Barrister Profile



Year of Call: 1998

KC: 2020

Main Areas of Practice

Commercial Law
Personal Injury
Professional Negligence


I have a broad civil practice covering commercial/chancery matters combined with considerable personal injury experience including a particular interest in clinical negligence. I regularly provide advice in contentious and non-contentious commercial matters including intellectual property. I particularly specialise in public procurement, construction disputes, insolvency related litigation, professional negligence claims and disputes between shareholders. I am also regularly instructed in banking related litigation and practise in defamation and libel. I have acted in many cases before the Court of Appeal and have appeared before the Supreme Court. I am comfortable in using alternative dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration.


I graduated from Queens University in 1997 with a degree in Law and Accounting and was called to the Bar in 1998. I was appointed to the Commercial Committee providing assistance to the Gillen Civil and Family Justice Review. I am also a Member of the Government Civil Senior Panel and appointed to the Panel of Counsel retained by the Directorate of Legal Services.


Some examples of recent cases include:

CSC Computer Sciences Limited trading as DXT Technology v Business Services Organisation and Others [2019] NIQB 18

Injunction application in a procurement challenge seeking to restrain the award of a contract worth £100M+ for a computer database for NHS patients in Northern Ireland

Quinn v Cloughvalley Stores [2019] NICA 5

Appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the validity of an Administrator’s appointment.

Lagan Holdings v Lagan Construction [2019] NICh 10

Injunction to restrain a winding up petition

Brennan v Ulster Bank [2019] NICh 9

Defending application to strike out a Bankrupcy Petition

McIlroy Rose v McKeating [2019] NICh 13

Entitlement to join Defendants to proceedings by way of counterclaim.

Bam McCann v Department for Infrastructure [2018] NIQB 68

Acting for the Plaintiff in a successful procurement challenge concerning a contract worth over £110m in respect of the York Street Interchange. Later in 2019 successfully defending the Appeal against the decision at first instance.

Peninsula Securities v Dunnes Stores (Bangor) Limited [2018] NICA 7

A claim based on the doctrine of restraint of trade subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court.

Ulster Bank v Caldwell [2018] NICh 22

Enforcing personal guarantee and a legal charge

Drennan v Walsh [2018] NICh 3

Injunction application to restrain blasting operations at a quarry

Cuthbert v Clinishare [2018] NICh 13

Injunction concerning shareholders dispute and dispute over a shareholder’s agreement

BA Kitchen Components Ltd v JOWAT UK Limited [2018] NICA 51

Product liability claim in respect of glue supplied to a kitchen unit manufacturer

Portavo Estates v Northern Ireland Water [2017] NICh 2

Enforceability of pre-emptive rights in respect of vested land

Glen Water v Northern Ireland Water Limited [2016] NIQB 55 and [2017] NIQB 20

Contractual claim for around £50M connected to certain PFI agreements

Ulster Bank v Finnegan [2016] NIQB 40

Commercial Action seeking repayment of disputed loan

Elliot v Flanagan [2016] NIQB 8

Libel action concerning the use of the amends procedure