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TARA O’NEILL

Year of Call: 2017

Main Areas of Practice

Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Coroners or Inquests
Human Rights
Immigration

Biography

Tara was called to the Bar in 2017 having completed her pupilage within the areas of immigration, judicial review and criminal law. Tara has since developed a practice with a focus on public law.

Prior to being called to the Bar Tara gained over 15 years experience of working within the legal sector and has particular expertise in complex legal research. Tara has previously assisted in high profile murder and rape trials,she also has working knowledge of all stages of the disclosure process in legacy inquests.

Qualifications

2017; Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies

2013; LLB (Hons), Second Class Honours Upper Division, University of Ulster

Experience

JUDICIAL REVIEW

Tara regularly acts on behalf of applicants in judicial review challenges across a broad range of issues, to include;

PRISON LAW

Tara regularly represents prisoners before Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland, and has experience in successfully representing life sentence and indeterminate sentence prisoners seeking release.

MENTAL HEALTH LAW

Tara regularly represents patients at Mental Health Review Tribunals and has experience of Declaratory Order proceedings in the High Court.

CORONIAL INQUESTS

Tara has been appointed to the Coroners Service for Northern Ireland panel for counsel (C panel) and has particular experience in the disclosure process

in legacy inquests.

IMMIGRATION

Tara appears for applicants in all areas of immigration law and asylum law at both First and Upper Tier Tribunals (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), to include;

OTHER

Tara also has experience in appearing private and public law family matters at all Court levels. She is also regularly instructed in a wide range of civil matters to include personal injury and medical negligence.

Tara has worked with human rights organisations and attended international courts as a trial observer.