John O'Brien at work
John reading book
Photo by Roger Kenny.
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John FFF O’Brien

Now more than 15 years in the business, John O’Brien has established a peerless reputation as a dispute resolution practitioner and analytical strategist in complex construction disputes. Beyond that, he has established a strong team of talented practitioners under the banner of John Farage O'Brien, all of whom have built enviable reputations on their own accounts and bring decades of experience to the table. This is so whether dealing with small contracts or major disputes where the outcome can involve tens of millions

Profile of John O'Brien

Sean O’Flaherty, BL, LLB, BSc, Dip.Eng

A barrister and expert in arbitration law, senior contracts consultant Sean O’Flaherty brings more than 35 years of engineering and legal experience to John Farage O’Brien. Sean is expert in Irish Public Works Contract version 1.3 to 1.10, and in FIDIC and NEC 3. Just now, he is advising in both legal and contract roles in large-scale disputes ranging from €100k to over €25 million. A Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators, he is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Society of Chartered Surveyors, and Engineers Ireland

Colin Fulham, MSc, MRICS, MSCSI

A senior quantum consultant, Colin is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with more than 20 years experience. He has worked with some of the biggest PQS practices in the UK and spent more than seven years full-time with John Sisk & Son Ltd. He has worked as Head QS, team lead and commercial manager on very large national and multinational projects. Colin is now engaged on several prestigious contracts and is consultant commercial manager for the Office of Public Works on the River Dargle Flood Relief Scheme in Bray, Co Wicklow

Roy Sherlock, BSc, FCIArb

Roy, who acts as a consultant to John Farage O’Brien, brings more than 45 years’ experience of the building and civil engineering industry to the team. He is an accredited conciliator and is one of only eight Chartered Arbitrators in Ireland. He has practised as a mediator, conciliator, adjudicator and arbitrator for over 25 years, and has prepared countless claims, defences and pleadings of all types for contractors, subcontractors, government and private employers. Roy is a past chairman of the CIArb (Irish Branch) and was the CIArb European Trustee and (worldwide) Honorary Treasurer for nine years. He is also a member of several panels including those of Engineers Ireland, the Society of Chartered Surveyors, the CIF and the Law Society