Maria Watson BL

  • Junior Counsel: 2016
Qualifications:

M.A., Grad. Dip., Dip. Leg., B.L.

Areas of Practice:
  • Commercial/Chancery
  • Criminal
  • General Common Law
  • General Practice
  • Tort & Personal Injury Law
Specialisation:
  • Medical Law
  • Professional Negligence
  • Wards of Court & Capacity Law
Maria Watson BL
Circuits:

Dublin
Eastern
South Eastern
Memberships:
State Bar of Texas
Other Memberships:
Employment Bar Association
Family Lawyers Assocation
Medico-Legal Society of Ireland
Professional Regulatory and Disciplinary Bar Association
Tort & Insurance Bar Association
Direct Professional Access:
Provided

Maria Watson is a Barrister practicing in civil and criminal law with a specialist interest in medical law. Prior to joining the Bar Maria spent ten years working in healthcare; five years at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and five years at St. James’s Hospital, which lends to her specialisation in medical law at the Bar. Maria appears regularly in the District, Circuit and High Court.

Maria was called to the Bar in 2016 and called to Eastern District of Texas Bar as a Foreign Legal Consultant in 2019 to 2020.

In 2018, Maria was invited to a join an expert group established on behalf of the Bar who invited submissions by the Expert Group on Tort Reform and Management of Clinical Negligence Claims, tasked with the reform of clinical negligence cases.

In 2017, Maria was the successful candidate selected for a legal fellowship sponsored by the Bar of Ireland to work with the Wisconsin Innocence Project in the United States of America for three months dealing with death row cases.

Maria’s practice generally involves contentious civil litigation, often settling commercial and equitable disputes. Maria has successfully defended defamation actions, represented clients in high value matrimonial disputes, resisting financial injunctions or freezing orders, seeking and opposing domestic violence applications, including coercive control claims, often on affidavit involving individuals in high profile positions. Maria regularly practices in the High Court with cases involving Professional Negligence, Ward of Court and Capacity Law applications on behalf of hospitals and families alike, to representing the medical profession in disciplinary regulatory matters. Maria deals with appeals at the Residential Tenancies Board, to licensing matters or employment claims. Maria also practices in the criminal courts from private minor road traffic offenses, to sex trafficking and money laundering cases, jury trials and cases in Central Criminal Courts.

Medical Law – Ward of Court

Detention Order required for a patient of St. James’s Hosptial with a brain bleed to continue medical treatment.

Tort & Personal Injury Law

“Relentless Rouge” a long-lasting lipstick which caused a 6 year old boy to sustain an acute allergic reaction leaving a mark on his forehead for two months.

Criminal Law

Jeffrey Havard v. State of Mississippi a ‘Shaken Baby’ death penalty case with the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Maria worked with the US Attorneys in preparation for post conviction relief. This required Maria reviewing complex medical evidence and forensic pathology  and expert witness preparation. The sentence for death was vacated and a new sentence was ordered; life without parole.

General Publications

Damage Limitation – Review of the Supreme Court decision in Morrissey v. HSE; standard of care to be applied in professional negligence cases involving cancer screening, by Sara Moorhead SC & Maria Watson BL. The Bar Review – Journal of the Bar of Ireland, (Vol. 25 No. 4,  July 2020) 

Just What The Doctor Ordered – “Open disclosure in patient safety incidents”
Law Society Gazette (May 2019) 

P.P. v. HSE: An Irish abortion case that never was
www.lawyer.ie  (June 28th, 2016)

E-cigarettes: The Medical and Legal Implications 
The Legal Eagle, The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Henrietta St, Dublin 1 (Autumn 2014)

Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland

Ruth Morrissey and Paul Morrissey v. Health Service Executive, Quest Diagnostic Incorporated and Medlab Pathology Limited [2020] IESC 43 
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 26, Issue 1, 2020)

A.C. v. Karen Fitzpatrick, Director of Nursing at St. Finbarr’s Nursing Home, Health Service Executive, Comyn Kelleher Tobin Solicitors and The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission [2019] IESC 73
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 26, Issue 1, 2020)

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland v. M.M.G. [2019] IEHC 947
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 26, Issue 1, 2020)

H. (a minor) suing by her grandmother and next friend v. Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin incorporating National Children’s Hospital and St. James’s Hospital Foundation Limited [2020] IEHC 81
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 26, Issue 1, 2020)

Orla Van Der Zaan v. The National Maternity Hospital [2020] IEHC 83
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 26, Issue 1, 2020)

Siobhan Freeney v. Health Service Executive [2020] IEHC 286
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 26, Issue 2, 2020)

The Medical Council v. A Medical Practitioner [2020] IEHC 245
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, (Vol. 26, Issue 2, 2020)

Margaret Browne v. Peter Van Geene and Mount Carmel Medical Group (Kilkenny) Limited T/A Aut Even Hospital [2020] IECA 253
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, (Vol. 26, Issue 2, 2020)

M.C. v. The Clinical Director of the Central Mental Hospital and The Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board [2020] IESC 28
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, (Vol. 26, Issue 2, 2020)

Health Service Executive v. Neill Bradley [2020] IEHC 281
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, (Vol. 26, Issue 2, 2020)                                  

A.C. v. Karen Fitzpatrick, Director of Nursing at St. Finbarr’s Nursing Home, Health Service Executive, Comyn Kelleher Tobin Solicitors and The General Solicitor for Minors and Wards of Court [2018] IEHC 70.
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 25, Issue 1, 2019)

Medical Council v. F.C.M [2018] IEHC 616
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 25, Issue 1, 2019)

J.O’T v. Neil Healy, Angelo Grazioli, Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, Minister for Justice and Equality, Ireland and the Attorney General [2018] IEHC 571
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 25, Issue 1, 2019)

The National Maternity Hospital v. The Minister for Health and The Health Information and Quality Authority [2018] IEHC 591                             
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 25, Issue 1, 2019)

Ita Long v. Coru Health and Social Care Professional Council [2018] IEHC 638
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 25, Issue 1, 2019)

O’Leary v. Mercy University Hospital Cork Ltd. [2019] IESC
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 25, Issue 2, 2019)

Eugene McCormack v. Marcus Timlin, Mater Private Hospital and Mater Private Healthcare – High Court [2019] IEHC 31
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 25, Issue 2, 2019)

Lisa Lawless v. Beacon Hospital, Beacon Hospital Sandyford Limited and Mo’iad Alazzam, Robert Hannon and Adnan Hafeez [2019] IECA 256
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 25, Issue 2, 2019)

Peter McEvoy & Linda McEvoy v. Preliminary Proceedings Committee and Medical Council [2019] IEHC 580 
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 25, Issue 2, 2019)

IRM, SJR and SOM (a minor suing by her mother and next friend SJR) v. The Minister for Justice and Equality, Ireland and the Attorney General [2018] IESC 14
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 24, Issue 1, 2018)

PL v. The Clinical Director of St. Patrick’s University Hospital and Dr. O’Ceallaigh and the Attorney General and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission [2018] IECA 29 
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 24, Issue 1, 2018)

O’Sullivan v. Ireland, the Attorney General, the Minister for Health and Children, the Health Service Executive and the Bon Secures Health System Trading as Bon Secours Hospital [ 2018] IECA 8
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 24, Issue 1, 2018)

Ahmed v. The Fitness to Practice Committee of the Medical Council, the Medical Council, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Ireland and the Attorney General [2018] IEHC 75
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 24, Issue 1, 2018)

The Child and Family Agency (a minor represented by order by his solicitor and next friend Gina Cleary) and C [2018] IEHC 112
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 24, Issue 1, 2018)

Angelo Cloonan v. Health Service Executive and Dr. Kishan Browne [2018] IEHC 454
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 24, Issue 2, 2018)

Louis Blehein v. The Minister for Health and Children, Ireland and the Attorney General [2018] IESC 40
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 24, Issue 2, 2018)

Green v. Elish Hardiman [2018] IECA 205
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 24, Issue 2, 2018)

Medical Council v. T.M. [2017] IEHC 548
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 24, Issue 2, 2018)

Niall Healy v. Terence O’Brien [2017] IEHC 602
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 24, Issue 2, 2018)

The National Maternity Hospital v. The Minister for Health and The Health Information and Equality Authority [2018] IEHC 565
Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland (Vol. 24, Issue 2, 2018)

Open Disclosure Requirements of Pre-Hospital Clinicians 
Irish Association of Emergency Medicine (IAEM), Annual Scientific Meeting 2022, Slieve Russell Hotel, Co. Cavan (20 October 2022)

Open Disclosure in “patient safety incidents”
A.Menarini, GP Academic Day, The Galmont Hotel, Galway. ( 2 February 2019)

Assisted Decision –Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Implications for Healthcare Decision-Making
A.Menarini, Medical Conference, Herbert Park Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. (2 March 2019)

‘No Blame: Culture Change in Error Reporting and Open Disclosure’ in “patient safety incidents”,
NUI Galway & Irish Research Council Conference, Clarence Hotel, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2. (9 October 2019)

Medical Negligence: Recent Developments
Hussey Fraser Solicitors’, 17 Northumberland Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4,  (28 March 2018)

Open Disclosure in “patient safety incidents”
A.Menarini, Medical Conference, Herbert Park Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. ( 20 October 2018)

Medical Negligence: Recent Developments
Hughes Murphy Solicitors’, Solicitors’ CPD, Dublin, Ireland (November 2017)

Start Your Own Business – Legal Issues for New Business
Entrepreneurs Academy, Distillers Building, Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland (July 2015 – 2021)

Employment Issues in a Cultural Diverse Workplace                                   
Stillorgan, Dublin, Ireland (April 2013) 

How to Series: Policies, Procedures & Guidelines
St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin, Ireland (May 2010)

Managing Cultural Diversity
Swiss Management Hospitality University, Switzerland (March 2010) 

Equality & Diversity / Cultural Competence
St. James’s Hospital, Dublin , Ireland  (February 2008/09)

The International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ)
Volunteer with Afghan Judges Support Groups in Ireland (January 2022 – to present)

Adjudicator/Judge of TCD Law Soc. – Mock Trials
Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland (September/October 2018)

Advanced Advocacy Course
Bar of Ireland, Church Street, Dublin (September 2017)

Medico-Legal Society – Conference Co-ordinator
The Coroners Inquiry & Reform Conference, Ireland (February 4, 2017)

Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) 
13 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1, Ireland (2016 – 2019).

Pro-Bono Case – Employment Law
Equal Status case of discrimination, organic farm ordered to pay compensation to volunteer.

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Phone
01-817 6982
Mobile
087-837 9678
Email
maria.watson@lawlibrary.ie
Address
Law Library Four Courts Dublin 7
DX
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