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Lucy O’Brien
Senior Associate - Solicitor
Administrative Law Education Law Inquests Judicial Review Professional Conduct Public Law

Lucy is a Senior Associate in Watkins and Gunn’s award-winning public law team. Lucy specialises in Equality and Human Rights and acts for the majority of Welsh and Northern Irish victims in the ongoing UK Infected Blood Inquiry. Lucy acts for campaigners and victims’ groups fighting closures and cuts to public services. She also acts for children and young people with SEN to secure appropriate education and healthcare provision.

Lucy has been involved in some of the most high-profile Human Rights cases the UK has seen, representing 1200 Iraqi civilian victims in the multi-party action against the Ministry of Defence (2015) and representing victims in the News International Voicemail Interception ‘phone hacking’ litigation (2011).

Lucy also has significant experience acting for families in Coroner’s inquests and in actions against the police.


Lucy graduated from Oxford University in 2005, qualified at Gateley Plc in 2009, Associate at Public Interest Lawyers 2015, Senior Official at NASUWT 2016, Senior Associate at Watkins and Gunn 2018 to date.

The Legal 500 UK Solicitors 2022 Edition

Lucy is named as a ‘Rising Star’ (a lawyer who frequently appears in significant matters) in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500 UK Solicitors Guide.  She is described as having ‘a wealth of knowledge of Welsh public law in relation to challenges to the decisions of public authorities in Wales‘.

Chambers & Partners 2022 Guide

Lucy is singled out as an ‘Associate to Watch’. She is described as having ‘a wealth of experience in public law and is frequently sought after to represent claimants in challenges concerning human rights and civil liberties as well as inquests and inquiries’.  “She works extremely hard for her clients” and “she is great to work with”. 

Notable Cases

  • R (Aso Mohammed) v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police 2010 EWHC 1228 (Admin) which involved the removal of a police caution, the removal of client from the Sex Offenders Register and damages for breach of the Human Rights Act in Judicial Review Proceedings.
  • R on the Application of Nashika Harrison v (1) Birmingham Magistrates Court (2) Chief Constable of West Midlands Police Court Of Appeal A (Civ Div) 2011) involving notifications made by police officers of hearings. The Court of Appeal invited the Lord Chief Justice to consider an amendment to the Magistrates’ Courts (Detention and Forfeiture of Cash) Rules 2002.


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