Recorder - Civil (2019)
Legal Assessor to NMC Fitness to Practice Panels (2016)
Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland (2016)
Appointed to Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates (2005)
Pegasus Scholar to Crown Law Office, Wellington, New Zealand (1999)
Inn of Court
Ranked in Chambers & Partners UK and the Legal 500.
“He is meticulous and has the ability to retain an immense amount of material in relation to his cases. He knows exactly how to guide a jury through a case and cut away the confusion. He is also very easy to work with and knows how to put a client at ease.” - recommendation in Chambers & Partners
‘He is able to dissect any case down to its fundamental issues and focus on them before the jury with laser precision.’ recommendation in the Legal 500
Specialises in national security, serious crime, regulatory and professional discipline work including inquests and investigations.
Called 1996 (Bencher 2014) - Inner Temple.
Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland 2016.
Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Member of Attorney General's Panel of Special Advocates since 2005 dealing with national security cases including TPIMS, legacy cases in Northern Ireland, cases before SIAC, those arising from financial sanctions (Bank Mellat) and Guantanamo Bay. 'Appointed Person' for closed hearing in £4.1billion Thames Tidewater Tunnel project. Contributes to documents produced by special advocates including submissions to Joint Committee on Human Rights. Interviewed by Amnesty International as part of investigations into 'closed material procedures'.
Undertakes full scope of grave and financial crime. Recent instructions include multi-national money laundering trial, advising a company on allegations of fraud arising from a franchise agreement and advising a company following an incident resulting in fatalities to members of the public.
Extensive experience of regulatory/disciplinary hearings, inquests and investigations for Regulators and for individuals/companies. Worked with and/or against the Civil Aviation Authority, The Pension Regulator, Office of Rail and Road, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal College of Nursing, Bar Standards Board and Rugby Football Union. This has included advice on jurisdictional issues, prosecutions arising out of fatal crashes, dangerous goods prosecutions (including of Amazon & Sanyo), fitness to practice committees, competitions committees and internal hearings.
Frequently instructed to provide advice and assistance prior to charge in cases from serious frauds to a roadblock shooting in Kabul. Advocacy trainer, instructor on ethics and witness familiarisation courses. Accepts direct public access instructions.