Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Coroners or Inquests
Since being called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2015, Leah has gained advocacy experience across a range of practice areas and at all tiers of court. She has particular experience of criminal defence work, regularly appearing for defendants in the Magistrates Court. She has also acted in an advisory capacity, having previously been instructed by a financial lender regarding private prosecutions in cases involving allegations of fraud under both the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 and the Fraud Act 2006.
Leah also has experience in coronial law. She recently drafted an opinion on the merits of an application to the Attorney General to re-open a legacy inquest involving allegations of collusion between state security forces and paramilitaries.
Within the civil sphere, Leah has experience in professional negligence, medical negligence, personal injury, chancery and company law and is keen to expand her practice in these areas. She has further experience in both individual and corporate insolvency proceedings, acting for both creditors and debtors. She was recently appointed to the Government Civil D Panel.
Leah is currently involved in the ongoing public inquiry into the Renewable Heat Incentive.
In addition to practicing in these areas, Leah has an academic interest in both criminal and civil law and was appointed as a tutor/examiner on the modules ‘Criminal Law’ and ‘Introduction to the Law of Torts’ at Queen’s University Belfast School of Law.
Leah is currently accepting instructions in all practice areas. Her areas of particular interest are: Criminal, Personal Injury, Coroners/Inquests, Licensing, Administrative/Judicial Review, Commercial, Employment Law, Company Law, Insolvency, Chancery, Extradition and Immigration.
Leah was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2018.
2014; LL.B. Law with Politics, First Class Honours, Queen’s University, Belfast
2015; P.G. Dip Professional Legal Studies, Commendation, Institute of Professional Legal Studies
2015; Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland
2016; Appointed as Committee Member of the Young Bar Association - Equality/Charity/Pro-bono Secretary
2016; Appointed to the Attorney-General’s Junior Counsel Panel
2017; Appointed to the Government Civil D Panel
2018: Called to the Bar of Ireland
2015; First Place, Bencher’s Advocacy Prize
2013; Mini-Pupillage, Deans Court Chambers, Preston (Criminal)
2013; Mini-Pupillage, 7 Harrington Street Chambers, Liverpool (Criminal)
‘Defendant’s Costs Orders in Crown Court Cases’ CPD Lecture delivered to local Solicitors at the Criminal Law Conference 2016.