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Aidan O’Neill QC (Scot)

Contact: aidanoneill@matrixlaw.co.uk Practice Manager: alisonscanes@matrixlaw.co.uk

 

Aidan O’Neill is a “double silk”, being Queen’s Counsel at both the Scottish and English Bars. He has a wide ranging legal practice north and south of the border. He has a particular expertise in commercial judicial review and in constitutional law. He is a specialist in European law/public law, specifically in relation to planning and environmental issues.  He has a thriving employment law practice. He is a highly experienced pleader before the House of Lords/UK Supreme Court where he has appeared as senior counsel in over twenty appeals. He has also led cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union and has appeared before the European Court of Human Rights. In 2015 he was awarded the Legal 500 UK Bar Award for EU law silk of the year.

The Legal 500 (2012 edition) observed that “the ‘fantastic’ Aidan O’Neill QC is ‘perceptive and thorough, with a good understanding of clients’ needs’ and that ‘the Supreme Court is his natural environment’”. The Chambers 2015 Guide reiterates that “the Supreme Court is his natural forum – he can more than hold his own in that environment and is clearly well-respected there.” In addition he appears regularly in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, the Administrative Court, the Court of Session (Inner and Outer House) and in a variety of statutory tribunals.  He is also a widely published legal author with numerous legal articles, blogs posts and practitioner texts to his name to date. His books include EU for UK Lawyers (2nd edition, 2011), Judicial Review in Scotland: a practitioner’s guide (1999) and Decisions of the European Court of Justice and their constitutional implications (1994). He is currently engaged in writing a new book for Hart Publishing entitled Brexit, law and trade: a guide for the perplexed.

Aidan accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.
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