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Rory Kirrane


Rory Kirrane has an extensive experience in disputes relating to construction and engineering contracts, maritime, international trade and related legal issues. He regularly handles arbitration, dispute board adjudication, mediation and conciliation relating to matters such as FIDIC engineering contracts and ICC INCOTERM-based transactions for international sale of goods. 

In particular, Rory has represented clients in contract negotiation and dispute resolution in respect of: 


  • Power generation contracts

  • Project finance, particularly in relation to renewable energy

  • Water and wastewater treatment projects

  • Road and motorway and tunnel construction

  • Commercial and large-scale residential development projects

  • Mining and quarrying

  • Receivership, liquidation and bank restructuring of real estate assets

  • Construction all risks and liability insurance

  • Construction bonds and guarantees

  • International sale of goods

  • Ship arrest and sale

  • Salvage

  • Cargo disputes


Rory is admitted as an Irish citizen practising in Dublin. He is a senior partner in the law firm of Mason Hayes + Curran where he leads the construction and arbitration practices. 


He is recommended by Chambers & Partners Europe, Legal 500 and Practical Law Company as a leading lawyer in construction, projects, planning, environmental and maritime law. 


Rory is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland and England & Wales. Prior to joining Mason Hayes + Curran he worked with Ince & Co., a top international shipping law firm in the City of London, as well as in an international construction law firm. 


Rory regularly speaks on legal matters in Ireland and internationally. His other interests include travelling, literature, art history, as well as classical music, in particular Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Sibelius, and Wagner on vinyl discs. 


Rory is available to accept appointments as an arbitrator or mediator. 




  • BCL, University College Dublin 1992

  • LLM, London School of Economics / King’s College London 1993

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law London 1994




  • Law Society of Ireland

  • Law Society of England & Wales

  • International Bar Association

  • Society of Construction Law


Representative Experience


  • Acting for international consortium in multi-million euro arbitration under FIDIC Orange Book

  • Advising international consortium members in relation to contract issues on €50 million waste water treatment plant

  • Advising international consortium member in relation to sub-contract claims on tunneling project

  • Representing employer in disputes with contractor and design team on €10 million office development

  • Advising international bid consortium member on challenge to award of €300 million road contract under EU Remedies Directive

  • Advising bid consortium on procurement issues under EU Works Directive in relation to waste water treatment plant

  • Representing a number of leading multinationals on procurement of works including office and retail fit-out, warehouse, and specialist engineering works

  • Representing contractor in disputes relating to city centre retail and residential development

  • Advising developer of 400 acre residential scheme on procurement of infrastructure and negotiation with local authority

  • Representing contractor on disputes relating to upgrade / refit of listed Georgian dwelling

  • Advising international contractor in relation to bond call on power station in Bahamas

  • Acting for promoters on a number of wind farm developments


In addition, Rory has a strong background in shipping and maritime law, having had trained and worked at Ince & Co., Solicitors, one of London's most prestigious law firms where he acted on behalf of underwriting interests in 'Ikarian Reefer', on behalf of owners in a US$70 million total loss, was involved in leading charterparty cases such as 'Houda', and in a number of large FPSO disputes. Rory has recently acted in relation to disputes surrounding the ownership of the ‘Christina O’. He has also successfully litigated defamation proceedings to the Court of Appeal in England. 




  • Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Business Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2011 Rory is recommended as a leader in his field in the ‘Construction’ category. ‘Practice head Rory Kirrane is a highly regarded construction specialist who covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Clients praise him as "highly knowledgeable in construction law, so he can cut to the key issues and protect the client's interests - he is a real asset to the firm".’

  • Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Business Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2010 Rory is recommended as a leader in his field in the ‘construction’ category. ‘Many recommendations for MH & C’s construction practice revolve around Rory Kirrane, who leads the construction department. He handles both contentious and non-contentious work in the sector and happy clients call him an “extremely intelligent, practical and accessible lawyer.” On contentious matters, clients feel that “he really takes a personal interest in the case, and as soon as you meet him you know you are in safe hands.”

  • Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Business Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2009 Rory is recommended as a leader in his field in the ‘construction’ category.“Rory is considered sharp, accommodating and responsive”.

  • Legal 500 – 2011 Rory Kirrane is highly recommended in the field of ‘Construction’. “Mason Hayes & Curran, headed up by the ‘responsive’ Rory Kirrane, has a solid contentious and non-contentious offering.”

  • Legal 500 – 2010 Rory Kirrane is highly recommended in the field of ‘Construction’, with Mason Hayes & Curran boasting “a good balance between contentious and non-contentious cases under the leadership of the ‘knowledgeable and accessible’Rory Kirrane”. Rory is also recommended in the area of ‘Maritime & Shipping’ for advice to lenders, ship operators and cargo companies on ship finance and corporate matters. He is also recommended in the field of ‘Planning & Environment’ as a ‘practical advice giver’. The firm recently advised the IDA Ireland on contracts for the removal of asbestos contaminated waste from an IDA site.

  • Legal 500 – Construction, 2009 At Mason Hayes & Curran, “Rory Kirrane is commended as a breath of fresh air’” for his “service-orientated approach”.

  • Which Lawyer? Practical Law Company, 2010 Rory is recommended as a lawyer in the area of ‘Construction’.

  • Which Lawyer? Practical Law Company, 2009 Rory is recommended as a lawyer in the area of ‘Construction’. Rory is recognised for “his capabilities which span both disputes and contractual matters”.


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