Brian Speers

Northern Ireland

At the Commonwealth Law Conference in Livingstone, Zambia in 2019 Brian was elected as President of the CLA.

In 2010 – 11 he served as President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland (LSNI).  He is now Treasurer of the LSNI.

Brian practices as a solicitor in Belfast, Northern Ireland where he is managing partner of CMG Cunningham Dickey Solicitors.  He works mostly in property development transactions which include site acquisition and financing, planning and development.

He is one of the most experienced legal mediators in Northern Ireland.

He has devised and teaches the ADR and mediation training programme for solicitors, barristers and judges run by the Institute of Professional Legal studies at Queen’s University, Belfast.  He is the Chair of the Law Society Mediation Service administered by the Law Society of Northern Ireland. He was on the Mediation sub Committee for the Review of Civil Justice in Northern Ireland conducted by Lord Justice Gillen and was the UK nominated mediation expert to the CCBE (Bar Associations across Europe) for their publication of a guide to mediation for lawyers.

He is a long-time member of the Education Committee of the LSNI and has undertaken vocational training review for qualification as a solicitor in Northern Ireland.

In April 2021 Brian was appointed as the inaugural Chair of the Ethics Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation.