Irish Women Lawyers Association
IWLA Committee & Sub-Committees
The Hon. Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness
Catherine McGuinness served as a Judge of the Supreme Court from 2000 to 2006, a Judge of the High Court from 1996 to 2000, a Judge of the Circuit Court from 1994 to 1996 and a Senator for the University of Dublin from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1987. She was appointed by President Michael D. Higgins to the Council of State from 1988 to 1990 and 2012 to 2019.
She served as President of the Law Reform Commission from 2007 to 2009. In May 2013, she was appointed Chair of the National University of Ireland Galway Governing Authority. In addition to her judicial career, McGuinness has served on the Employment Equality Agency, Kilkenny Incest Investigation, the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation, the National Council of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland, and the Irish Universities Quality Board. In June 2011, she became patron of the Irish Refugee Council. In November 2011, she was appointed Chairperson of the “Campaign for Children.”
A native of Limavady, Aoife graduated from Ulster University in 2012 with a L.L.B. Honours degree in Law & Politics. Following graduation, she volunteered with the Committee on the Administration of Justice in Northern Ireland working on the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry. Aoife joined Sheehan & Partners in November 2012.
Aoife qualified as a solicitor in December 2017. Aoife works primarily in the areas of Criminal Defence, Civil Litigation, Judicial Review and Prisoner Litigation, and has substantial High Court experience in the field of Prison Law.
Rosemarie graduated from University College Dublin in 2000 with a BA (Political Science) degree and furthered her legal studies at post-graduate level at DIT. She is currently undertaking an LLM at Northumbria University on the topic of Article 41.2 of the Constitution, otherwise known as the woman’s place in the home provision. She qualified as a solicitor in 2015 after 15 years in a variety of in-house legal positions in a succession of software MNCs. Rosemarie has a strong interest in corporate governance having served on a variety of boards internationally and currently serves on the board of the Irish Red Cross. She joined the IWLA committee in 2018.
Maeve graduated from University College Dublin in 2011 with a BCL (Law with French Law) degree, having studied at Paris II Panthéon-Assas University during the academic year 2009 to 2010. Maeve qualified as a solicitor in December 2014 and is currently a Senior Associate in the Private Client Group at Matheson. Maeve is a chartered tax adviser and a member of STEP.
Jane McGowan, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2012. She practices criminal law, human rights law and administrative law. Jane is a lecturer-at-law teaching a variety of subjects including ‘criminal law’, ‘evidence’, ‘miscarriages of justice’ and ‘tort law’ at Griffith College, Dublin. She is a lecturer in ‘criminal practice and procedure’ on the Barrister-at-Law Degree course in the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. Jane is the Chairperson of the Irish Criminal Bar Association and a Senior Supervising Lawyer with the Irish Innocence Project. Jane joined the IWLA committee in 2016.
Sylvia is a Trainee Solicitor at Arthur Cox. She holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance from University College Cork and a Masters in Common Law from University College Dublin. She has worked both domestically and internationally at accounting firms, investment banks and law firms. Sylvia joined the IWLA committee in 2020 and heads up the Junior members Sub-Committee
Fiona McNulty LLB was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2016. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, she is an Associate at Mason Hayes & Curran. Fiona has completed a Higher Diploma in Corporate, White Collar and Regulatory Crime, and is a registered Legal Irish Practitioner on Clár na Gaeilge (An Dlí-Chumann) and the Irish Language Register (Law Society of Ireland). She is a member of the IWLA Committee since 2015, and is also a member of the Law Society of Ireland’s Younger Members Committee.
Linda Ni Chualladh
Linda Ni Chualladh is an in-house solicitor, serving currently as assistant General Counsel at Citi. She is a recognised by the Legal500 as a renowned data protection expert and is a member of the current GC Powerlist 2019,2017, the inaugural GC Powerlist 2015 and GC Powerlist Ireland Teams 2016 and 2018.
She holds a BCL from UCD and an LLM from Leibnitz University Hannover and a PhD from the European University Institute and has lectured at UCD and the Law Society of Ireland.
Aisling Mulligan BL
Aisling has been a practising barrister since 2013. Her practice extends into a number of diverse fields including medical law, mental health, health and social care law.
Aisling holds an MSC in Healthcare Ethics and Law from RCSI and was the recipient of the prestigious Catherine McGuiness fellowship, awarded by the Bar of Ireland, in 2017. Aisling joined the IWLA committee in 2018.
Audrey Byrne is an experienced Disputes Partner at McCann Fitzgerald. She holds a BCL from University College Dublin and a Diploma in European Studies, International Law and Legal Studies from Université Toulouse 1 Capitole.
She qualified as a solicitor in Ireland in 1999 and was admitted to the Institute of Taxation Examinations in 2001, and as a CEDR registered Mediator in 2009. She is a member of the board of the Peter McVerry Trust and joined the IWLA Committee in 2020.
Catherine O’Sullivan is a graduate of UCC (BCL, LLM) and Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada (PhD). She is the Director of the BCL(Pathways) degree in UCC where she lectures Criminal Law and Criminology. She is a member of the IWLA Commitee since 2020.
Anne Conlon BL
Anne Conlon has been a practising barrister since 2017, working in the area of general practice, she specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, personal injury law, and company law.
Anne has a strong research background and holds an LLM in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights from the University of Keele (UK), an MA in Women’s Studies from University College Dublin, and an MSc in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In addition, Anne holds qualifications in employment law and data protection law.
Prior to practising at the Bar Anne had a career in healthcare management.
Cliona Kimber SC
Cliona Kimber SC is a barrister with extensive experience of litigation in the High Court, Supreme Court, Circuit Court and employment tribunals. She holds an LLB & MA from Trinity College Dublin and an LLM from the University of British Columbia; shewas called to the Bar in 2000, taking silk in 2016.
She is the founder and former Editor of the Irish Employment Law Journal and Employment Law Reports and the author of two books and numerous articles on employment law. She has served as Chair of the Employment Bar Association and has lectured at Trinity College Dublin and continues to lecture widely to the profession.
Ciara Hanley is a graduate of NUI, Galway (Bachelor of Corporate Law, LLB) and qualified as a Solicitor in 2009. She spent ten years practising in Dublin and now works with Caldwell & Robinson Solicitor in Derry, Northern Ireland.