Administrative Law or Judicial Review
My practice is predominantly in the Chancery Court and the Commercial Court.
My main practice areas in these courts include banking, corporate insolvency, personal insolvency, professional negligence and property.
I also appear in the Judicial Review Court, acting on behalf of Government Departments and other public bodies.
Since around 2000 I have been, and I continue to be, a member of the panel of counsel instructed by the Education and Library Board Solicitors to advise and undertake litigation on their behalf.
In April 2004 I was appointed to the Government Civil Panel of Junior Counsel, members of which are retained by the Crown Solicitor’s Office and the Departmental Solicitor’s Office to represent the Northern Ireland Office, Northern Ireland Government Departments and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. I was re-appointed to this panel in 2012.
In 2010, I was appointed to the Panel of Counsel engaged by the Directorate of Legal Services (Health Service). I remain on that panel to date.
In June 2010, I was appointed by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission to be a Legal Member of the Charities Tribunal for Northern Ireland. This Tribunal was established by the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 and will determine matters pertaining to the registration and administration of charities in Northern Ireland.
In 2012, I was appointed to the panel of counsel retained by Her Majesty’s Attorney General for Northern Ireland in matters relating to the public law and the law of charities.
Since 2008 I have been invited to give one of the lectures which form part of the SLS lecture series entitled An Introduction to Chancery Practice. In 2013 I delivered a lecture on current developments in the law of insolvency to Chartered Accountants Ireland.
I am a member of the Chancery and Probate Liaison Committee. This is a committee, chaired by the Chancery Judge, which comprises the Chancery Master, the Bankruptcy Master, members of the Bar, the Solicitors’ profession, and representatives of the insolvency service. The committee considers matters pertaining to the conduct of chancery and probate practice in the Chancery Division of the High Court.
LLB (Hons) University of Nottingham,1993 Certificate in Professional Legal Studies
1994 Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland
1994 Called to the Bar of the Republic of Ireland
2004 Appointed to the Chancery and Probate Liaison Committee
2004 Appointed to the Charity Tribunal for Northern Ireland
Patrick v De Zeeuw and another; in re Patrick’s estate  NICh 37  NI 506 - administration of estates
Northern Bank Ltd v Mallett & another  NICh 7 (22 March 2001) - mortgages and repossession
Weir v Hermon  NICh 8  NIJB 260 (22 March 2001) - injunctions and clubs and associations Levy
Levy McCallum Ltd v Allen (Liquidator of Fulford Hyman Ltd)  NICh 3 (1 May 2007) - insolvency and transaction at undervalue
Mad Projects Ltd v Salvatore Liberante  NICh 1 (7 January 2008) - rectification of contracts
Re BS  NIFam 5 (18 February 2009) - property and human rights
Cusp Ltd v Toni & Guy (Ireland) Ltd  NIQB 90 (6 September 2010) - cross -border insolvency
Clear Homes v Sarcon (No 177) Ltd  NICh 16 (15 September 2010) - contracts for the purchase of land
Murdock v South Eastern Education & Library Board  NICh 18 (9 November 2010) - contracts of employment
Marcus Ward Ltd v Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Ltd  NICh 7 (15 April 2011) - banking and injunctions
Curistan v Keenan & another  NICh 23 (10 November 2011) - banking and administrators
Walsh & others v Bank of Scotland Plc  NIQB 36 (25 April 2012) - banking and injunctions
Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Ltd v Curistan  NIQB 47 (29 June 2012) - banking
Walsh, David Christopher & others v Bank of Scotland plc; in re discovery (no 1)  NIQB 26 (20 January 2013) - commercial - banking - discovery - commercial sensitivity
Walsh, David Christopher & others v Bank of Scotland plc; in re discovery (no 2)  NIQB 51 (28 February 2013) - commercial - banking - discovery - commercial sensitivity
Friends Life Company Limited (formerly AXA Sun Life plc) v Grummett, Gilbert John George Halliday  NIQB 121;  NIJB 1 (24 October 2013) - commercial - rectification of contracts
Nash, Thomas Christopher; in re application for judicial review  NIQB 76 (10 June 2014) - judicial review - prisons - challenge to decision of probation board
Bateman, Geoffrey & others v Birchall Blackburn LLP  NIQB 112 (30 June 2014) - commercial - professional negligence - solicitors - jurisdiction - international law
United Dairy Farmers Limited v Department of Agriculture and Rural Development & another  NICh 22 (27 August 20140 - chancery - pensions - statutory construction
J & N Cowden LLP & others v Ulster Bank Ltd & others  NIQB 138 (16 October 2014) - commercial - banking - injunctions
Conway, John v Cavanagh, John acting as Liquidator of Meteor Control Ltd (in liquidation); The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland v Cavanagh, John acting as Liquidator of Meteor Control International Ltd (in liquidation)  NIQB 141 (5 November 2014) - chancery - insolvency - liquidator - assignment of choses in action
GMJ; in re application for judicial review  NIQB 135 (23 December 2014) - judicial review - firearms
Dunnes Stores (Bangor) Limited v New River Trustee 11 Limited & another  NICh 7 (24 February 2015) - chancery - landlord and tenant - injuctions - derogation from grant
Nash, Thomas; in re application for judicial review  NICA 18 (21 April 2015) - judicial review - prisons - challenge to decision of probation board
Boyd, Arthur as Administrator of the Presbyterian Mutual Society Limited v Stott, Adrian & others practising as J & E Shepherd Chartered Surveyors and WYG Engineering Ltd  NIMaster 10 (10 June 2015) - commercial - banking - jurisdiction - international law
Belfast International Airport Limited v Aer Lingus Limited  NIQB 80 (25 June 2015) - commercial - aviation - contract
Cavanagh, John J v Dolan, William John; in re Latlorcan Developments Ltd (in administration) and in re WL Dolan Construction Ltd (in administration)  NICh 14 (15 June 2015) - chancery - insolvency - administrator - centre of main interests - estoppel
Cavanagh, John Joseph, as Liquidator of Meteor Controls (International) Ltd v Conway, John & another  NIQB 69 (1 July 2015) - chancery - insolvency - liquidator - assignment of chosess in action