Brian works in our Belfast office litigation department, where he specialises in judicial review litigation and disputes involving public law and human rights issues in a wide range of areas, with a particular interest in educational law, and in immigration.
Brian has a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of special educational needs law, policy and practise, including in pursuing appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, and in pursuing applications for judicial review on behalf of children in the High Court.
Brian also provides specialist immigration application assistance (including entry clearance applications, applications for permission to remain, applications for citizenship and applications for asylum and humanitarian protection). Brian is a member of the Law Society’s Immigration Practitioners’ Group, and he currently sits as their representative on the Judicial Review Liaison Committee – a group made up of practitioners that holds quarterly meetings chaired by the judicial review judges, to discuss and to decide upon matters of procedure and practise in judicial review litigation.
Brian also acts for companies and individuals in defending prosecutions for health and safety offences, trading standards breaches, environmental crime, and he has been involved in a range of cases involving disciplinary/fitness to practise proceedings brought against individuals by their professional bodies.
We live in an increasingly regulated society and every year there seems to be new rules, legislation and regulations introduced governing not just lawyers but all sorts of businesses, from large...