Enhancing our team the panel of lecturers for 2023 are:

Catherine McLoone B.L.

Catherine is a practising barrister with over thirteen years experience. She has a general practice with a focus on employment law; and personal injuries litigation. She has delivered lectures on these topics at Trinity Collece Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland, and is a member of the Family Lawyers Association and the Law Reform subcommittee on Children’s Rights.

Columb Fortune B.L.

Columb Fortune is a Barrister-at-Law who holds a Bachelors in Sociology and Social Policy (BSocSc) as well as a Masters in Common Law (MCL) and is a graduate of University College Dublin. Before commencing practice at the bar, Columb worked on policy and advocacy in the Non-Profit sector. Columb began his practice in criminal defence and has extended into general civil law, with a focus on family law, property law and judicial review.He has prepared and delivered several CPD-accredited seminars to solicitors, barristers and frontline policy-workers on a variety of topics including legal aid, family law, administrative (public) law and landlord and tenant law. Columb volunteers with FLAC(Free Legal Advice Centres) and sits on the Board of Directors of Future Voices Ireland, a youth-empowerment organisation for vulnerable young people. 

Karen Pound BA,BL,LLM.

Karen is a qualified Barrister and a final year doctoral researcher at the School of Law at the University of Limerick.  Her thesis examines the evolution, expansion, and limits of the doctrine of vicarious liability, and the legal issues encountered by the law when applying vicarious liability upon unincorporated association defendants.   Her Master’s research examined the legal options available to designers who wish to protect the intellectual property in their designs under domestic and EU Law.  Karen has lectured and examined in criminal law, family law, contract law, and employment law and works as an editor for an academic publication in her spare time.

Noeleen Healy B.L.

Noeleen is a practising barrister working in the areas of immigration, asylum, family law and general civil law. She was awarded the Catherine McGuinness Fellowship for 2021 with the Children’s Rights Alliance.

Prior to commencing practice at the bar, Noeleen worked as a caseworker with the Refugee Legal Service and, before that, as a judicial assistant, assigned to the asylum, immigration and citizenship list at the High Court. She has also worked as a legal researcher for a public body. Noeleen has volunteered with FLAC as well as with a number of migrant-rights and civil society organisations. 

Noeleen was educated at NUI Galway, obtaining, first, a commerce degree followed by a postgraduate degree in law. She then obtained an LLM in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Noeleen completed her barrister-at-law degree in 2018, and, at the same time, she obtained an advanced diploma in data protection law.