FIDIC Adjudicators Search - Mr. Ciaran Fahy

First Name
Last Name
Global Regions
East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Residence
Educational Qualifications
Bachelor of Engineering(Civil) University College Dublin 1971
MBA Trinity College Dublin 1975
Diploma Arbitration Law University College Dublin 1999
Diploma International Arbitration Law University College Dublin 1999
Professional qualifications
Chartered Engineer Engineers Ireland
Chartered Arbitrator CIArb 2007
Accredited Mediator CIArb 2005
Registered Consulting Engineer Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland 2002
Fellow Engineers Ireland 1991
Fellow CIArb
Certified Mediator Mediators Institute of Ireland
Current employment status
In Private Practice under own name since 1985
Particular technical expertise
Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Geotechnics and foundations, Infrastructure, Railways, Bridges, Manufacturing and Process Plant, Marine Civil Engineering, Natural gas and LNG Facilities, Pipelines, Power / Energy, Road and Storm water Defence Works, Tunnels and Shafts, Waste Treatment and Pumping Plant
English, French
Present position
Private Practice as Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Conciliator, Mediator
Positions held
1971 – 1985: worked as engineer in contracting, local authorities and consultancy including 2 years in France/Belgium (1972 – 1974). Experience in building, housing, civil infrastructure, roads maintenance, natural gas network and pumped storage scheme.
1985 – 2006: private practice as a civil engineering consultant under own name initially in the areas of natural gas, civil infrastructure and housing. Subsequently specialised as expert witness with extensive experience of litigation in the Irish courts.
2006 – Present: dispute resolution work the bulk of which is in the construction industry. Much of the work is in conciliation which is widely and successfully used in the Irish construction industry – it is essentially a facilitative process with the possibility for a binding or non-binding recommendation. Have dealt with a wide range of disputes in building/civil engineering including employer/main contractor, main contractor/subcontractor, joint-venture and partnership breakup, professional fees and operation/maintenance disputes.
Chairman of Dispute Resolution Board Engineers Ireland 2009 – 2015
Chairman of Ethics Board Engineers Ireland 2007 – 2009
Member of ICC Commission on Arbitration since 2010
Member of ICC Irish National Committee 2007 – 2010
Committee Member of Arbitration Ireland since 2010
Chairman of CIArb Irish Branch 2008 – 2009
Member of Society of Construction Law, Irish Commercial Mediation Association and Mediators Institute of Ireland
Member of CIArb Practice and Standards Committee since 2015.
Dispute resolution experience
Since 2010 have completed the following, all in construction area,
18 arbitrations. Average amount in dispute €0.5m to €1.0m with a max of €3.5m.
34 conciliations. Average amount in dispute over €1.0m with a max of €10.0m.
11 mediations. Average amount in dispute over €1.0 with a max of €17m. Have dealt with multi-party mediations and acted as co-mediator.
2 expert determinations. Amounts in dispute €7.0m and €2.4m.
One Dispute Board on a high profile building contract under the Irish PWC form of contract.
Other panel listings
Engineers Ireland panels for arbitrators, conciliators and mediators; CIArb panels for arbitrators and conciliators; Construction Industry Federation (CIF) panels for arbitrators and conciliators; Law Society of Ireland panel for arbitrators; Ministerial Panel of adjudicators under the Irish Construction Contracts Act 2013.
Articles in Journal of Engineers Ireland and also in Arbitration (CIArb).
Particular expertise in the Irish Public Works form of contract (PWC) – co-author of a paper dealing with interpretation of some of the most contentious clauses and chair of a committee which has redrafted the form of contract for use in the private sector.
Responsible for the production of several Engineers Ireland dispute resolution procedures specifically for mediation, expert determination and arbitration where there are 2 procedures one of which is 100 day procedure. Details of these are available at: