Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 1993

Main Areas of Practice

Commercial Law
Company Law
Personal Injury
Professional Negligence


Wide ranging High Court and Appellate practice, County Court work and Coroners’ Inquests.

Outside interests include rugby, sailing and fishing.


1989; 2:1 Jurisprudence, Oxford University

1991; Called to Bar of England & Wales

1991; Astbury Scholar, Middle Temple, London

1993; Called to Bar of Northern Ireland


More notable cases (to judgment) include:

Magill, Mary Bernadette v Ulster Independent Clinic & others; in re Magill, Brian (deceased) [2010] NICA 33; [2010] NIJB 1; medical negligence action; liver surgery.

Forty-seven consecutive days in High Court where I represented two consultants through action and Plaintiff’s appeal.

Odyssey Cinemas Limited v Village Theatres Three Limited & another [2010] NICh 1 , and on appeal, Odyssey Cinemas Limited v Village Theatres Three Limited & another [2010] NICA 25; 2011 NIJB 67; valuable commercial lease; misrepresentation; fraud allegation; landlord & tenant law.

Causby, Harry v Seagoe Technologies Limited [2009] NIQB 24; employer’s liability.

Leading Northern Ireland decision on manual handling law. I acted for the successful plaintiff.

Lennon, Charles Richard Alan v MS (NI) Limited & others [2005] NICh 2; company law action; minority shareholder’s petition; injunction; discovery issues; Hoffmann Offer; issues surrounding expert valuation of shareholding; adjustment of value in lieu of interest.

Selfridge, John v Northern Health and Social Care Trust [2013] NIQB 103, and Selfridge, John v Northern Health and Social Services Trust [2013] NIQB 134; medical negligence action; causation issue; expert evidence; costs issues.