Tara O’Leary

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Tara O’Leary
Daryl Hughes, Senior Practice Manager

Tara O’Leary specialises in public law, social housing, the Court of Protection, and licensing.

Tara is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s C Panel of Counsel, and is ranked in Chambers and Partners. She has appeared across all levels of courts and specialist tribunals up to the Court of Appeal. She undertakes a broad range of advocacy, drafting and advisory work for all types of clients.

Tara has particular experience in complex cases involving public law challenges, human rights, discrimination and mental capacity. She is direct access licensed and undertakes work on a legally-aided and pro bono basis.

In 2022, Tara completed a Pegasus Scholarship at Fordham University School of Law in New York City. As a Visting Scholar, she conducted research and advised on human rights projects at the Leitner Centre for International Law and Justice.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Tara worked in the UK and abroad as a legal adviser and researcher specialising in human rights and international law. She was appointed research assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, having been awarded the Frank Jennings Fellowship by Front Line Defenders. She worked at Amnesty International and the OSCE Missions in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo, before leading a two-year project at REDRESS on improving access to justice and reparations for victims of crime across the EU.

Tara graduated with an LLB (First Class Honours) in Law & European Studies from the University of Limerick. She has an LLM (Distinction) in Public International Law from the London School of Economics, where she received the Lauterpacht Higgins Prize for Public International Law.