DKA Solicitors - About Damien Keogh

Damien Keogh

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“Damien Keogh is one of Ireland’s “Leading Individuals” in construction law.”

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Damien Keogh is "One of Ireland’s Top Legal Practicioners advising on Construction Law, as chosen by his Peers"

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“Damien Keogh is extremely knowledgeable. He offers a level of responsiveness that goes beyond the norm, and is a strong voice to bring to the table.”

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Damien Keogh has extensive contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering law experience advising clients in bringing construction and engineering projects from inception to conclusion.


Damien is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading construction and engineering lawyers with vast experience in all aspects of dispute resolution in construction, engineering and energy claims including litigation, arbitration, conciliation, mediation, adjudication and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  Damien is a “Leading Individual” in Construction law as ranked by the Legal 500, and a “Leader in his field” and “among the World’s leading Construction lawyers” as ranked by Who’s Who Legal: Construction.  Damien was also “chosen by his peers” in the Construction and Real Estate Expert Guide as “one of Ireland’s top legal practitioners advising on construction law”.


Damien often does his own advocacy, rendering it unnecessary for clients to instruct Counsel, particularly in conciliation, mediation and adjudication. Damien is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a lecturer in Arbitration Law at Trinity College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland and frequently acts as an Arbitrator in both domestic and international commercial arbitrations. Damien has been appointed as sole arbitrator, Chairperson and co-arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations seated in the Middle-East.  Damien is also a trained mediator, adjudicator and conciliator. Damien is an Accredited Mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Damien is also a Certified Adjudicator with the CIArb.  Damien is also co-author of one of Ireland’s leading textbooks on adjudication under the Construction Contracts Act 2013.


Damien acts on behalf of all stakeholders in construction, engineering and energy projects including contractors, sub-contractors, design consultants, employers, developers and lenders. Damien also advises on procurement litigation matters specifically relating to construction and engineering projects.


Damien’s construction law experience and expertise is complimented by his personal experience of having worked in the construction industry prior to qualifying as a lawyer and this is what sets DKA Solicitors apart as the client’s choice construction lawyers.


Education & Qualifications:

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
     

  • Lecturer in Arbitration Law, Trinity College Dublin
     

  • Lecturer in Arbitration Law, The Law Society of Ireland
     

  • CEDR Accredited Mediator
     

  • CIArb Accredited Mediator
     

  • Member of the Society of Construction Law
     

  • University College Dublin (Bachelor of Commerce)
     

  • University College Dublin (Master of Business Studies)
     

  • Leeds Metropolitan University (Masters in Construction Law and Arbitration)
     

  • Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland
     

  • Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising)

Some Publications:

  • Adjudication: Construction Contracts Act 2013 - Practice and Procedure, due to be released in June 2020 by Routledge (Informa Law) Publishers
     

  • The Arbitration Act 2010: Introduction and Explanatory Notes; published by Matheson, 2010
     

  • NCC – The Arbitration Pitfall, Plan Magazine, January 2006
     

  • ADR Guide 2015, Co-Author, Law Society of Ireland 2015
     

  • Net Contribution Clauses in Collateral Warranties, Engineers Ireland Magazine, March 2006
     

  • Successful Delay and Disruption Claims: Presenting the Claim, published in Irish Construction Industry Magazine, July 2013
     

  • Successful Delay and Disruption Claims: Recording the Proof, published in Irish Construction Industry Magazine, August 2013
     

  • Legal Issues in FIDIC Contracts, Energy Ireland, April 2012
     

  • Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014, Special Report 2015, Construction Information Services
     

  • Strategic Development Zones, Irish Times, Sept 2014
     

  • The Construction Industry in Ireland, Euromoney’s Construction & Real Estate Expert Guide 2015
     

  • Numerous publications on arbitration and construction law in construction and property magazines, and newspapers between 2002 to date