Called to the Bar of Ireland in 2019
Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2008
I cross-qualified as a Solicitor via the (now defunct) Qualified Lawyer Transfer Test (QLTT) and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2012. I subsequently obtained higher rights of audience in criminal and civil matters and practised as a Solicitor Advocate before obtaining a full waiver from pupillage from the BSB in 2014 and joining Holborn Chembers on 1st July 2014. I ceased to practise as a solicitor at the end of June 2014 and my name was voluntarily removed from the roll in advance of my application to be called to the Bar of Ireland.
I was awarded an Honours degree in Physics with Electronics by the University of Southempton in 1984 as part of a 1:3:1 engineering sponsorship scheme with (what was then) GEC Marconi Research Laboratories at Great Baddow in Essex.
A was appointed as an Engineer in the Antenna Division at Marconi on graduation and went on to work on antenna range measurement systems and near-field antenna measurements including a paper published at the International Conference on Antennas and Propagation at the University of Warwick in 1985.
I also worked on antenna design, radar cross section analysis and system engineering projects.
In 1987 I joined the Antenna Group at STC Technology Ltd in Harlow, Essex, where I worked on modelling of antenna peformance on dynamic airframes, anti-jam GPS antenna arrays, secure communications systems analysis and submarine communications systems, the latter being in a multi-company programme.
Between 1989 and the end of 1990 I worked in the Electronic Warfare Technology Group of the Electronic Warfare Division of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in Salisbury, South Australia, where I worked on a number of EW programmes including the development of field trials measurements for the NULKA ship defence system.
In 1991 I re-joined STL where I worked on secure communications systems analysis prior to transferring to the Network Planning group within the System Engineering Division of BNR Europe Ltd following the acquisition of STC by Nortel of Canada.
At BNR I became manager of the Network Planning group and led telecommunications network planning and traffic engineering projects globally until I transferred to the Cogent consulting group (also within Nortel) in 1997. At Cogent I was the senior manager responsible for developing a small team of network design and planning consultants with a worldwide remit.
In 1999 I joined Questus Ltd, a small consultancy company specialising in telecommunications. I was on the board of Questus when the company was sold in a trade-sale to WFI Inc, a US based infrastructure company. I was involved in network design and procurement projects throughout Europe with Questus including GSM licence applications, 3G network selection and procurement and also a special project in the Falkland Islands.
I left Questus in 2003 to form my own company, Peak Intelligence Ltd.
At Peak Intelligence Ltd I worked on a number of network and business design projects including activities in Kazakhstan, Armenia, San Marino, Mongolia and Turkmenistan. I also supported the roll-ouf of GSM-R in the UK for a UK rail body and the procurement of WiFi for passenger services for a high-speed railway operator.
I was acredited as a Chartered Engineer by the Institute of Physics in 1990 and in the same year as a Registered European Engineer by FEANI which permits the use of the prenominal "Eur. Ing.". I was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP) in 2006 and for a number of years was on the interview panel for Chartered Engineers for the IoP.