Ciara is committed to promoting the rights of the disadvantaged and is adept at working with vulnerable clients, particularly those with issues around mental health, substance misuse and offending behaviour.

Overview

Ciara has a multi-disciplinary practice, regularly receiving instructions to represent bereaved families at both Article 2 and non-Article 2 inquests. Ciara’s practice spans Housing, Immigration, Mental Health, Prison and Public Law. This multi-disciplinary practice enables her to offer holistic advice and representation. Overall, Ciara has been complimented on her calm, compassionate approach and enjoys working in areas where this is most needed.

Prior to the Bar, Ciara worked as a local authority homeless prevention officer advocating on behalf of young people and care leavers for suitable accommodation and improved access to services. As a result of this work, she has a keen interest in ensuring that her clients know and can access the range of services available to them and is well-versed in the duties owed by public bodies.

Ciara has achieved academic success finishing top of her class following her BPTC in 2016/2017. During her studies, she volunteered at the Greater Manchester Law Centre representing clients in welfare benefit appeals and also at the Personal Support Unit supporting litigants in person. Ciara is an active mentor and Young Legal Aid Lawyers committee member.

Inquests & public inquiries

Ciara represents bereaved families in a range of inquests where their loved ones have died in custody, hospital or in the community. She is instructed in both Article 2 and non-Article 2 inquests and regularly draws on her experience in prison law, mental health and community care. Recent cases include deaths in custody where neglect is in issue, the death of a man on a party boat and deaths in the community where there has been multi-agency involvement, including community mental health and probation.

Community care and mental health

Ciara has experience representing both restricted and unrestricted patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. As with other work, her background lends itself to representing young people and she has a particular interest in representing children and young people diagnosed with eating disorders.

Housing

Ciara has a broad housing practice covering possession, unlawful eviction, homelessness and injunction proceedings. She is particularly interested in cases that engage the Equality Act 2010 and those that incorporate community care elements.

Immigration

Ciara is regularly instructed in asylum, human rights, and deportation appeals, and bail applications. She has represented clients in both the First-tier and Upper Tribunals. Ciara’s experience working with young people and careleavers makes her particularly well-suited to representing unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Memberships

  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers (committee member)
  • Greater Manchester Law Centre
  • Women in the Law
  • BLAGG

 

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