Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 1996

Main Areas of Practice

Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Coroners or Inquests


Fionnuala was Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1996 and has an extensive public law practice with particular focus on planning and environmental law, immigration, EU law, human rights and inquests. She has significant advocacy and advisory experience before the higher courts and tribunals in Northern Ireland. Fionnuala regularly appears in inquests and is currently instructed in several high profile ‘legacy’ inquests into deaths which occurred during the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland. Fionnuala regularly advises and appears in EU law cases in judicial review having worked at the Court of Justice of the European Union (1999 – 2002). Fionnuala has been instructed in a number of significant judicial reviews before the High Court and Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland in recent years including those listed in the Experience section below.

Fionnuala is an Associate Tenant at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square Chambers, London





Teaching Experience



Flaneur, Siegnerella & another; in re application for judicial review [2011] NICA 72; [2013] NI 17

Bassey, Emen; in re application for judicial review; Bassey, Emen v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] NICA 67; [2012] NI 218

Guardian Ad Litem (on behalf of JH (a minor)); in re application for judicial review [2013] NIQB 28

Morrison, Maria; in re application for judicial review: The Director of Public Prosecutions; in re application for judicial review [2013] NIQB 67

DJ1 & another; in re application for judicial review [2013] NIQB 20

A & others; in re application for judicial review [2012] NIQB 86


Fionnuala is author of ‘Immigration Law in Northern Ireland, Practice and Procedure’ (Servicing the Legal System Publications, 2011) and is working on a forthcoming publication on Planning and Environmental Judicial Review in Northern Ireland with William Orbinson Q.C. She regularly delivers papers on public law and human rights including, ‘Interfaces in the Law Series, Family Law and Immigration Law, Interfaced or Intertwined?, Inn of Court in Northern Ireland (February 2014), ‘Immigration Law and Interfaces with other areas of practice (EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, automatic deportation and criminal law)’, Law Society of Northern Ireland (May 2014), ‘Domestic case-law developments on Article 8 ECHR and the best interests of the child’, Four Jurisdictions Conference, Middle Temple, London (May 2012).