Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 1973

KC: 1989

Main Areas of Practice

Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Commercial Law
Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution
Professional Negligence


After graduating in law from Cambridge University in 1972 Nick was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1973. He took silk in 1989 and since then has practised mainly In high-value professional negligence, commercial and banking/insolvency litigation, but also in the fields of tax, pensions, judicial review (particularly in a commercial/regulatory context), chancery, procurement, and defamation/privacy.

He successfully led the defence team in a large and complex group litigation action (the Northern Ireland police PTSD group action).

In recent years his clients have included: Belfast Harbour Commissioners, the Parole Commission for Northern Ireland, the Assets Recovery Agency, the Chief Constable of the PSNI, Government Departments, most of the main Northern Ireland banks, a wide range of solicitors, architects, engineers surveyors and other professionals, and many of Northern Ireland’s leading private sector companies.

In 2011 he became a CEDR accredited mediator and since then has acted as mediator in a number of commercial mediations covering the fields of professional negligence, banking, property and shareholder disputes. He has also regularly acted as counsel on behalf of parties to mediations in these areas of law.


1972; BA (law) Cambridge University

1973; Called to Northern Ireland Bar

1984-89; Junior Crown Counsel for Northern Ireland

1989; QC (Northern Ireland)

1993-2012; Assessor of compensation in miscarriage of justice cases (Northern Ireland)

1996; Called to Irish Bar

1998-2004; Counsel to the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly

2005; Bencher of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland

2011; CEDR Accredited Mediator


Aurora Leasing Limited v Colliers International Belfast Limited [2013] NIQB 116

Brewster, Denise v Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee; Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland (notice party) [2013] NICA 54

Irish Waste Services Ltd v Northern Ireland Water Ltd & ors [2013] NIQB 41

The Pensions Regulator & anor v Desmond, Annick [2013] NICA 62

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited v Curistan, Peter Gerard [2012] NIQB 47

Curistan, Peter Gerard v Keenan, Thomas Martin & anor [2011] NICh 23

McDonald, James Oliver v McKenna, Nicholas & ors [2012] NICh 24

United Dairy Farmers Limited; in re application for judicial review [2011] NIQB 3

Outlet Recording Company v Thompson, Brian & ors p/a Elliott, Duffy, Garrett Solicitors & ors [2011] NIQB 21

Outlet Recording Company v Thompson, Barry F & ors p/a Elliott Duffy Garrett (a firm) & ors; Outlet Recording Company v Toner, Henry & anor [2011] NIQB 24

Traffic Signs and Equipment Limited v Department for Regional Development & anor [2011] NIQB 25

King, Drew Robert v Sunday Newspapers Limited [2010] NIQB 107; [2012] NI 1

King, Drew Robert v Sunday Newspapers Limited [2011] NIQB 101

CPNI; in re application for judicial review [2011] NIQB 132

McCall, Philip Norman & anor v Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Revenue and Customs; in re McClean, Eileen (deceased) [2009] NICA 12; [2009] NI 245

McClurg, Charles Wayne & ors v Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary; in re Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Group Action [2007] NIQB 54

McClurg, Charles Wayne & ors v Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary; in re lead case of Hepburn, Robert [2009] NICA 33

Federal Security Services Limited v Northern Ireland Court Service & anor [2009] NIQB 15

AES Kilroot Power Limited; in re application for judicial review [2008] NIQB 62

Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise v Isherwood, Derek B S [2008] NIQB 104; [2009] NIJB 267

Sweeney, Seymour v Lagan Developments Limited & ors [2007] NICA 11

Tweed v Parades Commission for NI [2006] UKHL 53; [2007] 1 AC 650; [2007] NI 66; [2007] 2 WLR 1; [2007] 2 All ER 273

Mallusk Cold Storage Ltd v Department of Finance & Personnel; Anglo Beef Processors Ltd v Department of Finance & Personnel [2006] NICA 50; [2008] NIJB 209

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; in re [2002] UKHL 25; [2002] NI 236

Peninsula Securities Ltd JR [1988] EuLR 699