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:
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
Appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the validity of an Administrator’s appointment.
Injunction to restrain a winding up petition
Defending application to strike out a Bankrupcy Petition
Entitlement to join Defendants to proceedings by way of counterclaim.
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.
A claim based on the doctrine of restraint of trade subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court.
Enforcing personal guarantee and a legal charge
Injunction application to restrain blasting operations at a quarry
Injunction concerning shareholders dispute and dispute over a shareholder’s agreement
Product liability claim in respect of glue supplied to a kitchen unit manufacturer
Enforceability of pre-emptive rights in respect of vested land
Contractual claim for around £50M connected to certain PFI agreements
Commercial Action seeking repayment of disputed loan
Libel action concerning the use of the amends procedure