About our People

The Honorable Society of King’s Inns prides itself in having a strong academic team. All tutors and lecturers on the King’s Inns teaching team have impressive qualifications (including many LLMs from colleges including Harvard, Oxbridge and the London School of Economics, as well as several PhDs from reputable Irish and UK universities). Many tutors and lecturers are also qualified Barristers, and therefore have a keen understanding of how the law works in the real world. All members of the team have extensive teaching experience.

The School of Law

Mary Griffin

Under Treasurer

Mary Griffin

Mary Griffin took up the position of Under Treasurer / CEO in June 2018. Prior to joining, Mary held the position of interim CEO with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. She has a proven leadership record as CEO, senior executive and management consultant across the public and private sector. Mary was instrumental in setting up CORU, the regulator of health and social care professionals. Her early career was in Local Government where she held a number of management positions including that of Town Clerk in Kilrush, before moving onto the Institute of Public Administration as a management consultant and trainer.

A qualified executive coach, Mary is passionate about developing people, identifying talent and enabling people to be the best they can be. She has demonstrated a capability of implementing progress by working collaboratively to instil a “can do” attitude and realise potential.

A native of Co Clare, Mary holds a BSC in Economics and Management and an MBA.

Marcella Higgins

Registrar

Marcella Higgins

Marcella Higgins BA, HDipEd, MEd has held senior management and lecturing positions in a number of third level and professional education institutions. From 2000 to 2008 she was Director of Education at King’s Inns. As Registrar since 2008, Marcella’s responsibilities include: regulation compliance and developments, management of accreditation of courses, quality assurance, admissions to courses and admissions to the degree of Barrister–at–Law, and all aspects of examinations.

Dr. Eimear Brown

Dean of School of Law

Dr. Eimear Brown

Eimear Brown LLB, BL, PhD was called to the Bar in 2003 and practised mainly in the area of civil law. Having been Academic Coordinator / Course Leader of the Diploma in Legal Studies, Eimear assumed the role of Dean of School of Law in 2015. A Lecturer in Human Rights Law and Introduction to the Legal System, she is currently focused on research in the areas of Human Rights Law and innovations in teaching and learning.

Renate Ní Uigín

Librarian

Renate Ní Uigín

Renate Ní Uigín LL.B is the Librarian. Having qualified and practised as a Solicitor, she subsequently retrained as a librarian, acquiring a HDipLIS from UCD. She worked in the Law Library for ten years prior to moving to King’s Inns.

Barrister–at–Law Degree

Dr. Mark Byrne

Criminal Practice Course Co–ordinator, Barrister–at–Law Degree

Dr. Mark Byrne

Mark Byrne, LL.B. B.L. Ph.D., is a graduate of the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin. Mark was called to the Irish Bar in 2003 and the Bar of England and Wales in 2013. In addition to his course co–ordinator role at King’s Inns, Mark is a practising barrister in Ireland and a member of the International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

Áine Shannon

Criminal Practice Course Co–ordinator, Barrister–at–Law Degree

Áine Shannon

Áine is a graduate of NUI Galway (BA, LLB), University of London (LLM) and the Inns of Court School of Law. She practised at the bar in London for a number of years before returning to Ireland in 1999 when she commenced practice at the Irish Bar.

Diploma in Legal Studies

Ciarán Patton

Academic Coordinator / Course Leader

Ciarán Patton

Ciarán Patton LLB (Ling. Ger.), BL graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1997 and was called to the Bar in 1999. Having been teaching the Criminal Law at the King’s Inns since 2005, he assumed the role of Academic Coordinator / Course Leader of the Diploma in Legal Studies in 2015. His research interests include the Criminal Law, the Law of Evidence and Equity and the Law of Trusts.

Advanced Diplomas

Dáithí Mac Cárthaigh

Comhordaitheoir Dlí agus Gaeilge / Law & Irish Co–Ordinator

Dáithí Mac Cárthaigh

Dáithí Mac Cárthaigh BA, MA, LLB, BL graduated from NUIG and was called to the Bar in 1998. He practices both civil and criminal law in Irish and English. He has published articles on areas as diverse as statutory interpretation, white collar crime and planning.