Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 1996

Main Areas of Practice

Commercial Law
Criminal Law
Employment Law
Land Law


I was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1996 and have been in practice since then.

Most of my work is in criminal law.

In addition to my work in Northern Ireland, I practised in the Republic of Ireland in 2001-2003 and I worked for a commercial law firm in Budapest, Hungary in 2006-2007.


1995; LL.B (Hons): Queen’s University of Belfast

2000; Postgraduate Diploma in European Law and Policy: University of Ulster

2005; Diploma in Advanced European Legal Practice: Central European University, Budapest

2010; LL.M in US and Global Business Law: Suffolk University Law School, Boston, USA


My cases include:

Court of Appeal:

Wallace, A v Kennedy, Colin Robert [2003] NICA 25 ;[2003] NI 367 (validity of ex parte non-molestation orders)

Higgins, John v Gribben, Michael & another [2005] NICA 54; 2006 NIJB 301 (rectification of a contract for sale of land for mistake.)

R. v. Cromie, Michael [2008] NICA 47 (sentencing in dangerous driving)

R. v. Shannon, Samuel [2008] NICA 38 (sexual Offences Prevention Order powers)

R. v. O Brien, Stephen [2011] NICA 74 (sentencing in cannabis cultivation)

High Court:

Maughan, James; in re (applicant for bail) [2010] NIQB 16; 2012 NIJB 6 (procedure for estreatment in High Court bails)