A graduate of Queen’s University, Damian was admitted to the Role of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 1991. A founding partner of HHD, he would specialise in Civil and Commercial Litigation. He is recognised as a leading medical negligence lawyer specialising in claims of birth trauma and cerebral palsy. He was the instructed solicitor responsible for securing the largest personal injury settlement in a medical negligence action to date in Northern Ireland being a settlement of £8 million.
He would regularly represent clients who have suffered catastrophic injury or fatality as a result of an accident at work or road traffic accident. He advises and represents commercial clients in matters of professional negligence, judicial review and contractual dispute, together with commercial property transactions.
Damian has been responsible for successfully challenging government departments resulting in universal change to the regulatory framework.
He is a member of PNLA (the Professional Negligence Association), a member of Belfast Solicitors’ Association and a member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. Damian has lectured to Ulster University medical law and ethics students in February 2018 and to the Law Society of Northern Ireland on high value catastrophic brain injury claims in October 2018.
In March 2019 Damian was appointed to the Board of Directors of North City Business Centre. This was established in 1993 and is the Local Enterprise Agency for North Belfast and a registered charity. Their team of business and employment advisors provide support for the small business sector and those interested in starting up a business as well as helping local residents of North Belfast gain employment.
A proven track record, attention to client care and determination to succeed have earned Damian the reputation of being one of Northern Ireland’s foremost litigation lawyers.