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Niamh specialises in social housing law, property disputes and personal injury. She is accredited for the purposes of Direct Access, and is willing to accept direct instructions from members of the public in appropriate cases.

Personal Injury Law

All aspects of personal injury work including traumatic brain injuries, employers’ liability, industrial disease including HAVS, deafness and asthma claims, fatal accidents, liability of public authorities, motor claims and occupiers’ liability.

  • (2017) – Represented a claimant who sustained a significant brain injury as a result of a road traffic accident.
  • (2015) – Represented a claimant who sustained brain injury and consequent personality change following a hit and run accident.
  • (2011) – Represented a child claimant seeking damages against a construction company arising out of an accident in which she sustained a fractured skull and consequent brain injury.
  • (2010) – Represented a claimant in an action against his former employer for significant injuries caused by a fall at work. Negotiated a settlement worth in excess of £700,000.

Recent Seminars

  • Right to Buy: Preventing Fraud (2017)
  • Tenancy Deposits and Possession Proceedings (2017)
  • Introduction to the Environmental Protection Act for Landlords (2016)
  • Expert Evidence in EPA proceedings (2015)
  • Homelessness: Out of area Placements and Referrals (2013)
  • Localism Act and Security of Tenure (2013)

Webinar Download Material

25/11/20 - Housing Download - Reactivating Possession Hearings

Areas of Expertise

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Professional memberships

  • Social Housing Law Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association


  • Residential Tenancies (5th Ed) 2009 Wildy Practice Guides — Co-author


  • University of Sussex: Law and French (LLB)
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Inns of Court School of Law – Bar Vocational Course (Graded “Outstanding”)


  • French and Irish

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Housing Law Bulletin: When is settled accommodation actually settled?

Housing Law Bulletin: When is settled accommodation actually settled?

Niamh O’Brien discusses the recent Court of Appeal decision on ‘settled accommodation’ and asks: when is accommodation ‘settled’? Doka v London Borough of Southwark [2017] EWCA Civ 1523 Introduction The ‘full housing duty’ owed by local authorities to house homeless applicants does not apply to those who have become intentionally homeless. In order to be

Published: 7th Nov 2017

Housing Law Bulletin No 12 – updating service of 2015 on all issues relating to housing law

Housing Law Bulletin No 12 – updating service of 2015 on all issues relating to housing law

Welcome to this, our twelfth updating service of 2015 on all issues relating to housing law — whether social or private, landlord or tenant. Here, Niamh O’Brien offers a case law update : Mansing Moorjani v Durban Estates Limited [2015] EWCA Civ 1252 An unusual set of facts permits the Court of Appeal to review the legal basis for damages to be awarded for disrepair to premises let on a long lease.

Published: 22nd Dec 2015

Housing Law Bulletin No 2

Housing Law Bulletin No 2

Welcome to this, the second bulletin from the Housing Team. We hope that you will find the content of interest: if you wish to receive further updates you can subscribe by replying to housing@42br.com. Topic: Akerman- Livingstone v Aster Communities Ltd “Can the court summarily dispose of a defence to possession based on an allegation of unlawful

Published: 31st Mar 2015

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