What Clients Say
"It was a pleasure to work with Donnchadh. He was prompt in responding to any questions I had, kept me updated throughout, took the time to explain things to me where necessary and he is also very personable. He is knowledgeable and clearly committed… I look forward to instructing Donnchadh again in the future."
Donnchadh’s main areas of practice are community care, education, and inquests, with a particular focus on related public and discrimination law challenges. He is also developing a practice in civil actions against the police and public authorities.
Donnchadh is regularly instructed in urgent judicial review claims, particularly those that concern unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and migrants who face destitution. He has acted in unlawful detention claims and regularly represents clients in immigration detention. He has appeared both led and unled in the High Court and has worked across all stages of judicial review proceedings.
He has also been instructed in housing and social welfare cases resisting anti-social behaviour injunctions and has experience in representing clients who lack capacity.
During pupillage Donnchadh assisted with the successful High Court challenge to the decision of the Metropolitan Police Service to ban Extinction Rebellion’s Autumn Uprising protests in London. He also assisted with Liberty’s intervention in the Court of Appeal case, Bromley v Persons Unknown, which successfully challenged the use of borough-wide injunctions aimed at the Gypsy and Roma Traveller community.
Donnchadh has assisted with claims against the police and damages claims against local authorities arising out of delays in issuing care proceedings and failures to protect children at risk of harm.
In education law, Donnchadh has been instructed on challenges to EHCPs and has assisted in all aspects of education law including advising on public law challenges and related private law issues.
Before coming to the Bar, Donnchadh spent extensive time advising members of the public. He worked as an Advice and Information Officer in the legal team at Liberty advising on a broad range of issues including discrimination, data rights and actions against the police. At Liberty he ran a project providing advice to migrants in detention and worked with StopWatch, the police accountability charity, to provide a comprehensive ‘Know Your Rights’ guide to stop and search.
Donnchadh has particular expertise in advising migrants who face discrimination and are excluded from state support. He is a former volunteer of The Unity Project, who support migrants with no recourse to public funds and assist them in making applications to lift this restriction. He also worked for UKLGIG supporting LGBTI+ refugees going through the asylum process, as well as representing migrants in the social security and welfare tribunal as a volunteer caseworker for the benefits charity Z2K.
Donnchadh worked in the strategic litigation team as a volunteer paralegal at Just for Kids Law and ATLEU where he worked on numerous public law challenges and discrimination cases, including Taiwo v Olaigbe in the Supreme Court. At Just for Kids law, he worked on strategic litigation challenges to support children interacting with the criminal justice system including the practice of holding children in police cells, anonymity for children in criminal court proceedings and disclosure of children’s criminal records.