Law Faculty – Staff Profiles

Together, these lecturers have taught a remarkable 26 first-placed prize-winners in the Law Society of Ireland Entrance Examinations, making Independent Colleges' FE1 team the most successful in the country.

Students will have the opportunity to study with premier lecturers, avail of their tailored study materials and up-to-the-minute teaching techniques. The course is examination focused and carefully designed to equip students with the skills for success. Students are given the opportunity to practice past examination questions and will receive personalised feedback from course lecturers. There is also a facility to catch up on missed lectures via our DVD lecture archives.

Head of School

Val Corbett BCL, LLM (NUI), Pg Cert.

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Val Corbett graduated with BCL and LL.M degrees from University College Cork. He is currently a Phd candidate with the Law School at Trinity College Dublin. In 2008, he completed a postgraduate certificate in third level learning and teaching at Dublin Institute of Technology. Having formerly worked in the legal department in KPMG, Val was head of the undergraduate law school at Griffith College for seven years. He is an elected council member of the Irish Association of Law Teachers (IALT) and has acted as an external examiner for Athlone Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tallaght.  Val delivers a number of college law courses and specialises particularly in the Law of Torts at

Teaching Interests

  • The Law of Torts – LLB, FE1 and King’s Inns
  • Employment Law – LLB
  • Law of Privacy – LLM
  • Law of Contract – FE1

Research Interests

  • Law of Torts
  • Law of Privacy
  • Employment Law

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Tomas  Clancy, MA, BA (Mod) Hons in Legal Science, Barrister-at-Law

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Tomás Clancy is an immensely popular lecturer who has previously lectured in law in Trinity College Dublin, the Institute of Public Administration and, more recently, Portobello College. Tomás will lecture in Property law and Jurisprudence on Independent Colleges’ LL.B (Hons) programme, and will be Year Head of final year LL.B students. He will act as Programme Leader on the College’s proposed LLM in Comparative Media Law.

Ciarán Patton, LL.B (Ling. Germ.), Barrister-at-Law

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From 1993 until 1997, Ciarán Patton studied Law and German at Trinity College Dublin and the Georgia-Augusta University, Goettingen, Germany. He graduated, highest in class, in 1997. Between 1997 and 1999, he studied Law at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin. During this time, Ciarán was also employed by Arthur Cox, Solicitors, on major litigation. Having qualified as a Barrister-at-Law in 1999, he went on to represent clients in litigation as diverse as Chancery, Commercial, Criminal and Family. In 2002 and 2003, he worked on the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, which, at that time, was chaired by the Honorable Ms. Justice Laffoy, judge of the High Court.

Having been lecturing law since 1999, Ciarán has accumulated a wealth of teaching experience. Between 1999 and 2008, he taught the Criminal Law and Equity and the Law of Trusts at Griffith College Dublin. Since 2005, he has been teaching the Criminal Law at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. Since 2008, he has been teaching the Criminal Law, Equity and the Law of Trusts and the Law of Evidence on Independent College Dublin’s (ICD) undergraduate and professional-law (FE 1 and King’s Inns) programmes.

Ciarán is the author of the texts used on Independent College Dublin’s professional-law courses in the Criminal Law, Equity and the Law of Trusts and the Law of Evidence. He is currently writing Principles of Irish Criminal Law for Clarus Press, which is due for publication in 2012.

Ciarán can be contacted at

Teaching Interests

- The Criminal Law

- Equity and the Law of Trusts

- The Law of Evidence

Research Interests

- The Criminal Law

Mary Rafferty, B Ed., M Soc Sc, M.M.I.I.


Mary is an accredited Practitioner Mediator and Certified Conflict Coach in private practice since 2006. She has extensive experience in the field of workplace mediation and has trained and coached in conflict-related areas in a wide range of organizations and workplaces.

Mary is a Director of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland, a member of the M.I.I. Ethics and Standards Committee and a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Ireland. She is also a member of the Cavan community mediation service which provides a  volunteer  family mediation service.

Mary holds an Honours Degree in Education, a Masters Degree with Distinction in Social Science and has attended a wide variety of specialised trainings in the field of conflict resolution.


B.E. CENG, FIEI, FCIArb, Dip L.S., Consulting Engineer

 Joe is Managing Director of Behan Dispute Resolution (  and an experienced Mediator and Arbitrator,  practicing in Ireland, the Middle East and the Caribbean region. 

He is an Mediation and Arbitration Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)   and currently serves on the Exam Board of the Institute. Joe served as International President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2010 and as Irish Branch Chairman in 2007/2008.

 He is a council member of the Irish Commercial Mediation Association and he is a Fellow Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland.  Joe is a certified mediator with the International Mediation Institute, a practitioner member of Mediators Institute Ireland and a CIArb Accredited Mediator.   

Michelle Quinn, LL.B; LL.M (Trinity College Dublin).

Michelle Quinn graduated with an LL.B degree from Nottingham Trent University and an LL.M from Trinity College Dublin. Michelle is a trainee solicitor with Malcomson Law Solicitors. She is an accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator (Friary Law & ADR Group (UK). She holds memberships with the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) and the Irish Commercial Mediation Association (ICMA). She was a Senior Tutor with the Law Faculty at University College Dublin in the Law of Torts, Company Law, Land Law and European Union Law. Michelle teaches on the College’s Employment Law Diploma.

Imelda Kelly, BBLS, Attorney-at-Law (New York), Barrister-at-Law





Imelda Kelly graduated from University College Dublin with an Honours Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies degree. She worked for a number of years in the non-governmental sector where she coordinated a law centre for people with disabilities. She was called to the New York Bar in January 2004, and subsequently attended the Honourable Society of King’s Inns and was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2005. She spent a year as a legal intern at the office of the Attorney General of Ontario in Toronto. She is a practicing barrister, and teaches on the College’s Honorable Society of King’s Inns and New York Bar Review programmes.

Gary FitzGerald, BA; Diploma in Legal Studies (Kings Inns), Barrister at Law.

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Gary FitzGerald was awarded the Antonia O’Callaghan prize for Constitutional Law in 2005. He is a practicing barrister and lectures on the College’s Preparatory Programmes for the Entrance Examinations to the Kings Inns and the Law Society of Ireland. Gary also lectures Business Law on the College’s ACCA programmes.

Anastasia Ward, BCL; Barrister-at-Law.

Anastasia Ward is a practicing barrister and has over seven years teaching experience with the Law Society of Ireland’s Law School and on Legal Executive programmes in the Republic of Ireland. Anastasia teaches Contract, Tort and Civil Litigation on the College’s Institute of Legal Executive programmes.

Matthew Jolley, LL.B; Barrister-at-Law.

Matthew Jolley is a practicing barrister and was called to the Bar in 2006. Matthew teaches on the College’s LL.B degree programmes. Matthew also teaches Medical Negligence and Criminal Law.

Ronan Gallagher LLB; B.L.; Attorney-at-law (NY); Accredited Mediator

Ronan is a practicing civil and commercial barrister with extensive experience of mediating HR and commercial disputes as well as representing parties in mediations. Ronan was head of Friary Law’s Mediation Case Management team and assistant accredited mediation trainer from 2008 to 2010.

Ronan is a certified negotiator by the Harvard Program on Negotiation and is consultant negotiator for a number of multi-national companies based in dublin.

Ronan lectures on the Mediation and Negotiation modules on the MA in Dispute Resolution.

Geoffrey Corry BA(Mod) MSc(Mgmt) HDipEd





Geoffrey Corry is a family mediator with the state run Family Mediation Service and has mediated many interpersonal workplace and community disputes. He facilitated over 50 political dialogue workshops at the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation between the 1994 ceasefires and the 2007 St Andrews agreement within the Irish peace process. Former chairperson of the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland.

 Veronica McInerney LLB, PhD (Candidate) BL

Veronica graduated from the University of Limerick with an LL.B (Hons) Degree. Having successfully completed all eight FE1 entrance examinations, Veronica pursued her studies at the Bar and qualified from the Barrister at Law Degree programme at the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns. Veronica is currently a Ph.d candidate at the University of Limerick (UL) where her research focuses on the law governing Assisted Reproductive Technology in Ireland. Veronica formerly tutored at the Law School at UL and also lectures EU Law on the College’s LL.B  degree programme and Research Methods on the College’s MA in Dispute Resolution.

 Anthony Thuillier BA, BL

Anthony graduated from Trinity College with a BA in European Studies before completing his Postgraduate Diploma at the same institution. Having completed his studies at the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns, Anthony was called to the Bar in 2010. Anthony has designed and taught Common Law courses in Humboldt University, Berlin, and Technical University, Dresden, 2010 – 2011.  He qualified as a secondary school teacher of history and French and taught in Belvedere College S.J. Anthony also lectures Company Law on the College’s LL.B degree programme. 

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