Susan O'Brien QC

Year of Call 1987         Year of Silk 1998

"She is absolutely marvellous; thorough, incredibly intelligent and simply a mind-bogglingly good advocate" - Chambers UK 2015

Susan has a long-standing experience of every kind of personal injury work, including industrial disease. She has extensive experience of catastrophic injury cases and psychiatric injury claims, in which she usually (but not always) represents the Pursuer. She is instructed by both pursuers and defenders in medical negligence cases, including high value and complex actions. These include cerebral palsy cases concerning babies born after negligent mismanagement of their mothers` labour.

As a fee paid (part-time) Employment Judge, she cannot appear in the ET or EAT, but she can accept instructions to appear in the Inner House (3 judges) or the Supreme Court.

Susan conducted countless judicial reviews when she was standing junior counsel for the Home Office. She maintains an interest in public law cases, many of which involve Human Rights submissions.

The future possibility of strategic litigation for children will interest Susan: as the author of a leading child protection report, with Inner House experience of challenging the legislation detaining children as not being compliant with the ECHR, she will be well placed to take on this challenge.


Marjory Campbell v Borders Health Board, 2011 CSOH 73; and MC v Borders Health Board 2012 CSIH 49


Helen Percy v Church of Scotland Board of National Mission 2006 SC (HL) 1, 2006 IRLR 195 HL.


Richard Holdich v Lothian Health Board 2014 SLT (OH) 495 - [2013] CSOH 197


BJ v Proudfoot 2011 SC 201


Eric Wallace as Curator to Ronald Pate v Stewart Homes (Scotland) Ltd and anr- 2013 CSOH 30


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