Our mediators

Susie Hall

Susie Hall trained with the Institute of Public Administration. Having worked for 41 years as a second-level teacher and Year Head, she has long experience of dealing with conflict in the workplace. She has had a lifelong involvement in trade union activity and is a former President of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland. This has given her a great deal of experience in Conflict Resolution and enabled her to develop skills in Workplace Mediation.

She has served for many years on the Council of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland. She has carried out a great many successful Mediations in the world of education at primary, secondary and third level. Susie is convinced of the efficacy of Mediation as a means of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

James Bridgeman SC

James Bridgeman SC is an experienced litigator, arbitrator and mediator with a wide practice in commercial and technology law including intellectual property, technology, Internet and ICT, construction law, commercial contracts, negligence, professional regulatory law, European and International law, human rights, International Arbitration, ADR and other forms of dispute resolution.

He is a Chartered Arbitrator and accredited mediator. He is a past global President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2018), and has served as Vice-President of the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland and as Chair of the Irish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He holds certificates to practice as a barrister at the Bar of Ireland and the Bar of England & Wales. His Irish practice is based at the Law Library, Dublin. His English practice is based at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, London, where he is a full tenant. His international practice is managed by Arbitra International, with offices in London, Abu Dhabi and Washington DC.

Examples of disputes in which he has recently acted as mediator include a dispute relating to provision of services within an Irish university, a neighbour dispute relating to land, and a dispute relating to an international franchise development agreement.

He has been recognised as a Global Leader in arbitration and mediation by Who’s Who Legal

Joan Donegan

Joan Donegan holds an Honours M.A. from Maynooth University in Conflict Intervention Studies and is a qualified Mediator and Arbitrator (Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – CIArb) and former Restorative Justice Facilitator.

Prior to working as Director at IR Solutions, Joan Donegan was appointed first woman General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT).

Joan has extensive experience leading workplace investigations including disciplinary hearings and appeals, workplace grievances, discrimination and protected disclosures in the voluntary, public and private sectors and has made representations relating to such matters at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and the Labour Court.

David Danagher

David Danagher began his law career after completing his Certificate in Criminal Law at Dublin Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland.

Eager to expand his knowledge, David went on to study a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil law and Society at Dublin City University.

David studied a Masters in Corporate and Financial law in Kingston University in the UK and studied his Barrister at Law degree at The Honourable Society of King’s Inn in Dublin.

He is currently a practicing Barrister at the Bar of Ireland.

  • Areas of practice
  • Employment Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Data Protection
  • Aviation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Judicial Review

Dr Finola Doyle O’Neill

Dr Finola Doyle O’Neill holds a BCL in Civil law from UCC and also holds a Diploma in Arbitration from the Sutherland School of Law, UCD.

As a former Secondary School Teacher and as a University Lecturer, Finola is passionate about education and the rights of employees in the education sector, having served as an active member of the ASTI and more recently as an executive member of IFUT (The Irish Federation of University Teachers), where she dealt on a voluntary basis with many employment contract issues. Her specialised subject areas of Law are Employment Law and Dispute Resolution.

Finola also holds a Doctorate in Ireland’s Broadcast Media, and this has enhanced her understanding of the communications industry generally, and more specifically the importance of open and transparent communication in the workplace. Finola recently became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Michael MacNamee BL, BCL, ACII, ACI Arb., A.M

Michael is a practicing barrister with over twenty-seven years’ experience specialising in Employment Law. In addition to representing and advising parties before civil courts and statutory tribunals, he has extensive experience in dispute resolution, including acting as a Post of Responsibility Arbitrator (appointed by the Department of Education and Science) in the Community and Comprehensive School sector. He has conducted independent workplace investigations and mediations in the public, voluntary and private sectors. He is a warranted serving Adjudication Officer with the Workplace Relations Commission and an Adjudicator and Mediator with the Residential Tenancies Board. He is also an Ordinary Member of the Hepatitis C and H.I.V. Compensation Tribunal.