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About us

About us

The German-Irish Lawyers and Business Association (GILBA) is a bilateral professional association, which currently has ca. 200 members mostly based in Germany and Ireland. GILBA provides lawyers, tax consultants, accountants and business people, active in both Ireland and Germany, with a forum for the exchange of information and expertise. Founded on the 18th of June 1988 in Bonn as a registered charitable association under German Law, the association was introduced to the Irish public 2 years later on the 28th of March 1990 by then German Ambassador, Dr Helmut Rückriegel, before 140 guests in the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland in Blackhall Place.

GILBA aims to foster and promote personal and professional links between German and Irish members. The highlight of each year is the annual themed conference, which offers members from Germany and Ireland the opportunity to engage with colleagues and renowned expert speakers from the worlds of law, politics, business, science and the arts. In addition, GILBA offers further opportunities to interact throughout the year in the form of thematic seminars, cultural events and networking get-togethers. GILBA also facilitates exchange between young professionals by, in particular, supporting legal trainees in finding traineeships in law firms.


Please click here to see the Articles of our Association (Constitution): Satzung der DIJW

Please click here to see the GILBA Privacy Notice: Datenschutzerklärung

Please click here to get our: DIJW / GILBA Flyer




Executive Board:

  • Hilkka Becker

  • Dr. Michael Hördt

  • Enda Jordan

  • Marcus Metz

  • Thomas Schmidt

Member of the supportive committee:

  • Fionnuala Crocker

  • Lothar Köhl

  • Enya Levy

  • Gabi Scholz

  • Maike Schwiddessen

  • Mareike Zackariat




In recognition of his long-standing commitment to German-Irish relations and his tireless commitment to GILBA, Elmar Conrads-Hassel is appointed honorary chairman of the association.



Geschäftsstelle in Deutschland

c/o Dr. Michael Hördt

Bahnstr. 23

63225 Langen (Hessen)



Office in Ireland

c/o Anna Hickey
Philip Lee LLP
Connaught House
One Burlington Road
Dublin 4
D04 C5Y6