About Elemental Consultants, Belfast

Elemental Contract Consultants Limited is a modern construction contract dispute resolution consultancy based in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Elemental Contract Consultants Limited is a modern construction contract, commercial and dispute resolution consultancy, assisting the construction industry throughout Uk and Ireland. Elemental aim to provide effective resolution to construction contractual matters, both non-contentious and contentious, through specialist expertise. Led by our Director, Jarlath Kearney, we can deliver appropriate advice on dealing with any contractual or legal issue giving you peace of mind that your commercial considerations are central to the effective management of any process.
Jarlath Kearney. Director at Elemental Consultants Belfast

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Elemental Contract Consultants Limited was established primarily to provide clients with cost effective advice and representation on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) within the construction industry. ADR comes in many forms, including negotiation, mediation, adjudication, arbitration to name a few. Elemental can rely upon their expertise in legal matters combined with practical skills and knowledge from a background in the construction industry to deliver high quality, effective dispute resolution advice.


BSc(Hons), PGDipArb, PGDipAdj, MRICS, MSCSI, FPD, FCIArb, Accredited Adjudicator, Certified Mediator

Jarlath has built his professional career on the delivery of effective dispute resolution, particularly adjudication and mediation. Jarlath is an Accredited Adjudicator and is also a Certified Mediator and can be appointed by party agreement.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Jarlath is often employed to provide early assessments of claims, both on quantum and liability. As a panel member of the CIArb list of arbitrators, Jarlath has been appointed as sole arbitrator in the resolution of arbitrations. Jarlath is also a Fellow of Prime Disputes, available for appointments through their panel nomination process.


A dual qualified Quantity Surveying and Construction law professional, Jarlath has extensive experience in the management and settlement of major construction adjudications, arbitrations, and mediations/conciliations ranging from large building and civil engineering companies, employers, public bodies and sub-contractors both in the Republic of Ireland and throughout the United Kingdom. Jarlath has been instructed as Expert Witness in significant court cases, delivering his report and evidence on the liability and quantum of contractual claims.
Jarlath has been involved in over 100 adjudications, arbitrations, mediations and conciliations, ranging from civil engineering, building and building services disputes under main contracts and sub-contracts where he has represented clients, main contractors and sub-contractors/suppliers.

Jarlath has extensive experience in delivering many public training seminars and courses on contract law and construction specific topics. Jarlath regularly lectures at Queens University Belfast and Ulster University. He has also provided numerous in-house training seminars tailored to suit individual company’s needs.
As an active member in the Adjudication Society, Jarlath holds the position of Northern Ireland Chairman. He is also involved in the Northern Ireland Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, currently holding the position of Vice-Chairman.