Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 1989

Main Areas of Practice

Criminal Law
Employment Law
Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution


Martin O‘Brien provides advice, assistance and representation in a wide range of Employment Law cases to Claimants and Respondents in the public and private sector, and has acted as Counsel in a number of leading cases in the field of Employment & Discrimination Law. He has also acted in Crown Court trials, and appeared in a number of liquor licensing cases. In addition to providing advocacy in Tribunals, he has twenty three years of experience in acting in a number of cases in the County Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal involving, amongst other issues, personal injury, professional standards and property rights.



Certificate in Professional Legal Studies

1989; Barrrister of Law Inn of Court of Northern Ireland

LL.M (Human Rights & Emergency Law)

1998; Bar of Ireland

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2009; Certified Mediator

1999 - 2010; Martin was a part-time member of the judiciary of the Industrial Tribunals & The Fair Employment Tribunal

Martin is a part-time Chairman of Social Security Appeals Tribunals and Disability Appeals Tribunals


Martin O’Brien specialises in Employment & Discrimination Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights and Liquor Licensing. He is a lecturer at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Belfast, where he lectures in Crown Court procedure, Employment Tribunals, Bar Ethics and Liquor Licensing law and procedure. Martin O‘Brien is a member of the Honourable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin and was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1998.