Niav is a Partner in the Infrastructure, Construction and Utilities Group at Arthur Cox, where she heads the construction and engineering team. Niav has been specialising in construction for over 20 years and has accumulated a wealth of experience in advising on the various issues that can arise at all stages across a range of projects and sectors, both contentious and non-contentious, including accommodation (education, health, justice, housing), transport (road, rail, air, port), energy (conventional and renewables), and water and waste water projects, as well as work for commercial and retail clients and for the manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors.
Over the last 15 years, Niav has also developed expertise in health and safety, particularly as it affects those working in construction, and regularly advises clients in this area. She is a lecturer on the Diploma in Health and Safety in Construction at Trinity College, Dublin and co-author of the Irish chapter in Corporate Liability: Work Related Death and Criminal Prosecutions (Bloomsbury, 2014), as well as current chair of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association of Ireland.
Niav is a regular speaker at conferences and also presents seminars to the Construction Industry Federation and the various professional bodies (SCS, RIAI, Engineers Ireland and ACEI), as well as to clients. She chairs the Irish branch of the Adjudication Society and is a member of the Engineers Ireland Dispute Resolution Board.
Team head Niav O'Higgins is 'conscientious and knowledgeable.'
The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2016
Niav O'Higgins is a 'really excellent' practitioner who receives glowing praise for her 'vast experience, giving advice on how to deal with sensitive issues.'
Chambers Europe: Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016
Renowned construction and engineering expert Niav O'Higgins advises on many contentious and non-contentious matters. ... Sources are widely impressed by her expertise, stating: 'She has a commanding grasp of the sector.'
Chambers Europe: Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2015
At Arthur Cox, construction head Niav O'Higgins' main strength is her ability to give practical advice then to guide the client through the process of achieving that outcome.
The Legal 500, Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2014