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Robert O’Leary

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"An employment liability expert, who has experience of complex matters of significant value. He has handled group action litigations, industrial disease claims and cases relating to stress."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

Robert O’Leary practises in the fields of personal injury and industrial disease, representing clients throughout the UK. He has acted on behalf of insurers and institutions, including the UK and Welsh governments, as well as individuals and unions. He has experience of conducting cases at all levels, including in the Supreme Court. He is involved in complex cases from early preparation to resolution. He has particular experience in group and multi-party litigation. He also acts in professional negligence actions arising out of personal injuries litigation.

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Qualifications


  • 1989-90: Inns of Court School of Law Bar Vocational Course (7/800)
  • 1986-89: University of Wales, College Cardiff: LLB (first class)
  • Sir Samuel Evans Scholar (1989)
  • Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize (1989)
  • Cardiff University Law School Prize (1989)

Memberships


  • PIBA

Rankings


  • Robert is recommended as a leader in his field.
  • Robert is one of only about 20 barristers nationally to be listed in the Chambers & Partners National Disease Spotlight Table.

Recommendations


“His knowledge of noise-induced hearing loss is encyclopedic.”; “He is very impressive and has a wealth of experience in deafness work.”; “A very industrious and knowledgeable junior that clients really do warm to.”; “He is one of the most technically able barristers when it comes to medical and scientific issues.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Has extensive experience and is frequently almost as knowledgeable on the medical aspects of this as the medical experts instructed.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He’s very personable and likeable in court.” “Nobody knows more about military deafness cases than he does.” “He has huge experience of NIHL work and handles the big cases with ease.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“He’s very quick with his responses and will fight his corner – he doesn’t drop a case he takes on.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“He is brilliant on his feet and excellent with clients.”

Chambers & Partners, 2017

“An employment liability expert, who has experience of complex matters of significant value. He has handled group action litigations, industrial disease claims and cases relating to stress. Strengths: ‘Very bright and very experienced as well.'”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“Undertakes the full spectrum of disease work, and is particularly noted for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the issues surrounding noise-induced hearing loss cases… He is very approachable and easy to work with.”

Chambers & Partners, 2015

“Undertakes the full spectrum of disease work, and is particularly noted for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the issues surrounding noise-induced hearing loss cases… He is very approachable and easy to work with.”

Chambers & Partners, 2015

“Experienced in group and multi-party litigation.”

Legal 500, 2014

“Highlighted for his expertise of major disease cases. He also appeared in Baker v Quantum Clothing Group, illustrating that he is more than capable of taking on the best on a national stage.”

Chambers & Partners, 2013

“Robert O’Leary has an impressive record in occupational illness and disease litigation.”

Legal 500, 2013

He “has an excellent reputation for big ticket disease litigation.”

Chambers & Partners, 2012


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