Judges of the Commercial Court

Mr Justice David Barniville  was appointed a judge of the High Court of Ireland in December 2017. He is currently the judge in charge of the Commercial Division of that Court. Prior to taking up that position he was the judge in charge of the Strategic Infrastructure Development list in the High court. He is also designated as the Arbitration Judge to hear all arbitration related matters in the High Court. In July 2018 he was appointed as a member of Ireland’s National Group on the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. In December 2019, he was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law (ERA). He is a Bencher of King’s Inns in Dublin and of Middle Temple in London and is a Governor and member of the Board of the National Maternity Hospital. Prior to his appointment to the High Court, David was in practice at the Irish Bar and was Chairman of the General Council of the Bar of Ireland (2014-2016).

 

Mr Justice Michael Twomey was appointed to the High Court of Ireland in January 2016 and has spent the majority of his time sitting in the Commercial Division. He studied law in University College Cork, holds a Ph.D. in law from University College Dublin, was a Visiting Researcher in Harvard Law School and a lecturer in law in Trinity College Dublin. He was elected a bencher of Kings Inns in 2016 and is an accredited mediator with CEDR. Prior to his appointment to the High Court, he practised in commercial law, specialising in the law of partnership and he was a consultant to the Law Commission of England & Wales and the Scottish Law Commission in relation to their joint Report on Partnership Law. He is the author of Twomey on Partnership(2nd ed, 2020), the leading partnership law text in Ireland.

 

Mr Justice Michael Quinn was appointed a judge of the High Court in 2018.  He is assigned to the Commercial Division and to hear examinership and insolvency matters under the Companies Act  2014.  He is a Bencher of the Kings Inns in Dublin. Prior to his appointment he practised as a solicitor specialising in corporate restructuring and insolvency and was a CEDR accredited mediator.  He is a Past President of INSOL Europe (the European Association of Insolvency Practitioners) and is Co Chair of the Judicial Wing of INSOL Europe.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the EU Project on Judicial CoOperation for Economic Recovery in Europe. He was a founder member and Chair of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners.

 

Mr Justice Denis McDonald  studied law in Trinity College Dublin from where he graduated in 1984. He obtained a Barrister-at-Law Degree from the Kings Inns in 1986 and commenced practice in that year. He was called to the Inner Bar in October 2000. He practiced primarily in the areas of chancery and commercial law. In October 2010 he was appointed by the Governor of the Central Bank as chairman of the Irish Takeover Panel serving as chairman until April 2018. He was elected a bencher of the Kings Inns in October 2017. He was appointed to the High Court in April 2018. He has been a judge of the Commercial Court since October 2018.

 

Mr. Justice Brian O’Moore is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he was a Foundation Scholar in Legal Science. He graduated in 1982, obtained the Degree of Barrister-at-Law from the Kings Inns in 1984, and began practice in October 1984. He took silk in October 1999. As a Senior Counsel, his practice was predominantly in the area of commercial law, with particular emphasis on intellectual property, contract and professional negligence litigation. He also appeared in leading employment, immigration and defamation cases, and has considerable experience of construction disputes. He acted as lead counsel not only in domestic hearings but also before the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. At the time of his appointment to the High Court, Mr. Justice O’Moore was lead counsel for the Central Bank Inquiry into Irish Nationwide Building Society, the first statutory inquiry of its kind in Ireland. He acted as mediator in a number of significant disputes, including many commercial actions. He was appointed to the High Court in December 2019, and has been a judge of the Commercial Court since then. He is a Bencher of Kings Inns.

 

Ms. Niamh Dermody is the Registrar to the Commercial Court.  She is a member of staff of the Courts Service assigned to the High Court.