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Tort Litigation, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Tort Litigation: All the Recent Developments

Date: Saturday 26 March 2011

The MacNeill Theatre, Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin

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About the Conference

There has been a flood of judgments on torts from the Supreme Court and High Court over the past year. Every significant aspect – including damages, professional negligence, employers’ liability, nuisance, section 26 of the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004, the duty of care and delay – will be considered at a morning conference organised by the Law School of Trinity College Dublin on Saturday, 26 March 2011 in the MacNeill Theatre, Hamilton Building.

The conference will be chaired by the Hon. Mr. Justice Bryan McMahon. The speakers – John Healy, Neville Cox, Des Ryan, Ciaran Craven and William Binchy – are experts on the subject. All relevant decision will be analysed from the standpoint of their implications for legal practice.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.


How did Hogan J address the question of delay in Doyle v Gibney [2011] IEHC 10?

How did McMahon deal with the claim of nuisance in Victory v Galhoy Inns Ltd [2010] IEHC 459?

What did Kearns J decide in Lockwood v Ireland [2010] IEHC 430 on the question whether a duty of care should be imposed on members of An Garda Síochána in relation to how they conduct an investigation?

What did Hogan J hold in relation to section 27 (1)(b) of the Civil Liability Act 1961 in EBS Building Society v Leahy [2010] IEHC 456?

On what basis did the plaintiff’s action before McMahon J succeed in Hanrahan v Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food [2010] IEHC 442?

In Farrelly v Earley [2010] IEHC 409, how broadly did O’Neill J set the scope of the duty owed by a bus driver transporting teenagers to and from a disco?

Why did O’Neill J dismiss the claim for professional negligence in Orpen v H.S.E. [2010] IEHC 410?

Why did Lavan J dismiss a claim for negligence against an employer in Mansoor v Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform [2010] IEHC 389?

How did Quirke J address the issue arising under section 26 of the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 in Farrell v Dublin Bus/Bus Átha Cliath [2010] IEHC 327?

On what basis was the measure of damages calculated in the professional negligence claim of Kelleher v O’Connor [2010] IEHC 313?

What was the fate of the claim for indemnity in Andrews Construction Ltd v Lowry Piling Ltd [2010] IEHC 276?

How did Laffoy J decide the plaintiff’s claim for nuisance relating to noise in Smyth v Railway Procurement Agency [2010] IEHC 291?

On what basis did the Supreme Court determine the appeal in the professional negligence claim in Schuit v Mylotte [2010] IESC 56?

Did the Supreme Court articulate any new principles on liability for negligent inducement of a rescue attempt in O’Neill v Dunnes Stores [2010] IESC 53?


Programme and Speakers

Chair: The Hon. Mr. Justice Bryan McMahon

9:30 - Professional Negligence Litigation Against Doctors and Lawyers: Recent Developments

Dr. Ciaran Craven is a practising barrister. He lectures in Medical Law on the LL.M. degree programme at Trinity College Dublin. He is the co-editor (with William Binchy) of Medical Negligence Litigation: Emerging Issues and The Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004: Implications for Personal Injury Litigation and co-author of Psychiatry and the Law (2nd edition, 2010). He is co-editor of the Quarterly Review of Tort Law.

10:05 - New Approaches to Motions for Dismissal for Want of Prosecution or to Renew Summonses

Dr. Neville Cox LL.B., Ph.D., (Dub.), Barrister, is Senior Lecturer in Law and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He is Acting Head of the Law School. He is author of Defamation Law (2008) and co-author of Sport and the Law (2004) and Employment Law in Ireland (2009). He is Director of the Master of Laws degree programme at Trinity.

10:40 - Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 - Fatal Accidents Litigation and Survival of Actions: Emerging Issues

John Healy is a practising barrister in the Four Courts, Dublin and a specialist in medical negligence. He is the author of numerous books including Medical Malpractice Law, recently published by Round Hall Press, Dublin in the Brehon Library.

11:35 - Damages in the Superior Courts: Key Recent Developments

Dr. Des Ryan BL is a Lecturer in Law at Trinity College Dublin and a practising barrister specialising in Employment Law. He lectures in Employment Law and Employment Litigation at Trinity College. Co-author of Employment Law in Ireland (2009), he has published widely (including on the subject of damages) in a number of journals and books. He is the Co-Editor of the Employment Law Review, published quarterly, and is the Employment Law correspondent for the Thomson Round Hall Annual Review of Irish Law.

12:10 - Recent Developments on the Impact of the Constitution and European Convention on Tort Litigation

William Binchy is Regius Professor of Laws at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Irish Human Rights Commission. He is co-author of a Casebook on Torts and co-editor, of The Annual Review of Irish Law, The Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004: Implications for Personal Injuries Litigation and the Quarterly Review of Tort Law. He is co-editor (with Dr. Ciaran Craven) Medical Negligence Litigation: Emerging Issues, published by FirstLaw in 2008.

12:45 - Questions and Discussion

The right to rearrange and substitute lectures and lecturers is reserved 


Reservation and Fees

€150 for one

Group Rates: €270 for 2*; €380 for 3; €480 for 4 and €560 for 5

Reduced Rates**: €120 Members Rates***: €110 – Individuals; €75 – Associates

Corporate Members Group Rates: €200 for 2*; €285 for 3; €360 for 4 and €560 for 5.

* The group rate applies if you wish to send more than one delegate to a conference or if you would like to attend more than one conference of the same fee value.

** for barristers of five years standing or less and trainee solicitors.

** for members of the TCD CPD Conference Programme.


To reserve a place please complete the booking form and return it to:

CPD Conference Programmes, School of Law, House 39, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2Telephone (01) 896 2367 / 2772; Fax (01) 677 0449; Email: lawevent at


CPD Hours/Points : 3

Certificates of attendance will be forwarded after the conference.