Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Ashleigh was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2008 and since then has enjoyed a varied practice, with a focus on civil litigation.
2008; Called to Bar of Northern Ireland
2012-Present; Appointed to the GLS Civil Panel
2018; Called to the Irish Bar 2018
Commercial and Chancery
Ashleigh advises and represents both Plaintiffs and Defendants in Commercial and Chancery actions, together with representing clients in the County Court. This work is wide-ranging including debt disputes, contract law, and issues such as construction, partnership disputes, leasehold and boundary issues.
Ashleigh has an insolvency practice acting for creditors predominantly, but also debtors. Ashleigh not only acts in litigation concerning these matters but also in advising and forward planning with clients.
Ashleigh has expertise in Competition Law and is actively instructed as Counsel for a large number of Plaintiffs in significant ‘follow-on’ actions following a decision of anti-competitive behaviour by the European Commission. These cases are currently before the High Court.
Ashleigh has extensive experience in personal injury cases, particularly in respect of employer’s liability, at both the County Court and High Court level, representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants, giving a valuable sense of balance and perspective to her work and advice.
Ashleigh has experience in acting in cases with international aspects, be that non-resident parties or causes of action in other jurisdictions.
Ashleigh has had a plethora of experience in advisory work and litigation concerning construction of legislation and enforcement of statutory schemes.
She has experience of acting in matters before the Court of Appeal, Upper Tribunal, Lands Tribunal and a breadth of experience of different issues addressed by way of Judicial Review proceedings.
Experience has been obtained in various commercial sectors including in particular haulage, energy and property. Ashleigh has advised on government policy and litigated in administrative or public law cases on behalf of various parties.
Ashleigh accepts instructions in ancillary relief proceedings and has a busy ancillary relief practice before Master Sweeney and the District Judges. She has considerable experience in negotiating settlements for clients. Ashleigh has particular experience in resolving matters where family businesses and/or insolvency are central to the issues to be resolved.
Ashleigh is keen to develop her clinical negligence experience and has already gained experience in dental negligence, issues of misdiagnosis and obstetrics and gyneacology negligence.
In 2012 Ashleigh was admitted to the GLS civil panel and since then has a wealth of experience acting in many matters on behalf of various government departments. Examples of this include employer’s liability, insolvency, prison law, enforcement of statutory instruments and issues of a proprietary nature including statutory charges and rating legislation.
Ashleigh is an active member of the Personal Injuries Bar Association Committee; and Bar Charity Association Committee.
She is also former delegate of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Ireland Programme.