Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 1995

Main Areas of Practice

Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Commercial Law
Employment Law


Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in September 1995 and the Bar of Ireland in October 1998 Barry has a wide and varied employment law practice covering the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals, County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. Barry has represented clients in complex, high value discrimination claims involving religious belief/political opinion, sex, sexual orientation, race, disability and age as well as unfair dismissal, breach of contract, TUPE, equal pay, whistleblowing, restraint of trade, stress at work cases and employment related injunctive relief proceedings.

Clients include trade union members, senior executives, financial institutions, Universities and other educational organisations, religious bodies, newspaper publications and broadcasters, airlines, government and health care agencies, political organisations, telecommunication operators, members of the hospitality and food industry, multi-nationals and legal professional bodies. Barry has represented employees on behalf of the Equality Commission and is presently a member of the Government Civil Panel (A list) and Directorate of Legal Services Panel (A List).

In addition, Barry also practises in the areas of commercial law (having a strong construction related background), chancery law, public/administrative law and in the area of Environmental Law.


1987; BSc Quantity Surveying, University of Ulster

1988; MSc Constriction Project Management, Heriot-Watt University

1994; LL.B (Hons), University College, Galway

1994; Law Graduate of the Year, University College, Galway

1995; Certificate of Professional Legal Studies, Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast


Reported cases include:

Keogh, Paul v Banbridge and District Citizens Advice Bureau [2014] NICA 32

Holscher, Christian v University of Ulster [2014] NIIT 00780_13IT

Neill, Marie Una v British Airways PLC [2014] NIIT 2431_12IT

Crawford, Heather & anor v Department for Employment and Learning [2014] NICA 26

Nurudeen, Odunyemi v Kana Software [2014] NIIT 00753_13IT

Boomer, Philip v Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance & ors [2013] NIFET 00057_11FET

Colhoun, Malcolm v Schrader Electronics Ltd [2011] NIIT 00352_11IT

Colhoun, Malcolm v Schrader Electronics Ltd [2013] NICA 48

Brinks Ireland Limited v Hines, Adrian [2013] NICA 32

Hines, Adrian v Brinks Ireland Ltd [2012] NIIT 01594_11IT

McCann, John & anor v Vector Facilities Management & anor [2013] NICA 14

Ferris, Jason & anor v Regency Carpet Manufacturing Limited [2013] NICA 26

Fejes, Arpad v William Keys & Sons Limited [2013] NIIT 1687_12IT

Patterson, Helen Isobel Caroline v Courtney, Arnold & anor t/a WM Courtney & Co [2013] NIIT 01182_13IT

McCartney, Catherine v Women Into Politics & anor [2012] NIFET 00153_10FET

Jamieson, Fiona & ors v AIB Group (UK) PLC t/a First Trust Bank [2012] NIIT 01815_10IT

Crawford, Vedar v Board of Governors of St Joseph’s Boys School [2012] NIIT 00547_11IT

Wimpress, Paul v Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland [2012] NIIT 00713_12IT

McLaughlin, Rose Marie v University of Ulster [2010] NIIT 04767_09IT

McClelland, Colin v RTU Limited [2011] NIIT 00357_11IT

Brown, Sean v U105 Ltd [2011] NIIT 00410_11IT

Scates, Alex v Allied Bakeries Ireland [2011] NIIT 02695_10IT

Chakraborty, Dr Shyam v University of Ulster & ors [2011] NIFET 00063_10FET

Chakraborty, Dr Shyam v University of Ulster & ors [2012] NIFET 00063_10FET

Thomas, Marion v Griffin, Nick as representative of the British National Party [2011] NIIT 00771_11IT

McFerran, Brendan v Invest NI [2009] NIIT 423_08IT

McFerran, Brendan v Invest NI; in re decision on costs [2010] NIIT 00423_08IT

Cousins, Wesley v NFU Mutual Insurance Society Ltd [2010] NIIT 214_10IT

Robertson, Angela Suzanne v Northern Ireland Institute for the Disabled [2008] NIIT 396_06IT

Holdsworth, Gillian v Right Price Carpets & Furniture Ltd [2008] NIIT 1928_07IT

Graham, Paul v HFC Bank Ltd; in re decision on pre-hearing review [2007] NIFET 36_06

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Limited v Connor, Robert [2007] NICA 55

Emerson, John William v Northern Ireland Ambulance Service [2005] NIFET 184_03FET

Donnelly, Jeannette v McAnerney Brothers Limited & anor [2003] NIIT 2457_01

Clancy, Sedanta v Sainsbury Supermarkets Ltd [2002] NIIT 1587_01

Vendo PLC v Adams, Mervyn [2002] NICh 3; [2002] NI 95