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Martin Cooney

Martin Cooney

Construction Law, ADR, Commercial Litigation, Employment, Commercial Contracts


+353 (0) 41 9838616

Martin is a graduate of NUI, Galway, the University of Oxford and King’s College, London. He joined Smyth & Son in 2015 after having worked as an in-house solicitor with the National Asset Management Agency. Prior to that, Martin trained and worked as an Associate in the Construction and Engineering department of a large commercial law firm.

Martin advises on all aspects of construction law including both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has experience advising on standard forms contracts (including RIAI, Public Works and FIDIC) and has also advised on bespoke contracts for construction projects.  He is experienced in various forms of alternative dispute resolution having represented employers,consultants and contractors in mediations, conciliations, adjudications and expert determinations. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb). He is also experienced in traditional litigation having represented clients at all court levels, including the Commercial Court.

He provides Health & Safety advice pertaining to construction and engineering projects and has represented clients in the defence of HSA prosecutions. He is a member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association of Ireland.

Martin has completed the Higher Diploma in Employment Law at University College Dublin, having formerly been a tutor in Labour Law at NUI, Galway. He regularly advises on employment law and has advised employers and employees in relation to terms and conditions of employment and policies and procedures. He has also advised in relation to disciplinary procedures and employment claims, including claims for bullying, harassment and work related stress.

Martin draws on his experience with the National Asset Management Agency to advise clients on debt restructuring, refinancing and debt compromise.

He lectures and tutors on European Law and Negotiation Skills on the Law Society’s Professional Practice Course and is Chair of the Law Society’s EU & International Affairs Committee.