Joseph O'Brien > Chambers of Richard Norton > Sheffield, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Norton
St John's Buildings
S1 2GY

Work Department

Court of Protection
Catastrophic Injury
Clinical Negligence


For many years Joseph has been recognised as a leader in the field of adult social care and Court of Protection proceedings. He is regularly instructed by local authorities, hospitals, CCGs and other health care providers.

Joseph is also instructed by the Official Solicitor and family members. He regularly advises pre issue providing comprehensive guidance on evidence and focussing on the issues which need to be determined.

Joseph appears in medical and welfare cases, and is often instructed in contested property and affairs applications.

Since the onset of the argument about what is ‘deprivation of liberty’, Joseph has been at the cutting edge of this jurisprudence. He has appeared in a number of the leading cases and lead in the Supreme Court in the case of P v Cheshire West and Chester Council [2014] UKSC 19 (leading Ian Goldsack).

Joseph’s experience of public law, human rights, mental health and personal injury/clinical negligence ensures that his advice and representation is of the highest quality.

In the field of adult social care he has regularly advised public authorities on service provision, commissioning and procurement issues. He appears regularly in the Administrative Court on applications for judicial review.


Joseph read law at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. After graduating he became a lecturer in law in the Faculty of Law, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was called to the Bar in 1989. He undertook a pupillage in Newcastle upon Tyne and joined chambers in 1990.


  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Administrative Law Bar Association

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Joseph O’BrienSt John’s BuildingsHe remains the king of Court of Protection work on circuit.

St John’s Buildings is home to Joseph O’Brien, who is instructed on behalf of both protected parties and health care providers, as well as families and local authorities. Key areas of work include health care, deprivation of liberty and contested property issues.