Louise was called to the Bar in 2014 and will accept instructions from 6th March 2015.
During her pupillage Louise gained experience in civil litigation in both the County Court and High Court, covering a broad range cases including road traffic collisions, personal injury, employer’s liability, hearing loss claims and breach of contract and construction disputes.
Much of Louise’s pupillage was also focussed on employment law. She has a thorough grounding in the law on dismissal and discrimination and a sound knowledge of the practice and procedure adopted by the Industrial Tribunal in hearings, case management discussions (CMD) and pre hearing reviews.
Louise also spent time shadowing barristers specialising in chancery, judicial review, family law and criminal law, and is experienced in making applications in the Queen’s Bench Master’s Court.
Prior to her call to the bar, Louise was a PhD Candidate in Queen’s University Belfast, undertaking research in the area of landlord-tenant law with particular focus on the application of contractual principles to disputes between landlords and tenants. These studies are currently on hold, and Louise is keen to use her expertise in this area to develop a chancery practice.
2014; Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies, with Distinction; Queen’s University Belfast
2010 – 2013; PhD Candidate, Landlord – Tenant Law; School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast (Currently on hold.)
2009; LL.M in Human Rights Law, with Distinction; Queen’s University, Belfast
2007; LL.B Honours; Queen’s University, Belfast
Louise has completed the Small Groups Teaching Course in Queen’s University, Belfast, and has undertaken the following teaching:
Louise has delivered a number of conference presentations on areas of law connected with her PhD research:
‘The Right to life shall be secured to everyone by law’; the extent to which the European Court of Human Rights has developed the concept of positive obligations in relation to Article 2., 2 King’s Student L. Rev. 1 (2010) at 103.
Sub-editor, 2010-2012 SLS Bulletin of NI Law, Queens University, Belfast responsible for noting decisions of the Lands Tribunal and Valuations Tribunal.
Additional editorial experience in association with the European Journal of Law and Technology - assisting with structure, formatting and presentation in preparation for publication.