Our People

Oliver J Connolly

Principal, Friarylaw ADR (Former World Hoellering Fellow at the American Arbitration Association)

Oliver J. Connolly boasts one of the most impressive CVs in the Irish legal domain.

A member of the Bar in Ireland, New York, England and Wales and Northern Ireland, Oliver is perhaps best known for his work here at Friarylaw ADR, an Irish leading private legal-education body.

A Trinity College Dublin law Faculty member for several years, Oliver is a member of the American Arbitration Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow), a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and the Swiss Arbitration Association.

Oliver is a graduate in law and former lecturer in law at Trinity College Dublin (where he taught civil & commercial arbitration and mediation on Trinity’s LL.M programme). He has practiced as an attorney in New York and as a barrister at both the English and Irish Bars. Oliver has also been admitted to the Bar of Northern Ireland.

He holds various ADR qualifications (Dip Arb., Dip Int Arb., FCIArb, Accredited Mediator) and is a ADR committee member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and international Bar Association (IBA) and has previously served on the Bar Council’s ADR & Arbitration Committee and on the ruling council of the Irish Commercial Mediation Association (ICMA).

In 2002-2003 he served as the Hoellering World Fellow in residence with the American Arbitration Association (where, in particular, he observed the AAA’s US and international case management arbitration and mediation procedures) and was admitted to practice before the Bar of the United States Supreme Court upon petition by the Irish American Lawyers Association. He is also a member of 36 Bedford Row, a leading chambers of English barristers.

Oliver is the founder of Friarylaw and leads an active team of lawyers and non lawyers highly committed to (a) the promotion and servicing of time and cost effective dispute resolution in Ireland, north and south, and to (b) the promotion of Ireland, north and south, as an eventual hub for international dispute resolution.

E-mail: admin@thefriary.ie
Phone: +353 (0) 1 428 3322

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Deirdre Khuwais

ADR Programme Administrator

Deirdre Khuwais, Dip. Law, Accredited Mediator, is a Director of Friarylaw Mediation Case Management & the Head of Administration. Dee Khuwais is a very experienced legal executive and has worked in Ireland, Britain and the Middle East in international litigation projects. Dee is also the chief administrator of the very successful New York and California Bar Programmes. Dee coordinates Friarylaw’s Mediation Case Management and is an Accredited Mediator with Friarylaw / ADR Group.

E-mail: dkhuwais@thefriary.ie
Phone: +353 (0) 1 428 3322

Adrian Bannon

Civil Commercial Mediator and Trainer

Adrian completed four university degrees by just age 22. He holds a BA in Geography and an LL.B. from the National University of Ireland, Galway and two LL.M’s (one taught LLM in E-Commerce and one LLM by research in IT Law) from University College Cork. Adrian has also studied an MSc in Technology Management from the University of Edinburgh and has graduated with a First Class Honours Diploma in Employment law. For his research LLM Adrian graduated with First Class Honours and was supervised by Professor Steve Hedley – a leading E-Commerce lawyer and a former Professor for 20 years in Cambridge University. Adrian is a Matheson Law Firm IT Scholar and has written the leading Irish legal textbook on Radio Frequency Identification tags in 2010 and has lectured and tutored in European and Irish Law in both Waterford Institute of Technology and University College Cork. He has also worked as a Digital Policy Researcher with the Institute of International and European Affairs on a major pan-European Cyberlaw project. Adrian is a qualified Civil and Commercial Mediator and Separating Couples Mediator. He has studied ADR in Ireland with FriarylawADR and The MII, Northern Ireland, Berlin and the USA. A New York Bar student of the Friary Group, Adrian has also studied dispute resolution at Harvard Law School.

Joanna Campbell

Civil/Commercial/Family Mediation Trainer & Director

Joanna Campbell was awarded a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Manufacturing Systems Management and a Diploma in Industrial Studies from the University of Ulster.

Joanna commenced her career as process improvement engineer in Northern Telecom, Belfast. Processing excellent communication and interpersonal skills, it was not long before she was chosen to become a certified trainer and deliver corporate training programmes to the staff. After spending several years as Quality Manager in various industries, her natural career path development brought Joanna to form ‘Joanna Campbell & Associates’, an management consultancy specialising in the implementation and maintenance of certified Management Systems including Health and Safety, ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001, Excellence Through People etc. and management of the interaction with external bodies such as the Health and Safety Authority, National Quality Association and National Standards Authority of Ireland.

In October 2004, together with fellow Dundalk Institute of Technology colleague, Annmarie McHugh, Training For Excellence was formed. This company specialises in the development and delivery of management programmes for small and medium size enterprises. As an experience lecturer in her areas of specilisation and having qualified as an accredited mediator with Friarylaw & ADR Group in March 2005.

Joanna joined Friarylaw with specific focus on the development of the Friarylaw ADR. Included within this remit is Mediation Training & Accreditation Programmes, Mediation Pupilage Programmes, Mediation Case Management, and partnering with other stakeholders in the growth of mediation in Ireland.

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Sabine Walsh

Family Mediation Trainer & Director, Mediation Training Ireland

Sabine Walsh holds an honours degree in law from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Masters (LL.M) degree from NUI, Galway. Before qualifying as a solicitor she worked as a legal assistant in the Department of Foreign Affairs and tutored in Law in NUI Galway. She worked in practice as a solicitor for seven years before gaining accreditation as a mediator with Friarylaw and ADR Group. She is a native German speaker, and holds qualifications in legal German and translation. Sabine is a Director of Mediation Training Ireland and practices as a mediator throughout Ireland. Based in Sligo, she is a Member of the Business and Professional Women’s Organisation and the Women Lawyer’s Association. She is a founder member and Secretary of Mediation Solutions Northwest. Along with providing private client mediation services, Sabine also runs seminars and training courses in mediation for business and professional organisations.

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