended families. Eugene’s interest in alternative ways of resolving family law disputes led to his interest in Mediation.
Eugene is a graduate of University College Dublin, where he studied Law and Social Science.
He is accredited as a Mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), London.
mobile: 087 242 0710
direct: 01 6030167
Fergus is an experienced mediator. His work divides as between cases that relate to business and financial affairs and conflicts where the individual human dimension is more to the fore.
He has successfully mediated cases involving
• business and financial issues
• family and interpersonal disputes
• partnership and shareholder disputes
• employment and pensions
• harassment and abuse.
In the business arena he has worked with major concerns in the corporate sector as well as small and medium sized entities and individual entrepreneurs.
Mediations he has conducted involving private individuals have concerned consequences of breakdown of relationships, property, neighbourhood and planning issues.
He also has experience in working on conflicts within or with voluntary, charitable and religious bodies.
He is a founder member of ONE~resolve, having been accredited by the CEDR organisation in 2002. He is a contributing lecturer on the Law society Training course for mediators.
His previous career was that of a solicitor. He worked in the Semi-State environment as legal adviser to Aer Lingus, and then joined McCann FitzGerald, where he served as partner and chairman. He served eight years as a member of the RTE board.
He is a graduate of University College Dublin and of Harvard Law School.
Relevant Courses attended:
Centre for Effective Resolution (CEDR), London
– accreditation as a mediator
Mediation and Training Alternatives (MATA), London
– master classes
– advanced mediator training
Institute of Pyschosynthesis and Transpersonal Theory, Dublin
mobile: 086 242 8540
Gerry delivers professional mediation training and provides a mediation service through her company O’Sullivan Solutions (www.osullivansolutions.ie). She has been working in the area of facilitation and conflict for nearly 30 years.
Gerry is certified in organizational and workplace mediation, community mediation, civil and commercial mediation and in separating couples mediation. Her expertise is in working with disputes with a high emotional content, such as clerical sexual abuse, medical negligence, family and community disputes.
Mediation Training Delivery
Gerry has delivered conflict and mediation training internationally with Lawyers Without Borders, in partnership with the director of training from CEDR, and she is also an externally employed trainer with CEDR U.K. She was involved in the development of the mediation programme to be delivered through the faculty of law in Griffith College and is a senior lecturer on that programme and has also delivered mediation training for the University of Limerick’s, “Masters in Peace and Development” programme. She delivers MII accredited and certified mediation training on a twice-yearly basis – www.osullivansolutions.ie
Community and Voluntary Sector
Gerry has worked for nearly 30 years in the community and voluntary sector as a consultant, a researcher and a facilitator undertaking contracts for the development, implementation and evaluation of projects. Her contacts have come from government departments, local authorities, statutory agencies and community projects and have included a wide range of social exclusion such disability, asylum seekers, lesbian/gay projects, Traveller organisations etc.
Gerry has volunteered in Israel/Palestine, Cuba, Serbia and Northern Ireland. She trained in “Systemic Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation and Post-War Recovery and Reconciliation” with the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) and is she is now an associate with their Department of Peace Operations (DPO). She has trained in Inter-Community Mediation in Post-Conflict countries and in the Evaluation and Assessment of Peace Interventions
Hannah Carney is a solicitor, an independent business consultant and a mediator. She has 15 years experience in the professional and corporate world and was a Partner with McCann FitzGerald.
Hannah was admitted to practise law in Ireland in 1992 and in NSW Australia, in 1996. She practised as a commercial litigator in both jurisdictions. Hannah became interested in mediation in Australia where she saw the mediation process being successfully utilised to resolve a number of significant and difficult disputes.
Hannah moved into the world of professional and leadership development in 2001. She founded Hannah Carney and Associates in 2007 to offer individual and organisational development interventions, through a range of coaching, facilitated strategic planning; and, skills development workshops and offerings.
Hannah is accredited as a Mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, London (CEDR). She is also an accredited Business and Executive Coach and a qualified user of the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) leadership profiling tool, which she uses in her work with individuals and groups.
Hannah speaks regularly in the Law Society of Ireland and has developed a number of training initiatives for the Law Society.
mobile: 085 756 64 74
direct: 01 853 59 55
Judith offers mediation for disputes with a highly emotional component. Her previous working experience has been in the area of visual communication and localization for several renowned companies, translation and language teaching (Trinity College Dublin), and in running her own business. She now works as an intercultural communication consultant (www.crosscultural-communication.com).
She speaks fluent German, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French. She is particularly interested in disputes that involve parties of different nationalities and, more generally, conflicts of intercultural nature. Having lived in a variety of countries in Latin America and Europe, and worked with clients from different nationalities, including Japanese, she is very aware of the propensities for dispute and misunderstanding that arise due to cultural differences and linguistic barriers. She strongly believes in the benefit of offering parties in conflict the possibility to express themselves in their own language, and of being understood in terms of the worldview and values they hold due to their cultural background. She has published on psycholinguistic factors that affect people in cross-cultural conflict situations.
Judith is accredited by the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology in Regent’s College, London. Through the knowledge she has gained as to emotional and psychological factors, and having attended several stillness courses, she believes in the importance of presence and healing when dealing with conflict. Her work in facilitating communication between parties involves creative approaches.
She has a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies.
She is a board member as well as member of the expert panel for Intercultural Mediation at the Austrian Mediation Association (ÖBM).
Since 2014 she is a member of the European Cultural Parliament.
Her personal interests lie in travelling, music and art, and she is a great nature and animal lover.
Mary Gleeson is a Solicitor with more than 30 years experience practicing in Financial Services. In her former role, she focussed on legal and regulatory governance and provided strategic advice in relation to resolution of disputes and risk management. She understands the need to resolve issues in a timely and effective manner. She is a trained mediator and co-mediates in the area of commercial, family and community disputes. You may contact her directly at contact:
Muriel Walls is a solicitor specialising in family law with over thirty years experience. Muriel has been involved in many leading cases and is a recognised expert. She was a partner in one of Ireland’s leading law firms, McCann FitzGerald, for twenty years and is now a partner in Walls and Toomey, a niche family law practice.
Muriel understands the emotional turmoil of relationship breakdown and the impact this can have on the clients themselves, their children, extended family, colleagues and work life. Muriel has dealt with all kinds of family law cases over the years, giving her deep insight into the dynamics at play in a wide variety of situations.
Separating couples need good legal advice but they do not always need to litigate matters in Court. Solutions can be found in most cases and they are usually the best for the family. Because Muriel is solution driven in her day to day practice, this led her to exploring alternative dispute resolutions procedures. Muriel championed Collaborative Practice in Ireland, being the first lawyer in Ireland to have trained in this area in 2004.
As a practising family lawyer, Muriel understands that trust and confidence between solicitor and client are essential and, in her mediation practice, she works with the clients themselves and, if agreed, their lawyers to help them achieve a result that suits their particular circumstances. The process, while challenging, offers separating couples a confidential, flexible, effective and efficient way to agree what is best for them and their family.
Muriel is a graduate of UCD (1975) and was admitted as a solicitor in 1977. She is a CEDR accredited mediator and also a family mediator. She is a keen golfer and Munster rugby supporter.
mobile: 086 230 6253
direct: 01 485 2880
Pearse is principal solicitor with Pearse Mehigan & Co. Solicitors (http://pearsemehigan.com) with over 30 years’ experience of practice. He has acted for a number of the country’s leading insurers and, more recently, has been involved in representing victims of sexual abuse. Pearse is a CEDR-accredited mediator and has successfully brought resolution to a number of difficult and challenging cases involving victims of childhood sexual abuse.