JP is a corporate and commercial lawyer with a wealth of experience gained working with start-up companies, online digital service providers, and larger institutions (like Lloyds of London). JP has blended private practice experience at a Magic Circle firm with 10 years in board-level General Counsel roles. JP’s experience at Keystone includes group reorganisations and M&A transactions, shareholder options and agreements, and GDPR/data protection & cyber security compliance programmes.
During his career JP has acted for many household names including General Electric, Coca Cola, Helical Bar, Translink Group, Hammerson PLC, the NI Utility Regulator, and Pfizer.
JP also serves as a non-executive director for a small number of organisations where he has piloted and enhanced modern corporate governance and risk management practices.
JP can be relied upon to clearly understand the brief and give good pertinent legal advice and wise counsel.
Chief Operating Officer of Spire Healthcare PLC (former CEO of Allied Healthcare)
JP is a first-class corporate and commercial lawyer. He inspires confidence, builds consensus and gets the deal done.
Director/Owner, Evolve Communications & Public Affairs
JP brings a high degree of commercial acumen, combined with a rigorous approach. This greatly adds value in a complex organisation requiring both attention to detail and pragmatism both of which JP has in abundance.
Head of Mortgage Strategy, First Trust Bank
JP is a master tactician, a fantastic lawyer, and a very personable professional.
Chief Financial Officer, Translink Group and Non-Executive Director with Mutual Energy
I have always found JP to be professional, well organised and extremely thorough in his approach to complex issues – an extremely capable solicitor.
Partner at PwC
JP is legally astute and tactically aware – a truly trusted advisor.
former Chairman of Progressive Building Society, now Non-Executive with SONI/Eirgrid, and also Credit Review Officer for the Irish Prime Minister
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Recognised by the Legal 500 2018 for M&A up to £50m and Northern Ireland: Corporate and Commercial
Invited by the Irish Prime Minister to join his Civic Forum on Brexit – and has been engaged as a public speaker at a growing number of events to provide commercial legal analysis on the business impacts of Brexit (by the Institute of Directors, senior Whitehall officials, Civil Litigation Association, Northern Ireland Water, Accordia Business Network, and the Government Legal Service) – 2016 and 2017
Awarded Merit in the CIPFA Certificate in Corporate Governance (2011)
Affiliate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
Appointed as Non-Executive by the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister and other senior officials to the Boards/Committees of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsman, and the Commissioner for Children and Young People
|2017||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2014||Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsman, NI Children and Young People's Commissioner | Non-Executive Member|
|2010 - 2017||Translink Group | General Counsel & Company Secretary|
|2006 - 2010||NI Utility Regulator/Energy Regulator | Legal Director|
|2004||Qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland|
|2004 - 2006||Arthur Cox/Pinsent Masons (collaboration on PFI/PPP Projects) | Corporate Lawyer|
|2003||Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales|
|2001 - 2004||Clifford Chance LLP | Corporate Lawyer|