The Government has appointed Ms Rowena Mulcahy to the post of Taxing Master on an interim basis, pending the establishment of the Office of Legal Costs Adjudicator provided for in the recently published Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011.

The vacancy arises following the retirement of one of the two Taxing Masters, Mr James Flynn in December 2011. Mr Declan O’Neill was appointed to take this position on December 13.

Ms Mulcahy is a partner in Mulcahy Robinson Solicitors with over 25 years experience in practice acting in a very broad range of civil law matters. She is a highly experienced arbitrator, serving as Deputy Chair of the Board of Management of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, and is former chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Irish Branch. She is a member of the Panel of the Arbitrators of the Law Society of Ireland. She is a member of the Commission on Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Paris and Rapporteur for Ireland on the ICC Task Force on the National Rules of Procedure for the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards under the UN Convention, 1958. She is also a member of the Irish Commercial Mediation Association and has advised individuals and companies in the public and semi – state sector on arbitration and ADR related matters.

Ms Mulcahy was appointed following an open competition conducted by the Public Appointments Service.