To contact or appoint Patrick Hanratty, call CEDR Ireland on 01 871 7575 (NI +353 1871 7575)
Patrick is a Barrister practicing in Dublin. He graduated from UCD in 1972 with a degree in Economics and Politics, following which he studied law at Trinity College Dublin and Kings Inns. He was called to the Bar in 1975 and became a Senior Counsel in 1994. He was called to the Bar in England (Middle Temple) in 1988. He has previously served as Vice Chairman of the Bar Council and Chairman of the Bar Council's arbitration committee. He specialises in the areas of commercial litigation and medical negligence litigation. He has substantial experience in litigation and arbitration and, more recently, mediation. He became a CEDR Accredited mediator in 2004 since when he has participated in mediaitons both as a legal representative of parties to mediations and as a mediator.
Patrick has acted in a wide range of commercial litigation disputes for a number of large national and multi-national corporations in the financial services, construction, aviation, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors. He has also represented a substantial number of SME's.
Examples of cases in which he has acted are:
In addition he also represents hospitals, consultants, junior doctors, nurses and general practitioners in all areas of medical law. He acts for the HSE and their insurers, individual hospitals and their insurers and all of the major medical defence organisations. He has advised and represented these entities in all forms of medical litigation and issues including:
Patrick is a strong believer in ADR, particularly mediation. He believes that, with commitment and motivation on the part of the parties to the dispute, most disputes are capable of resolution in a properly conducted mediation. His approach to mediation is professional, pragmatic and intuitive.
Patrick currently practices as a Senior Counsel. For a number of years he was extern examiner in Arbitration Law to the Honourable Society of Kings Inns. In 2002 he was appointed Consultant Editor of "The Bar Review", a professional publication for Barristers in Ireland. He was Counsel to the Planning Tribunal between 1998 and 2001. He became a CEDR Accredited mediator in 2004 and is a member of the Irish Commercial Mediation Association.
In 2006 he was appointed as a member of the Appeals Board of the Ethics panel of Engineers Ireland, the professional body for engineers in Ireland. The purpose of this Board is to adjudicate on appeals by engineers arising from professional misconduct findings by the Ethics Panel of Engineers Ireland.
In 2010 he was appointed by the President of the High Court to be a member of a working group to make proposals for legislation on Periodic Payments Orders in catostrophic personal injuries cases, and Pre-Trial Protocols for and Case Managment of Medical Negligence cases.
Updated: October 2013