Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 1982

KC: 2006

Main Areas of Practice

Commercial Law
Defamation Law or Privacy Law
Land Law
Professional Negligence


I have increasingly specialised in commercial law and professional negligence, especially involving solicitors. Extensive experience in land law including rights of way, prescription and restrictive covenants. Acted for UTV and BBC in privacy defamation applications and actions. Advise numerous public bodies on matters of procurement and public law. Wide experience of appellate work, especially in employment law. Counsel in the landmark civil action involving the Omagh bombing. Also involved in medical negligence on behalf of the Health Trusts and in numerous personal injury cases, including higher value cases requiring Periodical Payment Orders. Appointed arbitrator with MIB since 2006. Coronorial experience at inquest and judicial review. Instructed in the hyponatraemia inquiry. Increasing adjudication and construction law practice.


1981; LL.B (Wales)

1982; Certificate in Professional Legal Studies Queen’s University, Belfast.

1982; Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland.

2006; Called to the Inner Bar .

Member of the Crown Senior Panel.

MIB Arbitrator.

Member of the Coroner’s senior panel.

Member of the senior panel for Health & Social Services Trust (DLS).

NI representative of British Irish Commercial Bar Association.


Breslin, Mark & ors v McKenna, Seamus & ors [2009] NIQB 50 (Omagh Bombing 1) (Landmark civil case on trespass to person)

Breslin, Mark & ors v McKenna, Seamus & ors [2007] NICA 14; [2007] NI 201 (Production of documents)

Breslin, Martin & ors v Murphy, Michael & anor [2013] NIQB 35 (Omagh Bombing 2) (Retrial against two of the original five defendants)

Breslin, Mark & ors v Murphy, Michael & anor [2012] NIQB 69 (Taking of evidence outside the jurisdiction)

Norbrook Laboratories Ltd v Maguire, Peter and Trainor, Gerard [2012] NICh 32 (Rights acquired by prescription)

PH v Department for Social Development [2013] NICom 50 (Policeman’s entitlement to benefits after bombing)

Quinn Finance v Lyndhurst Development & ors [2012] NICh 13 (Recusal)

McGreechan v BBC (Article 10 rights of broadcaster) - CA judgment awaited

Heyn Group v McLaren 4th May 2012 GIL8468 (Construction of documents)

Hewitt and others v O’Neill Lands Tribunal [2008] R/17/2006 (Restrictive covenants)

Assets Recovery Agency v Lovell [2009] NICA 27 (Assets Recovery)

McCormick, Steven v Short Brothers plc [2010] NICA 14 (Unfair dismissal)

Fitzpatrick, Bernard & ors v Sarcon (no 177) Ltd [2012] NICh 10 (Rescission of building agreement)

DM (a person under disability); in re application for judicial review [2012] NIQB 98 (Judicial review on provision of social care)


Article in Folio on Restrictive Covenants 2007