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Chaired by Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan, Advocate General European Court of Justice

Hosted  by Holmes O’Malley Sexton – Harry Fehily

Members/Specialists  €330 (£290 plus VAT) Full price €400 (£355 plus VAT)

This PNLA annual conference is suitable for lawyers and other professionals seeking an update in  professional negligence and liability law and practice.




Chair Mr Justice Gerard Hogan Advocate General European Court of Justice
Hosted by Harry Fehily Holmes O'Malley Sexton
Rossa Fanning SC
Declan O’Rourke AIG Europe DAC
Kelley Smith BL
Simon Wilton Hailsham Chambers
Damian Kilpatrick Managing Director, Aon Ireland
Michael Davis Director of Financial & Professional Services, Aon Ireland
Michael Carrigan Holmes O’Malley Sexton
Tony Reddy Reddy Architecture + Urbanism

This PNLA annual conference is suitable for lawyers and other professionals seeking an update in professional negligence and liability law and practice.

Eminent speakers drawn from a range of perspectives will provide guidance and insights about recent developments and the trends moving forward. Topics will include a general legal update, also an update from England & Wales, construction focus from a legal and expert perspective and indemnity insurance perspectives from insurers AIG and brokers Aon.

0830–0900   Registration and Refreshments

0900–0905   Introduction from Harry Fehily, Senior Partner, Holmes O’Malley Sexton

Harry Fehily is the Managing Partner and practises in the litigation department. Having joined the firm in 1986, he has extensive experience of advising clients across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters with an emphasis on commercial litigation, professional negligence, property related disputes and shareholders’ disputes. Harry also advises on public administrative law as it relates to state bodies, disputes and investigations concerning public bodies, judicial review, employment law disputes particularly as they impact on the board and chief executives of companies, contentious issues as they impact on environmental law, planning law and health and safety law. Since 2004 he has practiced extensively in the Commercial Court (a commercial division of the High Court) and is vastly experienced in dealing with cases in this venue.

0905–0915   Chairman’s Opening Remarks  –  Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan, Advocate General European Court of Justice

Mr Justice Hogan graduated in law from University College Dublin (LL.M., 1981); Doctor of Laws, University College Dublin (LL.D., 1997); degree in law at the University of Pennsylvania (LL.M., 1982); Barrister-at-Law, Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin (1984); doctorate in law at Trinity College Dublin (Ph.D., 2001); law lecturer at Trinity College Dublin (1982-2007); Junior Counsel at the Bar of Ireland (1987-97); Senior Counsel at the Bar of Ireland (1997-2010); Judge at the High Court of Ireland (2010-14); Judge at the Court of Appeal of Ireland (2014-18); author of numerous publications; Advocate General at the Court of Justice since 8 October 2018.

0915–1000   “Does Ireland have a “claims culture” problem?” – Rossa Fanning SC

Rossa Fanning is a Senior Counsel practising in Dublin in the field of civil and commercial litigation.  He has extensive experience of advising and acting in professional negligence claims against solicitors, barristers, auditors, insurance brokers, financial advisers and construction professionals.

1000–1045   “General Insurance Market Update”

Declan O’Rourke, General Manager, Ireland at AIG Europe DAC

Mr. Declan O’Rourke serves as General Manager for AIG in Ireland. Mr. O’Rourke has worked at AIG since 1993 in various roles based in London, New York and Dublin. He has a wide range of management experience at AIG in audit, finance, financial lines insurance, commercial lines insurance, distribution and general management. He is a Chartered Accountant and previously worked with PWC from 1989 to 1993.

1045–1100   Questions & discussion

1100–1115     Refreshments

1115–1200    “Professional Negligence Update” –  Kelley Smith BL

Kelley Smith BL is a practising barrister specialising in civil and commercial law. Prior to commencing practice as a barrister, she worked for a Big Four accountancy firm. Kelley has significant experience in the area of professional negligence in the context of construction, financial, accounting and legal professionals.

1200–1245   “The England & Wales Perspective” – Simon Wilton – Hailsham Chambers

Simon is a highly experienced junior barrister specialising in professional negligence, professional regulatory matters, and commercial disputes particularly in the insurance field. He has wide experience of interlocutory, trial and appellate advocacy, arbitration work, and all kinds of alternative dispute resolution. Since 2016 Simon has been head of the Professional Negligence Group at Hailsham Chambers.

“He offers a technically brilliant, commercial approach and he’s excellent with clients, as well as robust in court” “A very solid performer. He really understands his cases and he’s very thorough and effective.” Chambers UK 2018

12.45-13.00 Questions and discussion session

1300–1400 Lunch

1400–1430    “Markets Update” from Aon Ireland

Damian Kilpatrick Managing Director & Michael Davis Director of Financial & Professional Services

Damian Kilpatrick has over two decades of experience in insurance broking with particular emphasis on the implementation and servicing of insurance programmes for large national and international organisations (Global Inward and Outward). He maintains strong experience in the design and placement of Construction, Property, Business Interruption and Liability policy wordings to reflect the complex risk needs of various organisations. He has worked on the placement and servicing of a number of large Construction and Operational Projects in both Private and Public Sector including Public Private Partnerships and PFI, nationally and internationally.

Michael Davis is a financial lines insurance professional, focused primarily on the provision of specialist risk management and insurance services to professional organisations. As Director of the Financial & Professional Services practice for Aon Commercial Risk Solutions in Ireland he has been fortunate to work closely with many leading local and international firms, providing expert advice, negotiation and placement of Professional Indemnity and other financial lines insurances.

Our Financial & Professional Services practice is a dedicated team serving industry sectors including financial institutions, financial & professional services, funds, construction, technology, power, energy utilities, healthcare, pharmaceutical, life science and media.

1430–1500  “Topic TBC”

Michael Carrigan, Consultant Solicitor, Holmes O’Malley Sexton

Michael Carrigan specialises in commercial property, professional negligence and dispute resolution. He also practises as an expert witness
and as an arbitrator.

Michael qualified as a solicitor in 1969. In 1972 he joined the firm of Eugene F. Collins Solicitors in Dublin where in 1975 he became a Partner remaining as a Partner until the end of 2012 when he became a Consultant. He retired from Eugene F Collins at the end of March 2016.

As a solicitor Michael specialised in commercial property and is now frequently called upon to act as an expert witness in property related disputes including professional negligence claims involving members of the legal profession in Ireland.

Michael is also an experience arbitrator having acted as arbitrator in over 150 domestic and 3 international arbitrations under appointment by ICC

1500–1515     Questions and discussion session

1515–1530      Refreshments

1530–1600   “The Role of the Expert Architect in Professional Negligence Cases”

Tony Reddy AoU, B Arch, FRIAI, RIBA, FRSA, Dip Proj Man, MAPM, Dip Arb, FCI Arb Chairman, Architect, Project Manager, Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Conciliator, Mediator – Reddy Architecture + Urbanism

In his early career, Tony Reddy gained wide experience with Paul Rudolph (New York) & Roche Dinkeloo & Associates (Hamden, Connecticut), Murray & Murray (Ottawa & Dublin), Stephenson Associates and Hope Cuffe & Associates (Dublin).

In 1982, he commenced with Maurice Fitzgerald as Fitzgerald Reddy Associates (now Reddy Architecture + Urbanism). Through his work as a principal of the firm, he has gained wide recognition as an influential architect and urbanist. His firm’s work embraces the design of furniture, interiors, a wide range of building typologies and urban design. His firm’s ability to bring together and lead multi-disciplinary teams appropriate to a budget, coupled with a strong design focus and clear understanding of how people and places interact, has resulted in a wide range of commissions and projects which have contributed to contemporary architecture and the built environment.

Among his firm’s key projects are the Eircom Building, Temple Bar West End, Custom House Square (IFSC) and Heuston South Quarter. He is a former President of the RIAI (2004-2005) and a former Joint Chairman of the Sustainable Housing and Communities Committee. He is also a founding Director of The Academy of Urbanism and The Urban Forum both of which promote the importance of quality urbanism in achieving sustainable towns and cities.

1600–1630 Chair’s closing remarks

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