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Alan Weir

Called 1996

Alan joined Park Lane Chambers in 1999, having previously practiced as a barrister in Northern Ireland. He continues to hold rights of audience in the Courts of Northern Ireland and has acted and advised in relation to litigation in that jurisdiction.

Experienced civil law barrister with rights of audience in the Courts of Northern Ireland.

Areas of Expertise
Clinical Negligence
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Alan previously worked as a Clinical Pharmacist in the Regional Drugs and Poisons information centre at the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast.  Having completed his Masters in Pharmacy, he was appointed the regional Clinical Pharmacist to the Belfast City Hospital Renal Unit.  He was eventually appointed Chief Pharmacist of a large Belfast H&SS Trust with special responsibility for contraceptive services and pharmaceutical devices.  As part of his managerial role he was a member of the N.I. Regional Medicines Procurements Team and advised on public procurement of medicines and medical devices within European Regulations.

As a Clinical Pharmacist he has acted as a pharmacokinetics expert witness in a number of trials involving psychoactive polypharmacy. He regularly gave lectures on iatrogenic disease and thus developed a keen interest in clinical negligence.

As legal counsel Alan has acted as a legal advisor to the General Pharmaceutical Council, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI). 

Alan deals with all aspects of clinical negligence in general practice and hospital medical, surgical and psychiatric treatment.  Clinical negligence in nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and ancillary care professions.  Issues with diagnosis, prescribing and dispensing of medicines and medical devices.  Inquests arising from fatalities within or following care in hospital or other public care facilities including prisons and any consequential claims.

 

Recent Cases:

Alan acted for the family in an inquest conducted by Coroner Andrew Walker, arising from a death that was associated with the potential depressogenic side effects of ‘Zocor’ (simvastatin), that were similar to the potential side effects of ‘Seroxat’ (paroxetine).

Alan has acted in a number of inquests where prescribed medication and illicit drugs interactions were suspected.  He has acted in inquests concerning the death of persons while in custody and or while under the care of local authorities.

He has acted for both Claimants and Defendants in many cases involving failure to diagnose and delayed or wrongful treatment.  Cases concerning medication errors, dispensing and drug administration errors with complex chains of causation.

 

Lectures/Seminars:

Alan has delivered lectures and conducted discussion groups with solicitors and clinical professionals including clinicians and hospital, Trust and practice managers concerning matters of civil procedure and clinical negligence and medicines.

 

Inquests
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Alan frequently appears in the Coroners Court representing families of the deceased as well as institutions and insurers.

Insurance
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Alan is a member of the credit hire team, and undertakes work in all areas of credit hire.

Personal Injury & Fatal Accidents
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Prior to coming to the Bar, Alan practiced as a qualified Pharmacist in both Ireland and Britain.

As a Pharmacist he specialised in the area of clinical pharmacy advising the medical and nursing profession on the use of medicines. In addition he acted as an expert witness providing evidence, by way of written report and at trial, on the effects of drugs.

At the height of his pharmaceutical career he was the Director of Pharmacy Services for a Belfast Health Service Trust controlling pharmaceutical purchasing for a Northern Ireland Health Board.

Since joining the bar Alan has sought to utilise his expertise and has developed a specialist practice in the pharmaceutical sector. In particular he has acted in respect of cases involving pharmaceutical legislation including the Medicines Act and European regulations. He has also acted in pharmacy premises licensing disputes.

Other specialist practice areas include:

  • Holiday law
  • Disability Discrimination litigation
  • Mental Health Law
  • Credit Hire
Public & Admin Law
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Inquests:

Outstanding court advocacy skills and sensitive handling of witnesses both in and out of court, means that our team are in demand. Many have been involved in high profile cases and we are adept at handling media interest in cases.

We offer a continuity of representations from inquests through to any civil actions for damages arising post-inquest. This helps foster strong barrister-client relationships to ensure the best possible outcome.

We have expertise in inquests and public inquiries into deaths involving:

  • Police, prison and immigration custody
  • healthcare (hospital) and GP treatment
  • psychiatric issues including those lacking capacity and or suffering from a mental disorder - occuring both in and outside psychiatric facilities
  • road traffic accidents
  • accidents at work, including industrial disease deaths
  • military personnel
  • high profile public interest cases
  • jury-led inquests
  • human rights issues
  • local authorities and social services
  • schools and other educational establishments
Lectures
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In addition to lecturing on all areas of his personal injury practice, Alan has developed a series of talks on the following specialised topics:

  • Standard Contracts (in Health Service Procurement)
  • Contracting in Europe (Procurements and the Treaty of Rome)
  • Health and Safety and the Health Service
  • The SSRI's and Psychiatric Health
Personal Details
Education

BSc, MSc, CALS, CPLS, Queens University, Belfast

Professional Associations

Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA) MRPharmS MPSNI Member of the Honourable Inn of Court of Northern Ireland

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