Sir Richard McLaughlin
Sir Richard McLaughlin was a Barrister in private practise for 27 years – 13 as Junior counsel and 14 as Q.C. In that time he practised in various fields of commercial law, personal injuries, judicial review and medical negligence. He was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1971, the Bar of Ireland in 1974 and the Bar in New South Wales in 1992. When practising at the Bar he held the Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and was an early advocate of Mediation, having undertaken a course of study on that subject at Harvard in the 1990s.
Sir Richard held office as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland from 1999 until his retirement in 2012. During that period he served as a judge of the Queens’ Bench, Family Divison, was the head of the Commercial List and became senior judge in the Crown Court. During his career he became familiar with many aspects of arbitration, mediation, medicine and traumatic injuries. He was knighted in October 1999. Sir Richard is a keen golfer and was a past Captain and President of Port Rush Golf Club.