Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 1978

KC: 2001

Main Areas of Practice

Commercial Law
Human Rights
Personal Injury
Professional Negligence


Brian was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1978 and took silk in 2001. He is an active member of the Commercial Bar Association, the Criminal Bar Association, the Family Bar Association, the Personal Injury Bar Association and the Judicial Review Group. Brian is a founding member of the Northern Ireland Pro Bono Unit. Brian served for many years on both the Bar and Executive Councils carrying out many functions in support of the profession.


1978; Called to the Bar of the Inn of Court Northern Ireland.

1985; Called to the Bar of Ireland

1987; Called to the Bar of England & Wales at the Middle Temple.

1992; Called to the Bar of New South Wales.

2001; Appointed Queen’s Counsel at the Inn of Court Northern Ireland.

2011; Appointed Senior Counsel at the Bar of Ireland.

2009; Appointed to Senior Panel in Medical Negligence and General Litigation for the Directorate of Legal Services in Northern Ireland.

Appointed part time Chair First Tier Tribunal at Immigration Services Tribunal and Information Rights Tribunal London.


Brian practises in a wide area of Litigation and has done so since 1978. He takes a particular interest in Human Rights Law as applied across various areas of litigation generally including Family Law and Public Inquiries. He was counsel for injured parties in the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in 2000 - 2003. He is also is a qualified Mediator.

Recent notable case include:

MM V United Kingdom [2010] ECHR 1588