Administrative Law or Judicial Review
I am a specialist in the area of Family Law including Ancillary Relief, Wardship, Children Order & Adoption Order cases along with associated Judicial Reviews. I have significant experience at all tiers of the family courts including the Court of Appeal, High Court, Care Centre and Family Proceedings Court. In terms of Public Law Care cases I have been involved in all varieties of cases involving, serious non accidental injuries, death of prior children, sexual abuse, emotional harm and neglect. I act for parents, children, Guardian Ad Litems and am on the DLS Trust panel. I also undertake work in private law cases involving parental disputes and dealing with children in the midst of family breakdown. I have an active practice in divorce and ancillary relief cases.
1994 - 1998: Cambridge University MA Cantab in History & Law
1999; Institute of Professional Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast
1999; Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland
Served on the Committee for the Northern Ireland Medical & Legal Society
2010 - present; Member of the Family Bar Committee
I am a qualified Advocacy Trainer.
D; in re (care order; declaration of religious upbringing)  NIFam 10
Re D, C, C1 & D1 ( care order: threshold: standard of proof) GILC5075
AR v Homefirst Community Trust  NICA 8;  NI 435
Series of Judgments from Mr Justice Stephens under the anonymised names of Caitrin, Dona & Elliot 2010-2012
DXF; in re application for judicial review  NIQB 138 (Judicial Review re Registration on the Child Protection Register)
SH v RD & another  NIFam 2 (Relocation to Australia)
Talk on the Basics of Family Law given on behalf of the Family Bar Association 28 February 2012