Brendan is a very able, committed advocate. He is friendly, calm and authoritative. He is versatile, having had significant experience in a number of diverse areas of the law, and specialises in civil actions for damages for abuse and clinical negligence as well as all types of case involving the welfare of children or vulnerable adults.
Clients say: “Brendan has acted for us in many complex family cases, both for parents and guardians. He has considerable expertise in cases of non-accidental injury and can be relied upon for excellent preparation and thorough and careful cross-examination of expert witnesses” and that “he is someone well able to come up with helpful and thoughtful ways forward in cases of the most difficult family dynamics. He is a compelling and highly able advocate.”
Brendan is instructed around the country to appear in every type of child, or vulnerable adult, welfare case and, in particular, the most serious and complex cases involving international or difficult medical issues. In the last year, he has been instructed in several cases where children have suffered very serious brain and other injuries as the result of alleged abuse and in three cases where one parent has been killed by the other. He is instructed on behalf of local authorities, parents, children’s guardians and intervening health authorities.
Brendan also appears in the Court of Protection. He sits as a Recorder in private and public family law cases. He frequently writes and lectures on the areas in which he practises. Over recent months he has lectured on female genital mutilation, child abduction, international relocation and the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014.
Brendan is a friendly and sympathetic barrister, instructed predominantly by claimants in all types of clinical negligence case, including inquests where the quality of care received by the deceased is under scrutiny. His early years prosecuting and defending in the Crown Court and continuing, regular appearances in the family court have made him a first-class advocate.
Brendan is instructed in all types of serious personal injury cases but particularly in abuse cases and other cases where negligence is alleged against social services, schools or other organisations. His considerable experience in the family courts and understanding of the child protection system is invaluable in such cases. He is recommended in the London personal injury section of the Legal 500.
Brendan has a developing interest and expertise in many aspects of Sports Law, particularly in those areas that overlap his established strengths in negligence, personal injury (including concussion) and the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. He has a keen interest in Rugby Union.