Joseph Dalby SC is an English & Welsh, and Irish, barrister, practicing civil, commercial and European law, full time in the English and Irish jurisdictions, and internationally on domestic, cross-border and international matters within his areas of experience.

This includes: Advocacy before the English and Irish Courts, tribunals, arbitrations and regulatory bodies, and Specialist advice in EU, UK, and Irish law.

Joseph’s practice covers commercial, business regulation, chancery/private client, administrative law, and dispute resolution.

20+ years experience as advocate and former solicitor, involved in litigation, drafting and negotiation.

Familiar with a multitude of issues, including construction of contractual terms, implied terms, misrepresentation and mistake, breach, frustration, accord and satisfaction, etc.

Regularly and frequently called up to litigate or defend claims for debt recovery, damages, specific performance, and equitable remedies. Can advise on choice of law and jurisdiction.

Key cases

Past cases include numerous commercial contracts such it be agency and distribution, shareholders/investors, merger and acquisitions, service level, sale of goods, property transaction, consumer contracts, or those dealing with confidentiality, data, intellectual property or employment. Have also advised or acted on related areas such a competition law, building and construction, electronic commerce, financial services, fraud, public procurement and concessions. Occasionally required to prepare or review terms of trade, or network conditions.

Contributor to Force Majeure and Frustration in Commercial Contracts by Ben Symons (Bloomsbury, 2022)

Student Transport Scheme Ltd v The Minister for Education and Skills & Anor [2012] IEHC 425, [2015] IECA 303, [2016] IECA 152

Harley Medical Group (Irl) Ltd v Companies Acts 1963-2012 [2013] IEHC 219

McCoy v McCoy & Anor [2013] IEHC 82

Gaswise Ltd v Dublin City Council [2014] IEHC 56

Willmott Dixon Partnership Ltd v London Borough of Hammersmith and Defendant Fulham [2014] EWHC 3191 (TCC)

Further information

Occasional internal continuing professional development seminars to legal professionals (continuing)

“Local Authorities and the Duty to Consult” to London Boroughs Legal Alliance (2014)

“Local Authorities and Electronic Procurement” to London Boroughs Legal Alliance (2014)

“Conducting a Lawful Procurement Process II” to King’s Inns Advanced Diploma in Public Procurement Law (2014)

“Public Procurement From The Perspective of Public Bodies”, Corporate & Public Lawyers Association (2011)

“Secondary Policies in Public Procurement” to ISEL Procurement Law Forum (2011)

“Performance Bonds – ‘Virtual Promissory Notes’?”, UCD Commercial Law Centre (2009)

Occasional training seminars for civil servants (2005 to date) (2005)

Regular speaker at continuing professional development courses through the mid-1990s (1995)

Degree in Law – LL.B. (Honours), London South Bank University, 1987
Licence speciale en droit europeen (Masters Degree in European Law), Universite Libre de Bruxelles, 1996
Barrister – Called to the Bar of England and Wales, Middle Temple,1988
Barrister – Called to the Bar of Ireland, 1993 to 2000, and then from 2008 to date
Solicitor – Admitted as Solicitor of the Law Society of Ireland, 2000 to 2007

Appointments & Memberships

Panellist accredited by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, Geneva for Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy administrative proceedings
Panellist accredited by the Czech Arbitration Court, Prague for .eu Alternative Dispute Resolution Proceedings