Our People

A number of our lawyers have been ranked by Chambers & Partners UK and have trained and qualified with some of the largest Northern Irish, UK and Irish law firms (including Clifford Chance, Jones Day, Hill Dickinson, Cobbetts, Tughans and William Fry) and are therefore well accustomed to providing clients with the highest levels of service.
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Karen O’Leary Practice Areas – Family & Child and Mediation

Karen is the Head of the firm’s Family Law practice. She was educated at the United World College (New Mexico USA), Birmingham University and The College of Law (Chester). Karen qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 1994 and worked for three years for Gouldens (now Jones Day) in the City of London and Brussels before moving to Northern Ireland in 1995 when she was admitted as a Solicitor in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Karen has extensive expertise on all of the issues which may arise on the breakdown of a relationship. She has specialist expertise in cases involving an international dimension, in both public and private law. In 2011 Karen was invited to join the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML), an organisation of leading global family lawyers, and is regularly consulted by Government and State agencies on the registration of orders in other jurisdictions.

Karen is an accredited member of the Northern Ireland Children’s Panel. She is a member of rights of Audience Committee with the Law Society of Northern Ireland. Karen holds a Diploma in European Competition Law from King’s College London, a Diploma in State Aid from the University of Louvain in Belgium and is a qualified Advanced Advocate in Northern Ireland. She is a regular speaker on family law matters and has addressed the Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference and the European Family Justice Observatory (EFJO). The forum provides online videos by leading experts and networking on European Family Law for legal practitioners mediators, judges, officials and decision makers. She is a qualified mediator and member of LEPCA (Lawyers in Europe on Parental Child Abduction) and a panel member for the Central Authority of Northern Ireland in respect of Hague Convention proceedings and a member of the panel of specialist lawyers of Reunite (a charity specialising in providing information relating to international parental child abduction and the movement of children across international borders) www.reunite.org

“Karen O’Leary of Caldwell & Robinson is praised for the rapport she builds with clients. “She is very approachable, and clear and concise with her opinions and advice. Her positive and supportive attitude made the whole process much easier than I had anticipated,” says one client. Qualified in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and England and Wales, O’Leary regularly assists clients in cross-border cases.” (Chambers & Partners UK – 2015)

E: k.oleary@caldwellrobinson.com
T: 0044 (0) 2871 261 334

Ciara O’Connell Practice Areas – Personal Injury including Road Traffic Accidents, Employer’s Liability, Public Liability, Medical Negligence, Criminal Injury, Workplace Regulatory matters, Employment and Professional Negligence

Ciara was educated at the University of Ulster obtaining a degree in Law and Politics (LLB Honours) before undertaking the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester.

Ciara completed her legal training with top regional UK law firm, Pannone LLP in Manchester and joined top UK national and international law firm, Hill Dickinson LLP upon qualification in 2009. Whilst at Hill Dickinson, Ciara specialised in Defendant Insurance Litigation acting on behalf of a range of large insurance companies and a number of self-insured organisations, including various rail and bus companies, major retailers, distribution companies and a police force.

During her time at Hill Dickinson, Ciara was seconded to Global Insurance Company, Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A in London and has completed several courses at Hill Dickinson’s Business School.

Ciara covers all areas of civil litigation with the ability to act on behalf of both Plaintiffs and Defendants.

Ciara can deal with all levels of claim, including serious and catastrophic injury.

E: ciara.oconnell@caldwellrobinson.com
T: 0044 (0) 2871 261 334

Emmett Maginn Practice Area – Family and Child

Emmett is an experienced lawyer currently specialising in family and children law matters, alongside human rights and health/social care judicial review issues, with particular interest in cases with cross-border dimensions.

In his previous role at Browne Jacobson LLP, Emmett acted for the NHS, Local Authorities and Independent sector organisations advising on a wide range of issues including mental capacity, mental health, information governance, community care and judicial review.

Prior to that he the head of the Community Care and Housing Teams at Coventry Law Centre, where he had a particular focus on complex housing litigation matters and health and social care judicial review.

He is also an experienced advocate having represented clients in court for over eight years, four of which as the duty solicitor at Coventry County Court. He cross-qualified as a solicitor from the Bar of England and Wales and is registered to practice in Northern Ireland, England and Wales, and the Republic of Ireland.

E: emmett.maginn@caldwellrobinson.com
T: 0044 (0) 2871 261 334

Ciara Hanley Practice Area – General Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Health Law and Child Law

Ciara is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway (Bachelor of Corporate Law and L.L.B) and she trained with Matheson. Ciara also holds a Diploma in Health Law and a Certificate in Sports Law. Prior to joining Caldwell & Robinson she practiced in Dublin for ten years and while working with Hayes McGrath Solicitors she advised some of the top insurance companies in both Ireland and the UK.

Ciara has a proven track record of dispute resolution before the District Court, Circuit Court and High Court as well as other specialist tribunals and commissions such as the Residential Institutional Redress Board. She has also advised in the area of health and regulatory law and represented clients before a number of Fitness to Practice and Professional Conduct committees of health regulatory bodies including the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.

Practice areas include general litigation, personal injury litigation, medical negligence, health law and child law.

Ciara is admitted to practice in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and was appointed to the Committee of the Irish Women’s Lawyers Association in 2018

E: ciara.hanley@caldwellrobinson.com
T: 0044 (0) 2871 261 334

Jade O’Kane Practice Area – Residential Conveyancing

Jade was educated at Queen’s University Belfast (Honours Law). During her time at Queen’s, Jade achieved first place in Conveyancing and was awarded the McKane Medal for achieving first place in Jurisprudence.

During her undergraduate studies, Jade was awarded a scholarship to study business for a year at Presbyterian College, South Carolina. She was placed on the Dean’s List of Presbyterian College in recognition of her academic achievement. Jade was also awarded Degree Plus in recognition of the activities she had undertaken in the development of employability skills beyond the programme of academic study.

Jade undertook her professional legal training at the Graduate School of Professional Legal Education at the University of Ulster. She won the prestigious Arthur Cox prize for being placed first overall in the Postgraduate Diploma in professional legal practice. Jade has completed a course in Commercial Conveyancing and is also qualified to practice in the Republic of Ireland. Jade’s primary areas of expertise are Residential Conveyancing, Wills and Probate, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Controllership applications for private clients.

“What impresses me most about Jade is her efficiency and attention to detail.  I would be happy to recommend Jade to anyone because I know the level of service that she has given me and my customers in the past.  She is a pleasure to work with.”  (A. McE.)

E: j.okane@caldwellrobinson.com
T: 0044 (0) 2871 261 334