FIDIC Adjudicators Search - Ms. Siobhan Fahey

First Name
Last Name
Global Regions
East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Central Asia, International
Country Residence
Educational Qualifications
Dual qualifications in Civil/Structural Engineering and in Law.
BA, BAI (Hons) Civil/Structural Engineering, Trinity College Dublin 1989
LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Laws, University of Wolverhampton 1997
Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration, College of Estate Management Reading 2000.
Professional qualifications
Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers UK 1996
Chartered Member of Engineers Ireland 2006
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2007
Chartered Arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2009
Registered Consulting Engineer with the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland 2009
Professional Dispute Board Member of the Dispute Board Federation, Geneva 2010
Accredited Mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London 2011
FIDIC International Accredited Trainer (Module 1) 2012
FIDIC International Accredited Trainer (Module 2) 2013
CIArb Accredited Adjudicator (Republic of Ireland) 2014
Member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation 2015
Current employment status
Particular technical expertise
Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Geotechnics and foundations, Hydro projects, Infrastructure, Railways, Bridges, Irrigation and Land Reclamation, Lawyer, Marine Civil Engineering, Metro railway and stations, Pipelines, Power / Energy, Road and Storm water Defence Works, Rock Anchors & grouting, Tunnels and Shafts, Waste Treatment and Pumping Plant
Present position
Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Conciliator, and Mediator, in private practice since 2004.
International trainer for FIDIC forms of contract – accredited by FIDIC.
2015 – present: Chair of the FIDIC task group for updated Dispute Adjudication Board rules.
2015 – present: Chair of the Dispute Resolution Board of Engineers Ireland.
2012 – present: Committee Member of the FIDIC Contracts Committee (and principal drafter for updates of FIDIC works contracts).
2011 – present: Chair of the FIDIC task group for a new Subcontract for Design-Build contracts.
Positions held
2009 – 2015: Committee Member of the Dispute Resolution Board of Engineers Ireland.
2014 – 2015: Leader of the FIDIC working group for liaison with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in respect of revisions to ICC Dispute Board Rules.
2007 – 2011: Member of the FIDIC task group for the new FIDIC Construction Subcontract 2011.
1999 – 2004: The Railway Procurement Agency (formerly C.I.E.), Dublin, Ireland
1999: Staveley & Partners, Dublin, Ireland
1998 – 1999: James R. Knowles Ltd., Hong Kong
1995 – 1998: Mott MacDonald Ltd., Hong Kong (seconded to the Government of Hong Kong)
1993 – 1995: Mouchel Asia Ltd., Hong Kong
1989 – 1993: L.G. Mouchel & Partners Ltd., Bath, UK
Dispute resolution experience
Acting as Arbitrator, Conciliator, Adjudicator and Mediator of construction disputes involving detailed technical issues as well as complex legal arguments.
Advising clients from different engineering, legal and cultural backgrounds on construction contracts, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution.
Strong interpersonal skills and extensive experience in dealing positively with individuals from different cultural backgrounds and from both legal and engineering backgrounds.
An aptitude for getting to the heart of a problem in order to offer practical and constructive input on contractual matters and complex legal issues.
Skilled in writing concise and articulate reports, decisions, recommendations, determinations and awards.
Acting as Arbitrator on a number of complex Irish construction disputes of values in the millions and tens of millions of Euros.
Acting as Conciliator (on nearly thirty occasions since 2009) of construction disputes.
Acted as Adjudicator for a complex €8.5 million Irish construction dispute (contractual adjudication) issuing my decision within the required 28 days plus 14 days.
Acting as Mediator in a number of commercial disputes, Acted as a Mediator for a five-party construction dispute, which was successfully settled at mediation.
Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Thailand, United Kingdom
Other panel listings
Panel of Arbitrators held by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London.
Panels of Arbitrators and Conciliators held by Engineers Ireland.
Panel of Arbitrators held by the Law Society of Ireland.
FIDIC Contracts Committee’s principal drafter of the (upcoming) 2nd Edition of the FIDIC Construction, Plant/Design Build, and EPC/Turnkey forms of contract.
Currently drafting updated FIDIC dispute adjudication board rules.
“Observations on the FIDIC Subcontract 2011 - Part 1”, July 2015 (co-authored with Dr Sebastian Hoek) published in the International Construction Law Review (ICLR), Volume 32, Part 3, at page 325 et seq.
“Observations on the FIDIC Subcontract 2011- Part 2”, October 2015 (co-authored with Dr Sebastian Hoek) published in the International Construction Law Review (ICLR), Volume 32, Part 4, at page 366 et seq.
Active participation in the drafting of Engineers Ireland dispute resolution procedures - specifically for mediation, conciliation and arbitration. Please see:
Principal drafter of the FIDIC Construction Subcontract 2011.

Frequent speaker, giving presentations and leading workshops, on contracts and dispute resolution at:
- FIDIC Contract Users’ conferences since 2010 - London, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Americas, and Africa
- FIDIC/ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) conferences,
- seminars and training workshops run by Engineers Ireland, and
- seminars run by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.