Bernard Gogarty is a Graduate of University College Dublin and qualified as a Solicitor in the Republic of Ireland in 1979 and Northern Ireland in 1992. Bernard has been a Partner with the firm since 1984.

Bernard has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 1990 and has served as Chairman of the Irish Branch of the Institute, the Irish Representative on the Council of the Institute in London and as one of the Irish Representatives on the Commission on Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.  He has been a Member of the Law Society Arbitration Committee for many years.  He has acted as an Arbitrator both in Ireland and abroad and has in addition frequently represented parties appearing in arbitration hearings.  In addition, he has lectured extensively in this area on behalf of the Institute and the Law Society. Bernard currently lectures on the Post Graduate Diploma Course in Construction Law and Contract Administration in University of Dublin Trinity College.

Bernard has extensive experience in the areas of Conveyancing, both Commercial and Domestic, Litigation, including Personal Injuries Litigation, and specialises in the areas of Construction Law and Commercial Arbitrations.  In the area of Construction Law he has acted as consultant to several Local Authorities and has advised many of the major Construction and Building Companies operating in Ireland. 

Bernard is an experienced commercial litigator and has appeared, on many occasions, before the Commercial Court in Ireland on behalf of both Plaintiffs and Defendants. 

Bernard can be contacted at bgogarty@smythandson.ie


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