I attended Methodist College Belfast . I was awarded the the Alice Ritchie Prize for Modern Languages ( French and Russian ) and the Chemistry Prize at “A” level.

I Read Law at Queen`s University in Belfast graduating with the highest ( 2:1) score Final Examinations in 1985.

I completed the Certificate in Professional Legal Studies at the Institute At Queens University in 1986.

1986, I was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland.

1986 – 1994, I had a general Common Law Practice acting in Personal Injury and Commercial Claims , Criminal Cases including Diplock and Jury Trials, Employment and Discrimination cases and Family Law Hearings including Wardships.

1984 I was called to the Bar Of England and Wales ( Middle Temple ).

1984 -1986 I was a Tenant of No 5 Fountain Court ,Birmingham . I worked exclusively on Children`s and Matrimonial cases as Member of the Specialist Family Team and appeared in cases on the Midland and Oxford Circuit and the Court of Appeal.

1986 I returned to practice in Northern Ireland.

1998-2000 I served as Chairperson of the Family Bar Association.

1999 I served as Chairperson of Organizing Committee of the inaugural Belfast Conference for Family Lawyers ( now the 4 J.s Family Conference).

2000-2002 I served as Vice Chairperson of the Family Bar Association.

2004-2006 I served as a Committee member of the F.B.A ( N.I.).

2012-2013 I successfully completed the Amicus Training on fighting Death Penalty cases in USA.

2013-2016 I was granted an Exemption from Membership of the Bar Library by the Bar Council ( N.I ).

2014, I attended Harvard Law School and I am now a Negotiator Certified by Professor Robert Bordone of HNI.

2014, I attended Harvard Law School and I am now a Mediator Certified by Professor Robert Mnookin . I have conducted much successful mediation adopting the Harvard Model of Understanding.

2015, I successfully completed training with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London and I am now an IFLA and CIArb qualified Arbitrator.

2016  I re-joined the Bar Library in Belfast .

 

I have delivered lectures on Family Law to students and Legal Professionals over the course of my career. I am committed to improving and developing my professional skills and knowledge. In 2016 I will be presenting a series of Talks on contemporary legal issues, Mediation and Arbitration.