Chairperson

Mr Philip O’Leary BCL ,LLB is a graduate of UCC and is a Consultant solicitor at a Cork-based solicitor’s firm. Philip is also the Chairperson of the Legal Aid Board, where he has served as a member since 2011 and is currently a Board member of the Irish Banking Culture Board.

Ordinary Members

Ms Dorothy Donovan, LL.B., LL.M., B.L., is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the Honourable Society of King Inns. Dorothy is a practising barrister dealing with commercial landlord and tenant cases. Former vice chair of the Employment Appeals Tribunal and a former council member of CORU (the Health & Social Care Professional Council) where she was involved in preparing the Codes of Practice and setting up regulatory standards.

Ms. Dairine Mac Fadden is a solicitor, based in Dublin. Dairine graduated from UCD with a law degree (B.C.L) and returned there later to do a Diploma in European Law, followed by a Master’s degree in European Law. Dairine also holds an M.A in Translation Studies from DCU and is a qualified Mediator. Dairine is currently a member of the Valuation Tribunal and a member of the RTB Tribunal.

Mr Philip Moynihan retired from An Garda Síochána in 2010, having attained the rank of Chief Superintendent. Philip holds a B.A. degree in Public Management from the Institute of Public Administration and a Diploma in Legal Studies from Waterford Institute of Technology. Philip is currently a member of the Private Security Appeals Board, and The Censorship of Publications Board.

Mr James Bridgeman SC, FCIArb, Chartered Arbitrator, is a Senior Counsel, arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator with a practice based at The Law Library, Dublin, Ireland and at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, London, England. James has a special interest in arbitration, ADR, commercial law, construction and intellectual property disputes. James is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where he read history and political science and subsequently read Law at the Kings Inn, Dublin. James is a member of the Ministerial Panel of Construction Adjudicators.