Mr David Barniville, Senior Counsel and a former chair of the Council of The Bar of Ireland, has been nominated to replace Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan of the High Court.
Mr Barniville is a member of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority. He is Chairman of Irish Rule of Law International and of the International Bar Association’s Forum for Barristers and Advocates. He is Vice-Chairman of Sport Ireland’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and Vice President of Arbitration Ireland. He is a former member of Board of the Courts Service and the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for Ireland, a former member of the Legal Aid Board and of the Contracts Awards Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. He is a Fellow of a number of different international trial lawyer bodies, including the International Society of Barristers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Mr Barniville was called to the Bar in 1990 and became a Senior Counsel in October 2006. He is a Bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns in Dublin. He is also a member of the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple). He practises mainly in the area of commercial law, administrative law, insurance law and product liability law. He is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and regularly acts in mediations and arbitrations (both domestic and international) in a wide range of cases as counsel or as mediator or arbitrator.