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Family, workplace and commercial mediator, based in Ireland. Founding partner of ARC Mediation, a multidisciplinary mediation practice established in 2010.

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IMI Certified Mediator
Business, Commercial, Estate and probate, Family, Workplace

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My background is as a Telecoms Research Engineer, where I worked as a technical lead on various EU IST programme-funded and nationally-funded research projects involving academic and industrial partners from throughout the EU. In 2008 I decided to train as a mediator, to add what are often considered "soft skills" to my technical knowledge. In mediation I discovered a new passion and a new career. 

In 2010 I founded ARC Mediation with Dr Roisin O'Shea, an Irish mediator and legal academic. Our goal in founding ARC was to create a multidisciplinary mediation practice with mediators who had additional expertise in law, psychology, accountancy, business administration, project management etc. 

The purpose of this expertise is not to advise clients, as that is not a mediator's role. It is to adeptly understand the dispute and our clients' interests better to increase the effectiveness of our mediations and improve the likelihood of success. Since 2010, we have grown in numbers, experience and developed a track record of bringing complex disputes to resolution. 

In the last decade I have completed over 400 different mediations including

  • Family mediation (separation/ divorce);
  • Commercial mediations including breach of contract, business stakeholder & settlement of tort actions;
  • Workplace mediations for a diverse range of businesses including governmental, SMEs and MNCs. 
  • Probate mediations including disputed wills & proprietary estoppel
  • Business succession disputes

I adopt a practical mediation style. ARC's approach is primarily facilitative but we use transformative and evaluative (in a limited sense) where appropriate. ARC exclusively offers co-mediation. We find the best fit of partners and associates to help resolve your dispute. 

Family, Workplace, Civil & Commercial

On application

IMI and Irish Commercial Mediators Association (ICMA)

Training and Education

Participation in the delivery of various mediation and conflict management training courses including: 

  • A 32 Hours Family Mediation course suitable for Irish Family Mediators
  • "Chamber of Commerce Skillnet" training for Workplace Conflict Management 
  • Mentored emerging businesses on conflict management, as part of a Regional Business Leaders Programme. 

Domestic Violence in the District Court
May 29 2019, AFCC - Association of Family & Conciliation Courts Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada. This paper presented empirical research on domestic violence applications and outcomes in the District Court in Ireland. The presentation also reflected on family mediation where there are domestic violence allegations or orders. 


“On Such a Full Sea Are We Now Afloat”: Family Mediation in Practice in the Wake of the Mediation Act 2017, Aug 1 2020, Irish Journal of Family Law

Other relevant publications include empirical studies on legal outcomes in the Irish District Courts for a range of family law applications including: Domestic Violence applications, Child & Spousal maintenance applications. 


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Shane Dempsey
Partner and Operations Manager
ARC Mediation
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