Siobhan Fahey BA BAI LLB (Hons)  CEng  Dip Arb   FCIArb  MIEI  MICE RConsEI 

Gold Coast Road,



Co. Waterford

Contact Details

Ph +353 (58) 44505



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

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   2011

FIDIC International Accredited Trainer: Module 1 - 2012, Module 2 - 2013

CIArb Accredited Adjudicator (Republic of Ireland) 2014

Professional Member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, 2015

Member of FIDIC President's List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators 2016

Career History

2004 – present: in private practice. Acting as Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Conciliator and Mediator.  Advising clients on the details of construction contracts, and giving practical advice on dispute avoidance and resolution. Previously, preparing written submissions for construction arbitrations and conciliations. Objective examination of the substance of claims and defences prepared by others.

2012 – present: international trainer for FIDIC forms of contract, formally assessed and accredited by FIDIC. Holding in-house and public training courses in Europe, UK, Ireland, Africa and Asia.

1999 – 2004: the Railway Procurement Agency, Dublin - in-house contracts advisor responsible for drafting, negotiating and advising on contracts and agreements procured by RPA in connection with construction ofthe Red and Green Lines of Luas: working agreements with utility companies/local authorities, bonds, collateral warranties and guarantees, and the construction, supply and professional services contracts.

1999: Staveley & Partners, Dublin - providing contractual advice to clients in respect of civil engineering contracts.

1998 – 1999:  James R. Knowles Ltd., Hong Kong – Claims Consultant advising and drafting claim pleadings on behalf of construction contractors and developers.

1995 – 1998:  Mott MacDonald Ltd., Hong Kong (seconded to the Government of Hong Kong) – Resident Engineer (Claims) responsible for claims management on a number of contracts for a large infrastructure/land reclamation project of total value circa €130 million.

1993 – 1995:  Mouchel Asia Ltd., Hong Kong - Section Engineer responsible for detailed design of buildings, structures, sewage treatment works and large capacity fuel/water storage tanks of a new electric power station of total value circa €60 million.

1989 – 1993:  L.G. Mouchel & Partners Ltd., Bath, UK – Graduate Engineer with responsibilities for design of civil engineering projects, and acting as Resident Engineer for construction of river control structures.

Positions Held

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).

2015 – present: Chair of the FIDIC task group for updated Dispute Adjudication Board rules.

2015 – present: Editorial Board Member of the Construction, Engineering and Energy Law Journal of Ireland

2011 – present: Chair of the FIDIC task group for a new Subcontract for Design-Build contracts.

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.


Conciliator on over thirty Irish construction disputes since 2009 (including twenty-four cases arising from the Irish Public Works (GCCC) forms of contract) - between employer/clients and main contractors; between main contractors and subcontractors; and between employer/clients and consulting professionals - all of which were successfully resolved during conciliation.

Sole Arbitrator on a number of Irish construction disputes, of various values up to €10 million (main contract and subcontract disputes). I have also acted as the Arbitrator under consumer schemes run by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Irish Branch).

Adjudicator for a complex €8.5 million Irish construction dispute (contractual adjudication under a bespoke subcontract) issuing my decision within the required 28 days plus 14 days - despite one party's non-participation and having to proceed ex-parte with the adjudication.

Mediator for a high-value construction dispute involving five parties (the client/employer (a private sector developer under examinership) in dispute with his project manager, structural engineer, main contractor and piling subcontractor), which was successfully settled at a 1-day mediation meeting.

I have successfully proven my expertise: in arbitration, by passing CIArb's Chartered Arbitrator assessment (in 2009), which included two years of pupillage with a leading international Arbitrator; in conciliation, by passing Engineers Ireland's conciliator training course and assessment for eligibility as member of EI's panel of conciliators (in 2010); in mediation, by passing CIArb's accredited mediator training course and assessment (in 2011); in adjudication by passing the Adjudication conversion course run by ACEI/CIArb/EI/SCS/RIAI (in 2014); in dispute boards, by passing FIDIC’s assessment for the FIDIC President's List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators (in 2016).

I am a panel-member of: the panels of Arbitrators, Conciliators and Mediators held by the Charted Institute of Ireland (Irish Branch), the panels of Arbitrators and Conciliators held by Engineers Ireland, and the FIDIC President's List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators.