Nicholas O’Brien

Call: 1996

Practice areas

Public Access : Yes

Mediator : Yes

Education

  • MA Classics and Philosophy (University of Oxford)
  • Common Professional Examination (Anglia Polytechnic University)
  • Bar Vocational Course (Inns of Court School of Law)

Background

Pupillage in defamation, chancery and general common law.

Civil

Nicholas is an experienced civil practitioner providing advisory, drafting and advocacy services in a wide range of fields. Areas of particular expertise or interest include the following:

Personal injury: including road traffic accidents, highways, accidents at work, occupier’s liability, defective premises and clinical negligence.

Employment: including unfair dismissal, protected disclosures, discrimination, TUPE, contract claims, breach of confidence and restraint of trade and related claims.

Defamation: with experience also in related areas of privacy, confidentiality, passing off, trademarks and copyright.

Housing, landlord and tenant, and property: including covenants, easements, boundary disputes, co-ownership and trusts, mortgages, conveyancing, wills, probate and succession, leasehold enfranchisement, lease assignments, business tenancies, forfeiture, surrender, service charges and leasehold management, disrepair, possession claims, homelessness and property-related solicitors’ negligence.

Contract and commercial: including sale of goods, bailment and hire, interference with goods, construction, consumer credit, asset financing, company and insolvency law.

Immigration

Nicholas’s immigration practice includes all aspects of non-asylum work, with particular focus on ECHR Article 8 and family migration, EEA rights, Points-Based System, unlawful detention and judicial review. He is also instructed in related solicitors’ negligence matters.

Awards

  • Lincoln’s Inn CPE Award (1994)

Memberships

  • Administrative and Constitutional Law Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association

Languages

  • French (fluent)
  • German (good)
  • Italian (working knowledge)
  • Portuguese (working knowledge)
  • Spanish (working knowledge)

Interests

Reading, art, music, history, languages, politics, cricket and football (spectator standard only).

Related cases

Defamation:

  • Westcott v Westcott [2007] EWHC 2501 and on appeal [2008] EWCA Civ 818, [2009] 2 WLR 838: Complaint to police enjoys absolute privilege.

Employment:

  • Okoro & Anor v Taylor Woodrow & Ors [2012] EWCA Civ 1590, [2013] Eq LR 147, ICR 580: Banning worker from future engagement was one-off act, from which time for bringing a discrimination claim ran.

Immigration:

  • AN and NN (s.83 – asylum grounds only) Albania [2007] UKAIT 00097: AIT Reported
  • Nkrumah (OFM – annulment of residence permit) Ghana [2011] UKUT 163 (IAC)

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Nicholas O'Brien

Nicholas O’Brien
10 King's Bench Walk
Temple
London EC4Y 7EB
(t) +44 (0)20 7353 7742
(f) +44 (0)20 7583 0579
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