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

University of Aberdeen Diploma in International Arbitration Law

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.