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Miss Kerri O’Neill

Called to the Bar: 2011 (Lincoln's Inn)

Called to the Bar Northern Ireland: 2012

LLB with first class honours: 2010

BPTC: 2011

In house practice: 2013 to 2017


Membership: Family Law Bar Association

Practice Areas


  • Adoption
  • Brussels II
  • Capacity & Vulnerable Adults
  • Care Proceedings
  • Change of Name
  • Child Abduction
  • Cohabitation
  • Contact
  • Court of Protection
  • Deprivation of Liberty
  • Damages
  • Financial Provision for Children
  • Financial Remedy
  • Hague Convention
  • Judicial Review
  • Injunctions
  • Inherent Jurisdiction
  • Local Authority Children's Services Advice
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Prohibited Steps Order
  • Removal from Jurisdiction/Relocation
  • Residence
  • Special Guardianship
  • Specific Issues Applications
  • Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
  • Wardship

Areas of Practice

Since qualification Miss O'Neill worked in-house in the legal departments of 7 local authorities, providing case management, advice and advocacy for their Children's Services. Kerri has a dynamic and in depth knowledge of the working of Local Authority Children Services, rights, duties and responsibilities. Kerri is confident in conducting Children Act 1989 and Adoption and Children Act 2002 proceedings on behalf of Local Authorities, ranging from EPO/ ICO applications, interim hearing, fact finding hearings and final hearing for care orders, supervision orders, secure accomodation orders, placement orders and leave to oppose adoption orders.

Kerri accepts instruction on behalf of local authorities, parents, guardians and intervenors.

Kerri has a particular interest in Deprivation of Liberty proceedings, Breach of Human Rights (including damages) applications, Court of Protection Proceedings and Judicial Review.

Kerri is happy to accept instructions in Private Family Law Matters for residence and contact, SGO's, private adoptions, division of matrionial assets and cohabitation.   

Kerri was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2012 and is happy to accept instructions in cross jurisdication Public and Private Law matters.


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