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Tara O'Leary

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Tara practices in housing, property, public law and judicial review, planning and licensing, inquests and inquiries.

She appears regularly before the county court, specialist tribunals, High Court, Magistrates' and Crown Court, and undertakes a broad range of drafting and advisory work.

Tara practices in housing, property, public law and judicial review, planning and licensing, inquests and inquiries.

She appears regularly before the county court, specialist tribunals, High Court, Magistrates' and Crown Court, and undertakes a broad range of drafting and advisory work.

Tara welcomes instructions from clients of all backgrounds, having experience representing local authorities and housing associations, private individuals, landlords and limited companies. She is direct access licensed and has undertaken work on a legally-aided and pro bono basis. She has also spent time seconded to three local authorities, gaining experience of litigation and front line legal services in housing, property and regulatory work.

Tara has a particular interest in cases involving public law challenges, human rights and the Equality Act, having previously worked as a legal adviser and researcher specialised in international law and human rights. She spent several years in the UK and abroad working for organisations including REDRESS, Amnesty International and Front Line Defenders, and was seconded by the Irish Government to the OSCE Mission in Kosovo. Tara has an LLB in Law & European Studies from the University of Limerick, and an LLM in Public International Law from the LSE.

Overview

Tara has significant experience in the public housing sector. She is regularly instructed by local authorities, social housing associations, private landlords and tenants to appear in court and advise in all aspects of housing law.

Tara's experience encompasses a broad range of issues related to social housing, including:
• Advising on all aspects of tenancy management for secure, assured, assured shorthold, flexible and introductory tenancies;
• Addressing anti-social behaviour through possession proceedings, injunctions, committal proceedings and closure orders;
• Homelessness, including advising on the merits of applications, drafting and reviewing pleadings and appearing in s204 county court appeals.
• Housing-related judicial review matters including cases concerning Part VI allocations, the Children Act 1989 and Care Act 2014;
• Housing enforcement and regulation including HMOs, additional and selective licensing, both in the capacity of prosecution and defence;
• Claims concerning the Right to Buy and Right to Acquire.

Tara has been instructed by the Housing Ombudsman to advise in respect of a number of its decisions, and has spent time on secondment to two local housing authorities. She has also written articles and given training on a range of issues related to social housing law.

Cases

High Court rejects Article 14 challenge regarding security of tenure for local authority employees occupying ‘tied accommodation’
21.06.2017
Paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1985 provides that accommodation occupied by employees of local authority landlords, who occupy the property for the better performance of their duties,....

News

Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2017
06.02.2017
The Editor Speaks - Andy Lane   The Housing and Planning Act 2016 Update - Tara O'Leary Homelessness Reduction Bill update 2016/17 - Matt Lewin Neighbourhood Planning Bill 2016/17 - Liam Wells Recent Housing....

Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - November 2016
03.11.2016
Contents The Editor speaks - Andy Lane When is an applicant "significantly" more vulnerable than ordinary vulnerable? - Emma Dring Recent housing developments The current state of play in the Mayor of London's housing....

Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016
31.05.2016
The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning Act....

Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - May 2016
04.05.2016
The latest edition of the Cornerstone Housing Newsletter includes: Message from the Heads of Team – Kuljit Bhogal and Kelvin Rutledge QC Hotak, Johnson & Kanu one year on – Kelvin Rutledge....

Local Government Lawyer - What now for selective licensing?
17.03.2016
Local Government Lawyer has published an article by Tara O'Leary on the latest developments in relation to selective licensing, including the end of borough-wide schemes and the Govnerment's "20/20" rule. Click....

Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 - Presentations
03.03.2016
Presentations from the Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 are now available to view on the newly launched Local Government Law.tv platform. Click the links below to view previews of the videos.

  • Key developments in Housing....

  • Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2016
    01.02.2016
    The latest Cornerstone Housing newsletter includes:

  • The death of the social rented sector? Selective thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill – Ranjit Bhose QC 
  • Private registered providers: back to the private sector? Emma....

  • Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter - July 2015
    23.07.2015
    The latest Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter includes...

  • Message from the Heads of Team - Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal
  • The Supreme Court's interpretation of vulnerability in Hotak, Kanu and Johnson- Matt....

  • Events

    Public law/Equality Act 2010 defences seminar
    07.06.2017

    1
    Local Authorities and Housing Associations are increasingly facing defences to their possession claims based on some public law challenge, or the Equality Act 2010.  This is especially so with respect....

    Overview

    Tara is developing a busy practice covering a wide range of property matters, acting on behalf of local authorities and private parties. She accepts instructions concerning both residential and commercial premises, touching on issues such as construction of leases, forfeiture, easements and restrictive covenants, leasehold enfranchisement, leasehold variation and service charge disputes.

    Tara has particular experience in matters related to residential landlords and tenants. She regularly advises and appears in court in relation to possession and injunctive proceedings, trespass, disrepair, tenancy deposits, licence disputes and shared ownership leases. She has also appeared at the Property Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal in a range of cases related to residential leaseholds.

    Her recent cases have included:
    • Representing a social housing provider in an application for determination of liability to pay service charges in respect of major cyclical works, and subsequently advising on liability in respect of similar leaseholds across several London estates.

    • Advising on leasehold enfranchisement and 'right to manage' claims by leaseholders of social housing providers;

    • During her pupillage, advising on a local authority boundary dispute concerning the relationship between private land and the highway, and assisting with a successful claim to uphold restrictive covenants in an estate building scheme in the High Court Chancery Division.

    Cases

    Fabric
    22.11.2016
    The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

    News

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2017
    06.02.2017
    The Editor Speaks - Andy Lane   The Housing and Planning Act 2016 Update - Tara O'Leary Homelessness Reduction Bill update 2016/17 - Matt Lewin Neighbourhood Planning Bill 2016/17 - Liam Wells Recent Housing....

    Overview

    Tara has a particular interest in general public law and judicial review and has a growing practice in this area of law. She welcomes instructions to provide advice, review pleadings and witness statements, and to act on behalf of claimants and local authorities.

    She has recently acted for a number of local authorities in judicial review claims concerning housing, homelessness and adult social care, which included issues related to s17 Children Act 1989, the Care Act 2014 and gypsy and traveller families.

    Tara gained a wide variety of experience during her pupillage in relation to judicial review and public law under the supervision in particular of Kelvin Rutledge QC, Sian Davies and Wayne Beglan, particularly concerning local authority governance, finance and the exercise of statutory powers. More recently she has been instructed by central government departments through the 'Junior Junior' / 'Baby Barrister' scheme.

    Tara also has a growing practice in information law and welcomes instructions in this field. She has recently advised the Department of Media, Culture and Sport on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation into UK law. She has also represented relatives of a victim killed during the Troubles in Northern Ireland in a Freedom of Information appeal against the Police Service of Northern Ireland at the First Tier Tribunal.

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016
    31.05.2016
    The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning Act....

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - May 2016
    04.05.2016
    The latest edition of the Cornerstone Housing Newsletter includes: Message from the Heads of Team – Kuljit Bhogal and Kelvin Rutledge QC Hotak, Johnson & Kanu one year on – Kelvin Rutledge....

    Parliamentary Inquiry into Prostitution
    21.03.2016
    A team from Cornerstone Barristers is advising a national feminist organisation appearing in an inquiry into prostitution. The Home Affairs Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into prostitution, and in particular....

    Local Government Lawyer - What now for selective licensing?
    17.03.2016
    Local Government Lawyer has published an article by Tara O'Leary on the latest developments in relation to selective licensing, including the end of borough-wide schemes and the Govnerment's "20/20" rule. Click....

    Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 - Presentations
    03.03.2016
    Presentations from the Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 are now available to view on the newly launched Local Government Law.tv platform. Click the links below to view previews of the videos.

  • Key developments in Housing....

  • Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2016
    01.02.2016
    The latest Cornerstone Housing newsletter includes:

  • The death of the social rented sector? Selective thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill – Ranjit Bhose QC 
  • Private registered providers: back to the private sector? Emma....

  • Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter - July 2015
    23.07.2015
    The latest Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter includes...

  • Message from the Heads of Team - Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal
  • The Supreme Court's interpretation of vulnerability in Hotak, Kanu and Johnson- Matt....

  • Overview

    Tara is developing a practice in planning law, having gained experience during her pupillage of a range of planning work.

    During pupillage, Tara assisted on a number of interesting cases. With Wayne Beglan, she was involved in a planning inquiry at Horsham which concerned the impact on heritage assets of a new residential development. With Clare Parry, she was involved in a judicial review of a local planning authority's failure to notify and consult with neighbouring landowners regarding an application for residential planning permission.

    More recently, Tara assisted James Findlay QC in advising on development consent orders and access rights, including wayleaves and easements, in the context of onshore electricity transmission infrastructure.

    She recently appeared in the High Court in a successful application for an injunction under s187B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 which concerned use of land by gypsies and travellers.

    Tara has also advised property owners on prosecution, sentencing and Proceeds of Crime Act applications in respect of breaches of planning control.

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016
    31.05.2016
    The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning Act....

    Overview

    Tara is developing a practice in licensing law and welcomes instructions in this field.

    During her pupillage Tara gained particular experience in relation to taxi licensing issues. In particular, Tara assisted Jo Cannon in advising on licensing requirements arising from the overlap of licensing regimes for private hire vehicles and public service vehicles. She also assisted James Findlay QC in advising on a taxi license application by a former driver who had been accused of historic sexual offences.

    In 2016 Tara was a member of a team from Cornerstone Barristers which advised a national feminist organization appearing in a parliamentary inquiry into prostitution, specifically into whether the UK should adopt a so-called 'sex buyer law' under which the law criminalises the buyer rather than the seller of sexual services.

    Cases

    Fabric
    22.11.2016
    The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

    News

    Parliamentary Inquiry into Prostitution
    21.03.2016
    A team from Cornerstone Barristers is advising a national feminist organisation appearing in an inquiry into prostitution. The Home Affairs Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into prostitution, and in particular....

    Overview

    Tara has a particular interest in this area of law and is keen to develop this area of her practice. She has acted for both housing and adult social care departments of local authorities in inquests into the death of persons who passed away during their involvement with social services.

    News

    Parliamentary Inquiry into Prostitution
    21.03.2016
    A team from Cornerstone Barristers is advising a national feminist organisation appearing in an inquiry into prostitution. The Home Affairs Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into prostitution, and in particular....

    Tara's publications

    1st September 2016

    Tara has contributed articles to Local Government Lawyer and the LSE Review of Books.

    Tara's publications prior to coming to the Bar include:

    • Report published by REDRESS: Driving Forward Justice: the Rights of Victims of International Crimes in the EU
    • Handbook for litigants seeking reparation, published by REDRESS: Handbook for Victims of Serious International Crimes in the EU: Your rights to access support, advice and justice
    • Report of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ensuring Accountability for Domestic Violence: An analysis of sentencing in domestic violence criminal proceedings in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Issues in International Criminal Justice, Mind the Gap: UK Law on Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, and the Prospective Jurisdiction of the ICC

    Local Government Lawyer: What now for selective licensing?

    17th March 2016

    Local Government Lawyer has published an article by Tara O'Leary on the latest developments in relation to selective licensing, including the end of borough-wide schemes and the Govnerment's "20/20" rule.

    Click here to read the full article.

    Tara has given training on housing and anti-social behaviour to local authorities and social housing providers. She welcomes instructions or invitations to provide tailored training sessions or contribute to larger-scale seminars.

    • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
    • Social Housing Law Association (SHLA)

    Case

    High Court rejects Article 14 challenge regarding security of tenure for local authority employees occupying ‘tied accommodation’

    21st June 2017

    Paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1985 provides that accommodation occupied by employees of local authority landlords, who occupy the property for the better performance of their duties,....

    News

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2017

    6th February 2017

    The Editor Speaks - Andy Lane   The Housing and Planning Act 2016 Update - Tara O'Leary Homelessness Reduction Bill update 2016/17 - Matt Lewin Neighbourhood Planning Bill 2016/17 - Liam Wells Recent Housing....

    Case

    Fabric

    22nd November 2016

    The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

    News

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - November 2016

    3rd November 2016

    Contents The Editor speaks - Andy Lane When is an applicant "significantly" more vulnerable than ordinary vulnerable? - Emma Dring Recent housing developments The current state of play in the Mayor of London's housing....

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016

    31st May 2016

    The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning Act....

    News

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - May 2016

    4th May 2016

    The latest edition of the Cornerstone Housing Newsletter includes: Message from the Heads of Team – Kuljit Bhogal and Kelvin Rutledge QC Hotak, Johnson & Kanu one year on – Kelvin Rutledge....

    News

    Parliamentary Inquiry into Prostitution

    21st March 2016

    A team from Cornerstone Barristers is advising a national feminist organisation appearing in an inquiry into prostitution. The Home Affairs Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into prostitution, and in particular....

    News

    Local Government Lawyer - What now for selective licensing?

    17th March 2016

    Local Government Lawyer has published an article by Tara O'Leary on the latest developments in relation to selective licensing, including the end of borough-wide schemes and the Govnerment's "20/20" rule. Click....

    News

    Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 - Presentations

    3rd March 2016

    Presentations from the Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 are now available to view on the newly launched Local Government Law.tv platform. Click the links below to view previews of the videos.
  • Key developments in Housing....

  • News

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2016

    1st February 2016

    The latest Cornerstone Housing newsletter includes:
  • The death of the social rented sector? Selective thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill – Ranjit Bhose QC 
  • Private registered providers: back to the private sector? Emma....

  • News

    Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter - July 2015

    23rd July 2015

    The latest Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter includes...
  • Message from the Heads of Team - Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal
  • The Supreme Court's interpretation of vulnerability in Hotak, Kanu and Johnson- Matt....

  • EVENT

    Public law/Equality Act 2010 defences seminar

    7th June 2017

    1

    Local Authorities and Housing Associations are increasingly facing defences to their possession claims based on some public law challenge, or the Equality Act 2010.  This is especially so with respect....