S O'Brien

Susan O'Brien Q.C.

Year of Call: 1987

Year of Silk: 1998


B.A. (Hons) University of York

B.Phil University of York

LL.B University of Edinburgh

Special interests


Personal Injury

Public law, including judicial review and human rights


Solicitor 1980-86; called to the Bar 1987; took silk 1998; Standing Junior Counsel to the Home Office and other government departments 1992-98; temporary Sheriff 1995-99; a legal advisor to the General Teaching Council for Scotland Disciplinary tribunals 2005-10; Chair of the Caleb Ness Inquiry for Edinburgh Child Protection Committee, Report 2003; Chairman of Faculty Services (an elected office bearer) 2005-7. JUDICIAL POSTS: Member of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (UK) 2000 to date; fee paid Employment Judge 2000 to date; Member of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal 2012 to date.


Standing Junior Counsel to the Registrar General 1991-1992

Standing Junior Counsel to the Home Office 1992-1997

Standing Junior Counsel to the Keeper of the Registers 1998

Temporary Sheriff 1995-1999

Reporter to the Scottish Legal Aid Board 1999 - date

Part-Time Chairman of the Employment Tribunals 2000 - date