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Our Members

James MacGuill (Ireland) (Leader)

International Member , Perren Buildings, London

Partner , MacGuill and Co, Solicitors Dublin, Ireland


James MacGuill is a founding member of the International Section of Perren Buildings Chambers. He is a criminal defence practitioner based in Dublin, Ireland. James MacGuill has previously been appointed by the U.N. to appear before the Special Court in Sierra Leone. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the European Criminal Bar Association and continues to take an interest in their activities. He is a member of the Criminal Law Committee of the CCBE and is a nominee of that body on the Justice Forum of the European Commission. He is a frequent participant in and a contributor to conferences on international human rights and criminal law.


Education and Qualifications
: BCL (Hons) University College Cork 1983
: Admitted as a Solicitor Republic of Ireland 1986
: Admitted as a Solicitor Northern Ireland
: Diploma in Arbitration 1991
: Notary Public 1996

Professional Bodies
: Elected Member of Council of the Law Society of Ireland 1990 to date
: Past Chairman and currently Consultant to the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland
: Chairman Law Society Task Force on the Incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into Irish Domestic Law
: Chairman Moneylaundering Task Force Law Society of Ireland

Government Committees

: Law Society Representative on National Crime Forum under the Chairmanship of Judge Brian McMahon 1990 - 1993
: Law Society Nominee on the Committee for the Review of Criminal Legal Aid under the Chairmanship of Judge Buchannan 1997 - 2002
: Law Society Nominee working group on the Jurisdiction of the Criminal Courts under the Chairmanship of Mr. Justice Niall Fennelly 2002 – to date

: Law Society Representative to the Conference of the formation of an International Criminal Bar in Montreal June 2002
: Member of the European Criminal Bar Association
: Member of the International Bar Association Committee 6
: Member National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers (USA)
: Member Amnesty International
: Participant in Advanced Courses both in USA and Ireland under auspices of National Institute for Trial Advocacy
: Member of the US National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers
: Member of the International Criminal Bar
: Member of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Trial Experience
Since qualification James has practised full time as a solicitor advocate appearing before every level of Court in the Republic of Ireland particularly in the areas of Criminal law, Public law, Administrative/Constitutional law, Judicial Review and Extradition. He has extensive experience appearing before the Special Criminal Court, a Non Jury Court used to try subversive paramilitary crime.

James has been involved in co-operating with lawyers from many foreign jurisdictions in relation to criminal cases, including co-operating with lawyers in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, the Slovak Republic and Panama.

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