James Bridgeman SC

Call: 1989 (Bar of Ireland)  Silk: 2010 (Bar of England and Wales) 2017 (Inner Bar Ireland)

Practice Summary

James Bridgeman SC, FCIArb, C Arb, is the President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2018).

He is a practicing Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator and certified mediator, holding practicing certificates as Barrister both in Ireland and in England and Wales and has been granted a patent of precedence by the Government of Ireland. His practice, with a focus on civil and commercial litigation, international arbitration and ADR is based at the Law Library Dublin and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, London.

He has received appointments in international disputes from a number of institutions including WIPO (Geneva), ICC (Paris), CIArb (London), NAF (Minneapolis, MN) CAC (Prague), KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur). He was designated by the Government of Ireland to serve as a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators and conciliators 2012-2018.

In 2010 he was appointed by DG Justice of the EU Commission to the expert group advising on the revision of the Brussels 1 Regulation and arbitration. In August 2014 he was appointed by the Central Bank of Ireland as a member of the quasi-judicial panel to carry out investigations of regulated entities under the Administrative Sanctions Procedure. In November 2014 he was appointed by the Council of the EU as a member of the panel of 15 arbitrators for the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Korea (Council Decision 2014/794/EU).

He is a member of the accredited training faculty of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 2018 he was a member of the faculty of the Accelerated Route to Fellowship of the CIArb hosted by the North American Branch in Washington DC and by the Canada Branch in Toronto.

His recent publications relating to international arbitration include:

  • Bridgeman, James: The UNCITRAL Transparency Rules 2014 for Investor State Dispute Settlement and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations. ADR and Arbitration Review. Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 58. November 2015 (ISSN 2009-3276)
  • Bridgeman, James: Chapter V in Arbitration of International Intellectual Property Disputes Thomas Halkett ed. Juris Publishing Inc. New York. May 2012 (ISBN:978-1-933833-67-5)
  • Bridgeman, James: Arbitration or the Commercial Court? End Game Resolution of Intellectual Property Disputes in Ireland. ARBITRATION Vol 76. No. 4 (2010) 626
  • Bridgeman, James: The Arbitrability of Competition Law Disputes 19 European Business Law Review 147-174 (2008)

Since 2007 he has each year organised and hosted the annual Dublin Forum on International Commercial Dispute Resolution – a high level discussion of topical issues by leading practitioners under Chatham House Rule.

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James Bridgeman SC, FCIArb, C Arb. Has been awarded a Diploma in Arbitration, Diploma in International Arbitration and Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has served for over 20 years as advocate and arbitrator in international and domestic arbitration. He has served as an officer of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators almost continuously for 25 years as committee member, Chair of the Irish Branch, Trustee and global President in 2018.


Since 1992 he has been regularly appointed arbitrator in domestic and international disputes by party selection and institutions in disputes including commercial contracts, insurance, construction and intellectual property.

Mediation & ADR

James Bridgeman SC, FCIArb, C Arb is a certified mediator. He acts as mediator and as counsel in ADR processes. He has been actively engaged in promoting the use of mediation for over twenty years and has signed the WIPO ADR Pledge. He is a member of a number of mediator panels including the WIPO panel and the UK Intellectual Property Office panel of mediators.

In the 1990s he served as a member of the Council of the Mediators Institute of Ireland including as the Vice-Chair. He is a member of the ADR Panel of the Bar Council of England & Wales and a member of the ADR Committee of the Bar Council of Ireland. He is a member of the accredited ADR training faculty of the Chartered Institute of Ireland.


His recent published articles include Bridgeman, James: Chapter 5 Ireland. IBA e-book Promoting Further Mediation. International Bar Association, London. 2015(ISBN 978-0-948711-37-4)


James Bridgeman SC, FCIArb, C Arb acts as advocate in litigation and arbitration, arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator of construction disputes. He is both a graduate and a member of the faculty of the Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration Trinity College Dublin on which he lectures in the law of evidence. He is a member of the panel of arbitrators of the Construction Industry Federation (Ireland) and a member of the Ministerial panel of construction adjudicators established by the Construction Contracts Act 2013.

Regulatory & Disciplinary

James Bridgeman SC, FCIArb, C Arb: Regulatory and other statutory tribunals are an increasingly significant part of his practice. He is a member of the Property Services Appeal Board (Ireland),currently in his second term. This is a ministerial appointment to the board which hears appeals from the Property Services Authority which is charged with the oversight of professionals providing property services. He is a member of the CPA Ireland Disciplinary Board, a member of the Preliminary Proceedings Committee of the Pharmacy Regulator (Ireland). He regularly serves as a Chair of Mental Health Tribunals established to review the involuntary admission of psychiatric patients.


He is a member of the Inquiry Panel appointed by the Central Bank of Ireland
pursuant to Part IIIC of the Central Bank Act, 1942

Media & IP

James Bridgeman SC, FCIArb, C Arb: Before entering into private practice at the Bar he qualified as an Irish Trade Marks Agent in 1992. He has since maintained an active practice in intellectual property litigation. His current High Court litigation caseload includes proceedings relating to performers’ rights including issues of EU law and public international law/international treaties and copyright infringement proceedings.

He has been an intellectual property arbitrator for over 20 years and has served as a panellist in over 400 disputes under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy and ICANN procedures for new gTLDs with appointments by WIPO, the International Chamber of Commerce, the National Arbitration Forum, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centre (now AIAC), Nominet UK and the Prague Arbitration Centre.


His advisory practice includes commercial contracts relating to innovation, research and licensing. He represented the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on the Lambert Group. He has advised the Government of Ireland and Irish local government on patent, copyright and trademarks issues.

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