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Miss Kerri ONeill

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

Pre-Litigation disputes

Construction disputes

Contract disputes

Boundary and Neighbour disputes

Inheritance disputes

Disputes with Local Authority’s / Trusts in relation to:

– care packages for adults or children

– support packages

– SEND assessments

– adoption support packages

Court of Protection issues

Employment disputes

Workplace disputes between colleagues

Employment disputes between employers and employees

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, including their 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 in public law proceedings.

Kerri’s practice also covers Private Family applications for residence, contact, SGO’s private adoptions, division of matrimonial assets and cohabitation. Kerri is regularly instructed to cover CMH, FDRH, DRH, Fact Finding Hearing, Final Hearings and interim applications, Court of Protection Proceedings and Judicial Review.

Kerri is a qualified Civil, Commercial, Employment and Workplace Mediator.   Kerri has experience in negotiating and mediating on behalf of clients in family proceedings.  Kerri brings this experience to the fore when mediating, particularly where the mediation subject is emotive and sensitive to you, your family and/or your business.  Kerri brings professional experience, impartiality, independence, understanding and discretion to each and every mediation session.

Kerri is authorised to accept instructions on a Direct Access basis.

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


Notable Cases

A (a child: Article 8 rights of a father who murdered the mother) [2018] EWHC 3795 (Fam) (13 December 2018)


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