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Aidan O'Neill QC

Edinburgh, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 3 departments

Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022

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Administrative & Public Law - Scotland (Bar)

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Aidan O'Neill QC
Aidan O'Neill QC is involved in cases of the most profound constitutional significance, appearing before the highest courts in the UK and EU. He specialises in challenges against government policy on public law, human rights or EU law grounds. He is renowned for his willingness to argue difficult cases, predominantly on behalf of petitioners.
Strengths: "He is a very tenacious and fearless oral advocate." "He has a phenomenal intellect but is down to earth and easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Martin Keatings as petitioner in an action to seek declarator regarding the legitimacy of Scottish Parliament holding an independence referendum with consent of Westminster.
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - Scotland (Bar)

Band 1

Aidan O'Neill QC
As a barrister practising across England, Wales and Scotland, Aidan O'Neill QC is well placed to advise on all aspects of human rights law in the context of the legal systems north and south of the border. He is highly regarded for his finely tuned advocacy skills and makes regular appearances before the Supreme Court, CJEU and ECtHR.
Strengths: "Aidan is a standout for his human rights work. He has an encyclopedic brain, he is hugely industrious and he is also very user-friendly. His court manner is forceful and robust." "He is a hugely experienced silk. He is very knowledgeable and is really great to work with."
Recent work: Appeared in the Supreme Court case Anwar v The Advocate General. The case related to the lack of availability of interim protective measures for claimants in employment tribunal discrimination claims in Scotland.
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Employment - Scotland (Bar)

Band 2

Aidan O'Neill QC
Aidan O'Neill QC is a highly respected practitioner who is noted for his practice in employment and equality law, which is strongly informed by his market-leading expertise in public law and human rights.
Strengths: "Obviously highly regarded, he does a lot of very high-profile cases and is very fiery and passionate."
Recent work: Acted for a consultant surgeon in a case questioning whether disciplinary charges were properly characterised.
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