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Caragh has a broad public law practice with an emphasis on Equality and Discrimination, Court of Protection and Inquests and Inquiries.

Prior to coming to the Bar Caragh practised as a solicitor (Scots law qualified) and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard Law School where she specialised in International Human Rights.

Administrative and Public Law

During pupillage Caragh has assisted members of chambers in respect of a number of public law matters including:

  • a legal challenge to the compatibility of primary legislation with Convention rights; and 

  • the application of COVID-19 regulations to individuals detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

In 2016-17, Caragh was judicial assistant to Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge at the Supreme Court, where she was involved in assisting the Justices on many leading public law appeals including R (Miller) v Secretary of Statement for Exiting the European Union [2017] UKSC 5; R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51 and R (A and B) v Secretary of State for Health [2017] UKSC 41.

Caragh has an excellent understanding of the inner workings of government having supported Ministers in the passage of primary legislation and prepared international litigation at the World Trade Organization while working as a solicitor at the UK Government Department for International Trade.

While completing her LLM at Harvard Law School Caragh served as Article Editor on the Harvard Human Rights Journal and was involved in preparing a report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child while volunteering for Harvard Advocates for Human Rights.

Caragh has also taught public law and administrative law tutorials at the University of Glasgow and has particular expertise in constitutional issues relating to devolution.

Equality and Discrimination

Caragh has a particular interest in the rights of women and children and individuals with disabilities. During pupillage Caragh:

  • assisted Aswini Weereratne QC in advising an NGO on the interplay between the ECHR and UNCRC in an intervention before the European Court of Human Rights; and

  • drafted a resource on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 for an NGO supporting individuals with learning disabilities.

Caragh previously worked as a solicitor at the Equality and Human Rights Commission where she led a project concerning the Commission’s strategic litigation and enforcement work in Scotland. Caragh has also worked on gender equality projects at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York and led a project at Capability Scotland on the impact on social welfare reform on disabled individuals.

Caragh’s LLM paper at Harvard analysed the Ashers Baking Company appeal and was supervised by US Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh.

Court of Protection

Caragh accepts instructions in Court of Protection proceedings. During pupillage she assisted her supervisor Sophy Miles with Court of Protection matters including section 21A applications and health and welfare proceedings.

Inquests and Inquiries

During pupillage Caragh assisted Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and Sophy Miles in a complex Article 2 inquest involving multiple IPs.