Tara O'Leary > Cornerstone Barristers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cornerstone Barristers

Work Department

Public and administrative law; local government; social housing; licensing; planning


Tara is developing a broad public law practice crossing Cornerstone’s core areas of practice, including all aspects of local government law; social housing, homelessness and allocations; community care and the Court of Protection; information law; planning and licensing.

She is frequently instructed by local authorities, housing associations and private clients. She has particular expertise in cases involving public law challenges, human rights and the Equality Act, having worked as a legal adviser and researcher specialised in human rights and international law in the UK and abroad before coming to the bar.

Tara has appeared in a number of notable recent cases including Hertfordshire CC v Davies [2017] EWHC 1488 (QB) and [2018] EWCA Civ 379 (s. 11 Children Act 2004, the Public Sector Equality Duty and ‘tied accommodation’ for employees); Dulgheriu & Orthova v Ealing LBC [2018] EWHC 1667 (Admin) (PSPO creating a ‘buffer zone’ restricting protests outside an abortion clinic in West London); Bridgend CBC v Boland [2017] EWCA Civ 1004 (compulsory purchase and certificates of appropriate alternative development); and R (Baksh) v LB Brent [2017] EWHC 894 (Admin) (judicial review of assessments under the Care Act 2014).

Called 2014, Middle Temple.


Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA); Social Housing Law Association (SHLA).


University of Limerick (2008 LLB Law & European Studies, 1st Class Honours), London School of Economics (2009 LLM in Public International Law, Distinction), University of Law (2014 BPTC, Outstanding).