Paul O'Callaghan (2008)

Paul O'Callaghan (2008)

LLB (Hons) Cardiff
Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Qualified in 2008 Public Access Accredited
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Profile

General Information

Paul O'Callaghan joined Clerksroom in 2013 having previously practised as a solicitor-advocate with a national firm of solicitors.

Paul is now ten years Call (where do the years go!) and he is a specialist employment and personal injury lawyer. Paul's PI practice is focused on road traffic accidents and holiday sickness claims.

Employment 

Paul is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and a specialist employment lawyer with a national practice encompassing the full range of employment law issues including but not limited to:-

Unfair Dismissal;
Constructive Dismissal;
Wrongful Dismissal;
Discrimination;
Equal Pay;
Whistleblowing;
Flexible Working.

Paul regularly appears at tribunals nationwide but he prides himself on a conciliatory approach to employment disputes and he is pleased to say that the vast majority of cases that he deals with settle amicably without the need for a hearing which ultimately saves the parties time and costs. Paul's employment work is generally split at 75% Claimant and 25% Respondent.

Paul offers advice in writing and by telephone as well as assistance with disciplinary and grievance procedures, document drafting and advocacy at interim and final hearings.

Personal Injury and Civil Litigation 

Paul maintains a busy civil litigation practice which includes acting in property, contract and business disputes although the majority of his work is PI and specifically RTA and Holiday Sickness claims.

Paul regularly provides drafting and advisory services to solicitors who routinely instruct him to attend hearings including:-

Pre-Action Disclosure;
CCMC;
Applications;
Trials including liability, causation and LVI / alleged fraud. 
Motorcycle Claims;
Credit Hire;
Costs;
Inquests.

You will find Paul to be an experienced and tenacious advocate and when not in Court you may find him 'relaxing' by entering endurance running events. As such he is always willing to go the extra mile!
(Marathon PB 2hr 59 minutes).

Paul is flexible and approachable and always willing to have an informal discussion about your case or query at any stage in proceedings.

Paul is willing to accept instructions from the public on a direct access basis and he has been granted full litigation privileges.

Paul has received excellent feedback from both lay and professional clients and he always welcomes feedback so that he can continue to improve upon the service that he provides. 

Paul is based in Cardiff but he can attend Court anywhere within England and Wales.  

Paul was proud to represent Team GB at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and after a long hiatus he has recently returned to his sport of target shooting.

Paul is also a qualified pilot and happy to advise on aviation law matters. 

Paul is a member of the following groups:-    

  • Road Traffic Group
  • Personal Injury Group
  • Clinical Negligence Group
  • Motorcycle PI Group
  • Inquests Group
  • Industrial Disease Group
  • Fraud Group (Claimant) - RTA & PI Fraud Counsel
  • Credit Hire Group
  • Defendant Credit Hire Group
  • Costs Group
  • Employment Law Group
  • Contract Law Group
  • Consumer Credit Group
  • Sale of Goods Group
  • Landlord & Tenant Group
  • Insolvency & Bankruptcy
  • Public Access Accredited Group (also authorised to conduct litigation under Public Access rules).

Paul is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA).

Testimonials

Testimonials

Areas of Law

Paul O'Callaghan (2008) is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:

  • Employment
  • Personal Injury
  • Road Traffic
  • Approved for the following panels:
  • Costs
  • Inquests
  • Land & Property
  • Personal Injury
  • Road Traffic

Outside of these key areas of law, Paul O'Callaghan (2008) is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Paul direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.

Fees and Feedback

Fees and Feedback

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SERVICES:

Please see “profile” tab for description of the legal services provided by this barrister.

We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.

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Complaints information

If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=416

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