Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Since being called in September 1990 I have specialised in all aspects of Employment, Discrimination and Labour law.
I have advised and acted for individual employees, senior executives, solicitors, a barrister, trade union members, multiple claimants group, trade unions, charities, small and medium sized businesses, public listed companies and multi-nationals.
I have represented clients in the Fair Employment Tribunal in relation to religious discrimination (including discrimination on the grounds of membership of the Masonic Order) and political discrimination. I have acted in the industrial tribunals in cases of discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, sexual orientation, sex and race. I have also represented clients in cases involving less favourable treatment of flexible workers, part time workers, agency workers, trade union membership and whistle-blowers.
High Court employment related matters such as restrictive covenant, stress at work, breach of contract, wrongful dismissal, and injunctive relief.
I have also appeared on behalf of pupils, parents, teachers, primary and secondary schools in matters relating to the provision of education, special needs, expulsion appeals, challenges to admission and a full range of employment and discrimination matters.
MA, University of Cambridge
Court of Appeal cases:
Delaney v McMahon  NICA 65 ; illegality
Tenner v PWC  NICA 25 ; disability discrimination acted for partner of limited liability partnership on appeal from tribunal decision
McCann & McCann v Vector & Wallace NICA  NICA 14 ; practice & procedure, Service provision change consultation
Brinks Ireland Ltd v Hines  NICA 32 (24 June 2013) ; acted on behalf of security company transferor relating to date of dismissal under Transfer of undertakings
Spence v Department of Agriculture & Rural Development  NICA 27 ; requirements of internal disciplinary process
McMaster v Antrim Borough Council  NICA 45 ; effect of internal appeal
McGurk v Department for Social Development  NICA 20 ; employee status
Jones v Friends’ Provident Life Office  NICA 36 ; protection against discrimination afforded to claimant who was a company representative under the FSA.
Industrial & Fair Employment Tribunals
Urbanska-Kopowska v Danny McIlroy and Maggie McIlroy  NIIT 01376_08IT ; acted for claimants discriminated on the grounds of nationality (polish) and sex
Long, Gillian Lorraine v Social Security Agency & ors ;  NIIT 1166_08IT in re decision on pre-hearing review; Claim in respect of associated disability discrimination.
Gibson v Police Authority for Northern Ireland & Ors  NIFET 00406_00 ; acted on behalf of claimant alleging discrimination against him on the grounds that he was not a member of the Masonic Order.
McCreight v GMB Union  NIFET 29_07FET ; acted on behalf of leading trade unionist in an allegation of political and religious discrimination against him by his union.
Stewart v Department of Finance & Personnel  NIQB 43 ; breach of employment contract
Fegan v Police Service in Northern Ireland  NIQB 51 ; duty of care regarding advice and recommendations to an employer which affect continued employment
Beattie v Ulster Television Plc  NIQB 36 ; stress at work