Patrick Mullarkey

Partner - Joint Head of Healthcare

Patrick Mullarkey

Partner - Joint Head of Healthcare

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The inaugural Chair of the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Clinical Negligence Practitioner’s Group, Paddy has specialised in Healthcare Law since 1995 (having qualified two years earlier) and now works exclusively in this field of practice on behalf of the victims of medical accidents and their next of kin. He is recognised as “the go-to” practitioner in Northern Ireland.

During the course of Paddy’s career, he has developed expertise in all aspects of healthcare practice, including complex and high value clinical negligence litigation. Acting in many of the country’s multi-million pound settlements, he has an unrivaled track record in claims arising from birth trauma, cerebral palsy and catastrophic injury.

Paddy is a CEDR qualified mediator and avails of this alternative to litigation to bring resolution to difficult and sensitive disputes. He is a Law Society accredited Solicitor Advocate and regularly represents, and advocates on behalf of, clients before the Courts of Northern Ireland, particularly Coroner’s Courts. .

In short, Paddy is a Healthcare Lawyer and he devotes his entire professional practice to this field.

Legal Directories

Paddy is recognised by the leading legal directories as a Band 1 ranked Clinical Negligence Lawyer.

Chambers and Partners 2024 – Band 1 – Patrick Mullarkey is highly regarded for his adept handling of birth trauma and catastrophic injury cases. “Patrick is really specialist at what he does.”

Chambers and Partners 2023 – Band 1 – Patrick Mullarkey is highly regarded for his adept handling of birth trauma and catastrophic injury cases. Strengths – “Patrick is one of the leaders in the field.” “He’s very effective.”

Chambers and Partners 2022 – “Patrick Mullarkey is highly regarded for his adept handling of birth trauma and catastrophic injury cases.He has massive experience in the market and I can only speak incredibly highly of him.”

Chambers and Partners 2021 – “Patrick Mullarkey possesses a keen understanding of cerebral palsy and other birth injury cases and is described as “the go-to” practitioner for plaintiff workHe also undertakes medical product liability issues. Sources say: “He’s very highly regarded and respected. He has a very distinguished reputation.”

Chambers and Partners 2020 – “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.”



Practice Areas


Recent Experience

  • £2.5 Million Compensation for Failure to Diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome Read
  • Failure to Diagnose Kidney Disease – £100,000 Read
  • Deep-Sea Diver Recovers £500,000 Damages For Poor Medical Care Read
  • Death of Patient due to Omission of Medication – Inquest of Gary Lynch Read
  • £7.5 Million Compensation Recovered for Workplace Fall Injuries Read
  • £250,000 Recovered in Surgical Mesh Claim Read
  • Killings by a Man with Severe Mental Illness were “Entirely Preventable” Read
  • Stillbirth at Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital Preventable Read
  • £275,000 damages for Bladder and Bowel Injuries during Childbirth Read
  • Bowel and Bladder Damage due to Negligent Sterilisation: Patient Recovers £2,250,000 Read
  • Coroner’s Court – Jaxon McVey – Inquest Verdict Read
  • Incontinence after Childbirth: Plaintiff recovers £100,000 Read

Significant Cases

  • Inquest – Stephen McElroy (Deceased) Read
  • Child with Cerebral Palsy recovers £8 million for birth injury Read
  • £300,000 for Shoulder Injury at Birth Read
  • Failure to diagnose Cauda Equina – £3.25 million damages Read
  • Patient Recovers £500K due to Wrist Fracture and Treatment Read
  • £850,000 damages for Impaired Fertility Read

Specialist Expertise

  • Healthcare law
  • Clinical negligence litigation
  • Birth trauma, cerebral palsy and catastrophic injury claims
  • Product liability litigation


  • Law Society Clinical Negligence Practitioners Group - Chairman (Dec 2018 - date )
  • High Court Clinical Negligence Sub Committee - Law Society Appointee
  • Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel - Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
  • Solicitor Advocate - Law Society of Northern Ireland
  • Mediator - CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution)