Practice Summary

Arran is an experienced barrister, adjudicator, arbitrator and mediator. He is called in London (2007), Belfast (2006) and Dublin (2003), has rights of audience in the Courts of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”) (2020), registered in the Falkland Islands and at the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Courts (2020). Arran is also based at the Law Library, Dublin. His practice includes advocacy, drafting statements of case, contractual documents and advising on commercial, chancery, construction, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and international matters. Arran is a member of a number of London based legal/construction and/or ADR committees including the Council of the Society of Construction Law, Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the committee of the Adjudication Society.

Arran has been recognised for his work as counsel with a number of awards including from Finance Monthly. He is comfortable working for a range of clients from individual litigants to large businesses. Arran looks to help clients effectively resolve disputes where appropriate making use of Alternative Dispute Resolution processes. He regularly works to tight timelines to help best progress disputes.

Aside from his core professional work Arran enjoys writing and speaking on legal issues. He is the co-author of 3 editions of Arbitration Law (Round Hall, Dublin 2008, 2014 and 2018. He also co-edits the Construction, Engineering and Energy Law Journal of Ireland. Arran has significant experience lecturing in a range of legal subjects including but not limited to arbitration. He is a visiting professor at the School of Business and Law in Lahore.

Arran is an accredited mediator. He recently acted as mediator in a dispute between a bank and a defaulting borrower.

Arran is an experienced arbitrator and counsel for both domestic and international arbitration disputes. He is a member of a number of British, Irish and international arbitration panels. As arbitrator he has been listed in Global Arbitration Review's Arbitrator Research Tool. Arran is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Board of Trustees (2017-2024) and was formally a member of the CIArb's Board of Management (2013-2015). He frequently writes and speaks on international arbitration. At the end of 2020 he was a speaker at Dubai Arbitration Week. Arran is a former consultant to the Council of Europe providing training in arbitration in Armenia. He has also lectured on this topic in Pakistan aside from very considerable lecturing and training in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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Commercial & Chancery

Arran has a broad background in most areas of Commercial & Chancery including breach of contract/contractual disputes, sale of goods, intellectual property, company law, retail, traditional chancery, and dispute resolution. He has a strong commercial awareness and an understanding of the business needs of clients. Arran has particular expertise in construction disputes.

Aside from his practice in this area of law he is a member of the Council of the Society of Construction Law. He is also a part time lecturer on Robert Gordon University's LL.M in Construction Law & Arbitration a postgraduate degree course which has been recognised as one of the top 5 master's degrees in construction law in the world.

Planning & Environment

Arran has been instructed in relation to significant Compulsory Purchase Order cases.

Property & Housing

Arran has considerable experience as an ADR neutral dealing with disputes between landlords and tenants over the operation of residential tenancies and the standard of accommodation provided by landlords. He has, as counsel, been instructed by commercial tenants
involved in rent review arbitrations.

Regulatory, Professional Discipline & Business Crime

Arran accepts instructions in all areas of regulatory law relating to chambers’ core practice areas. He is particularly familiar with the core issues arising in professional
negligence claims against advisors such as solicitors and tax advisors. As part of his practice as counsel and arbitrator in sports law cases he regularly writes on the topic having recently contributed to Lexis PSL & MENA Business Law Review.


Advising in relation to local authorities’ duties to make provision for special educational needs and as needed appearing for them in the SEND Tribunal.

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