Shelley Horan

The Bar of Ireland

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I am a practicing barrister and mediator.

My practice involves, inter alia, white-collar crime, regulatory and commercial law matters. 


  • Complex Commercial and Company Litigation / Contractual Disputes / Construction and Environmental
  • Judicial Review / EU and Constitutional law
  • Employment Disputes
  • Financial Services and Regulatory Law
  • Internal /External Investigations
  • Privacy, Data Security and Information Law
  • White-Collar Crime
  • Tribunals


  • Representing a large software company in a multi-million international contractual and intellectual property dispute in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration.
  • Defending Sean FitzPatrick (former CEO and Chairman of Anglo Irish Bank) in two trials for alleged misleading statements made to the Bank’s auditors in relation to over €100 million of director’s loans.
  • Currently representing the Garda Commissioner and over 30 Gardaí in the Disclosures Tribunal which investigates whether members of the Irish Police were targeted or discredited having made a Protected Disclosure.
  • Advisor to a variety of public bodies regarding regulatory and criminal investigations and representing such bodies in litigation (including judicial reviews).
  • Company law inspections.
  • Proceeds of Crime litigation, including those involving multi-million frauds.
  • Tax and insolvency disputes.
  • Investigator in, for example, workplace disciplinary investigations.
  • Misselling litigation (before the Financial Services Ombudsman/Commercial Court)
  • Professional misconduct cases (domestic tribunals and in the superior courts).



Awarding Institution

Date awarded

Masters of Corporate and Commercial Law (Honours)

King’s College London (University of London)


Barrister-at-Law Degree (Honours)


The Honorable Society of the King’s Inns


Bachelor of Civil Laws Degree (Honours)

University College Dublin




I created and directed two courses on Corporate, White-Collar and Regulatory Crime, one in the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns (an Advanced Diploma which deals with the practical side) and one in Trinity College Dublin (an LL.M Module which deals with the academic side) where I held the role of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law .



I am the author of the legal text, Corporate Crime (Bloomsbury Professional, 2011) and the author of two chapters on the EU Regulation of hedge funds in Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (Kluwer, 2012) (one of which pertained to white-collar crime and hedge funds).

I have also had several legal articles published including in publications such as the Bar Review, the Irish Business Law Journal, the Commercial Law Practitioner, Finance Dublin, the Law Society Gazette, the Irish Times, the Sunday Business Post, the Irish Independent and the Company Lawyer.


I was appointed as a member of the Disciplinary Committee for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) (since 2012) and was regularly asked to chair the Committee. I was recently appointed by the CPA to the position of Chair of the Appeals Tribunal (2018).  I have completed an intensive week-long course in Oxford University in Advanced Advocacy (2012). I was recently appointed as a member of the Company Law Review Group (2018) by the Government. In 2012, I became a CEDR Accredited Mediator. Between 2012-2014, I served as the External Examiner for the Institute of Bankers/UCD on Financial Crime Prevention Course (part of which pertained to anti-money laundering compliance). Between 2011 and 2013, I served as a Director on the Board of the Projects Arts Centre –this was a voluntary role for this charity. I was nominated in 2016 by the Charities Regulator to act as a trustee of the board of the beleaguered charity Console although the appointment became redundant once the company was placed in liquidation. I have completed a course on Understanding Financial Markets with Irish Times Training (2011).

I was co-opted by the Chairman of the Bar of Ireland to the Bar Council for 2012-2013, having been placed on several committees (such as external relations) pertaining to the Legal Services Regulation Bill (as it then was). I was subsequently appointed the Bar of Ireland’s Women at the Bar Committee. I have completed a on public speaking with Griffith College (2011).

I have presented on a large range of topics (including in Ireland, Liechtenstein and London) on areas such as contractual disputes, the law of restitution, money laundering, corporate and financial crime, legal services, the law of directors, competition law, corporate insolvency, the proceeds of crime, corruption, company law, the law of funds, commercial litigation, protected disclosures, expert witnesses and civil fraud claims. I have been invited to and have addressed eminent bodies such as the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney General’s Office, the Criminal Assets Bureau (including to its specialised T.A.C.T.I.C. course each year), ComReg, the Environmental Protection Agency, various solicitors firms (including Matheson, Mason Hayes & Curran, William Fry and Beale & Company), the Irish Centre for European Law, the Society of Young Solicitors, the Institute of Directors, the International Association of Defence Counsel, Free Legal Aid Centres, various third-level institutions (such as Trinity College Dublin, King’s Inns, Maynooth University, NUI Galway and the University of Liechtenstein), the Bar of Ireland, the Department of Justice and Law Reform, the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, the Local Authority Solicitors Bar Association, the Irish Women Lawyers Association, the British and Irish Commercial Bar Association, Transparency International and the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development.