Paddy has been in practice since 1993, and has concentrated on healthcare law since 1995. Paddy developed, and led, one of the foremost clinical negligence teams in Northern Ireland before establishing the first dedicated plaintiff healthcare firm, together with O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors, in 2017. During the course of Paddy’s career, he has specialised in complex and high value clinical negligence litigation, developing a particular expertise in claims arising from birth trauma, cerebral palsy and catastrophic injury. Paddy has led multi-party product liability litigation including claims against a major pharmaceutical company on behalf of clients injured due to a defective medical product.
Paddy is a CEDR qualified mediator and regularly avails of this alternative to litigation to bring resolution to difficult and sensitive disputes.
Paddy is recognised by the leading legal directories as a Band 1 ranked Clinical Negligence Lawyer. Paddy is a Law Society appointee to the High Court Clinical Negligence Sub Committee, chaired by the Senior Queen’s Bench Judge. He is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Practitioners Group and was appointed to contribute to the recent civil justice review by the Chair, Lord Justice Gillen, on matters pertaining to clinical negligence litigation. Paddy is the sole appointee in Northern Ireland to the prestigious Clinical Negligence Panel maintained by the victim’s charity, Action Against Medical Accidents (AVMA).
Chambers and Partners 2018 – “Sources attest that Patrick Mullarkey “is very bright, good with clients, puts experts on the spot and doesn’t take no for an answer.” He predominantly represents claimants in an array of clinical negligence cases”.
Chambers and Partners 2019 – “Patrick Mullarkey specialises in clinical negligence litigation, particularly in cases connected to birth trauma, catastrophic injuries and product liability claims arising from defective medical products. Sources say: “He is an intelligent and motivated lawyer who fights for his clients and leaves no stone unturned. He is a leading light among clinical negligence lawyers in Northern Ireland.”