Cahal has experience both as a trial advocate and as an appellate advocate. He appears regularly in all jurisdictions. He practises in both civil and criminal law. He has a particular interest in adminsitrative law.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
A. JUDICAL REVIEW
Cahal has appeared in numerous judicial review matters includng:
(a) In the High Court in VBAO v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (2006) 233 CLR1.
(b) In 10 Full Federal Court cases inclduing VGAO v MiMIA  FCAFC 68; Sok v MIMIA  FCAFC 56; Applicant M169 of 2003 v MIMIA  FCAFC 311; Applicant M164/2002 v MIMIA  FCAFC 16; VNAA v MIMIA  FCAFC 134.
(c) In over 50 cases in the Federal Court.
(d) In over 60 cases in the Federal Magistrates Court.
(e) In the Supreme Court of Victoria in judicial review of:
(i) a VCAT decision (Ismail v Rustom  VSC 625); (ii) rulings by the Coroners Court of Victoria (Priest v Deputy State Coroner  VSC 449); and (iii) rulings by a Victorian Magistrate (Zion-Shalom v Magistrates Court of Victoria  VSC 476).
B. CORONIAL INQUESTS
Cahal has appeared in coronial inquests and in judicial review of a Coroner's rulings.
C. SERIOUS SEX OFFENDERS (DETENTION AND SUPERVISION) ACT 2009
He appears regularly in the County Court in matters arising under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009.
D. VCAT AND COMMONWEALTH AAT
Both Commonwealth and Victorian Freedom of Information and Privacy matters - he also teaches these subjects at, and revises course materials for, the Leo Cussen Centre For Law. He also appears in a number of VCAT Lists.
Disciplinary and occupational matters - Psychologists Rehistration Board of Victoria v Glamcevski  VCAT 1927.
E. WHITE COLLAR CRIME
Cahal has appeared for the Defence in corporate fraud and bribery matters. He also appears in summary and indicatble crime generally.
Cahal has published articles in the areas of employment law and migration law. He has also reviewed texts on statutory demands and texts in the areas migration law and admiralty and maritime law.
Cahal grew up in Northern Ireland and is a graduate of the Queen's University, Belfast in Northern Ireland. He studied for his Bar Exams in Northern Ireland. After coming to Australia, he undertook further legal studies at the University of Melbourne.
From 1995 he worked at the Federal Court of Australia and from 1997 to 1999 he was Associate to Justice Ryan of the Federal Court.
Cahal is a former elected member of the Victorian Bar Council from 2004 to 2007. He has also served on sub-committees of the Victorian Bar including the Asylum Seeker Subcommittee of the Legal Assistance Committee and the Professional Standards Committee.