Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 1978

KC: 1996

Main Areas of Practice

Commercial Law
Defamation Law or Privacy Law
Personal Injury
Professional Negligence


I was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1978 and became a Q.C. in 1996. I am also a member of the Bar of Ireland. My specialist areas of practice include Commercial Law, Personal Injuries Law, Media Law, including Defamation, Privacy and Contempt cases, Judicial Review, Chancery Law and Public Inquiries


Appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 1996

Former Chairman of the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland

Appointed as a Fellow of the International Association of Trial Lawyers (IATL)

Member of the Government Legal Services Northern Ireland Senior Civil Panel

Former Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Bar of Northern Ireland

Member of Legal Services Commission

Bencher of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland

Accredited Mediator, London School of Mediation, July 2016


Breslin, Mark and others v McKenna, Seamus and others [2009] NIQB 50

Breslin, Mark and others v McKevitt, John and others [2011] NICA 33

JR1 (a minor); in re application for Judicial Review [2011] NIQB 5

Bonner Properties Limited v McGurran Construction Limited [2008] NICh 16

Murray and another v Foyle Meats Limited (Northern Ireland) [1999] UKHL 30; 1999 NI 291; 2000 1 AC 51; 1999 3 WLR 356; 1999 3 All ER 769

Convery v The Irish News Ltd [2008] NICA 14


Chairperson of the Royal Dental Hospital Inquiry (2011) - Dental Hospital Enquiry Executive Summary July 2011