Barbara is regularly ranked as a Leading Junior by The Legal 500 in the fields of Public & Administrative Law, Human Rights & Civil Liberties, and Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law.
Her practice includes Judicial Review, Healthcare law, Inquests, Mental Capacity, Professional Liability, Professional Discipline and Employment law.
Barbara is also a member of the Bars of Ireland (1991) and of Northern Ireland (2000).
Her experience covers a wide range of courts and tribunals, both in the United Kingdom and abroad, and she has won cases in the ECJ, European Court of Human Rights, and the Supreme Court and High Court of the Republic of Ireland.
She acts for local authorities, corporations, service-providers, non-profit organisations and individuals. She also acts as mediation advocate.
She has a particular interest in reproductive rights, and was the first member of the Bar to receive the Lawyer’s "Barrister of the Year" Award, for her pioneering work opposing court-ordered treatment of pregnant women. She is a trustee of bpas. Her articles have been published in a wide range of legal and non-legal journals, and she is regularly invited to appear on radio and TV to discuss current legal issues.
She is a keen rider and a founder-member of Hardwicke’s Equine Law Team.
Gray & Gray v Germany & United Kingdom (no. 49278/09) - HEDEC  ECHR 2096, 18 December 2012
Duthie v Nursing and Midwifery Council  All ER (D) 332 (Oct)
C v Blackburn with Darwen BC (2012) 15 C.C.L. Rep. 251;  M.H.L.R. 202
For more information, please see Barbara's full list of reported cases.
Neither midwives nor rainmakers - Why DL is wrong. Public Law, July 2013: 451 - 459. This case analysis was first published by Sweet & Maxwell in Public Law, Issue 3, July 2013, and is reproduced here by agreement with the publishers.
Dancing on the head of a pin? Foetal life and the european convention, Feminist Legal Studies, December 2005, Volume 13, Issue 3: 363 - 375
The Law of Abortion in Northern Ireland Public Law, Summer 2004: 234 - 45
Killing off Mary: Was the Court of Appeal Right? Medical Law Review 2001 9: 281 - 298
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Chancery Bar Association
Employment Law Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Society of Authors