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David McBrien

E.J. David McBrien

27 Old Gloucester Street,



028 90241523

LL.B Queen`s University of Belfast (1981)
Foundation Studentship Prize on Final Results

Certificate of Professional Legal Studies (1982)
The Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Q.U.B.

Degree of Barrister-at-Law from the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland (1982)

LL.M. Queen`s University of Belfast (1988)

Degree of Barrister-at-Law from the King`s Inns, Dublin (1998)

Registered Trustee and Estate Practitioner, S.T.E.P. (2010)

Certificate in Mediation, Civil and Commercial Mediation (2013)
The Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Q.U.B.

Areas of Practice

In addition to the usual areas of civil and commercial litigation, I have more than 30 years experience of disputes involving (a) land law issues ranging from adverse possession to boundary disputes to rights of way and/or light to restrictive covenants to business tenancies; (b) the care and/or death of an older person and matters ranging from the failure to provide properly for a relative or a carer to whether or not a Will should be admitted to probate to the administration of the estate; (c) the recovery of money and matters ranging from banks and mortgages and/or charges to receivers to creditors and debtors in a commercial context; and (d) the death of a loved one in a hospital setting and/or complaints about the handling of an older person by medical/nursing/social care practitioners.

Pen Portraits

I have always had a passionate interest in matters relating to the cost-efficient resolution of disputes. To complement my professional practice as a Barrister-at-Law, I was a participant on the Law Society Course on Alternative Dispute Resolution in 1992. I was acknowledged as a Consultee by the Civil Justice Review Group in its interim report in 1999. I was a member of the Lord Chancellor`s Legal Aid and Advisory Committee between 2002 and 2006. I have also undergone training with AgeNI in the context of peer facilitation.

Having been involved in the resolution of thousands of disputes in respect of an encyclopedic spectrum of issues, I have the ability, from a neutral point of view, to engage with and listen to people of all ages and from all backgrounds and at all levels of society and sector. I can capture their views, opinions and experiences, so that I can both better understand the nature of a dispute and facilitate a proportionate and mutually acceptable resolution of the issues in what can otherwise be a challenging and emotively charged situation.

Mediation Focus

Civil & Commercial Mediation

Other (specify) Mediation relating to the devolution and/or administration of the estate of a deceased person. Property disputes. Landlord and tenant mediation in a business context.