Aidan O'Brien

Thorough, knowledgeable, very responsive and personable…

Avinder Sidhu, Senior Associate, Kennedys (Clinical Negligence Department)

Sports Law

Aidan is a member of Chambers’ Sports Disciplinary and Regulatory group.

In September 2014, Aidan was appointed as a Judicial Panel Member for the Rugby Football Union. His role involves adjudicating on disciplinary issues and competition appeals arising from levels 1-4 of the game (Premiership, Championship and National Leagues 1 & 2). Aidan therefore has extensive experience as an Adjudicator and as representative counsel in sporting disputes.

Aidan also accepts instructions on the full panoply of sporting legal matters, including but not limited to contractual, commercial, competition, media, employment and injury based disputes.

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If you would like to instruct Aidan O’Brien or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

For more information about our clerking team, please click here for the clerks page.

Appointments & Memberships


  • Rugby Football Union Judicial Panel.
  • British Association for Sport & Law.
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association.
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association.
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.
  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists ‘ACTAPS’

Education & Qualifications


  • BPTC, City Law School, London.
  • MA Healthcare Law & Ethics, University of Manchester.
  • BA Law & Politics, University of Manchester.
  • St Colman’s College Grammar School, Newry, Northern Ireland.

Testimonials


I have had the pleasure of working with Aidan for the last four/five years. Aidan is an excellent barrister and in my view, stands out from other barristers because of his attention to detail and his quick thinking when faced with a difficult situation. Aidan also goes the extra mile with the witnesses, to make them feel at ease and keeping me happy at the same time.

Recently, we attended a Trial together. I normally pride myself in my attention to detail but Aidan spotted something that I had not and, as a result, got us out of what could have been a very sticky situation. Following the Trial, although we settled, the witness told me how impressed he was with Aidan; in particular the calm manner in which he dealt with the situation and the way Aidan made him feel at ease.

Aidan is also very helpful when it comes to “non fee” work and has carried out a number of seminars for my firm and is always happy to help. Recently I managed to persuade him to undertake the Three Peaks Challenge with me! I am not sure Aidan has forgiven me for that yet! I look forward to working with Aidan in the future.

Narrinder Taggar

Partner

Shakespeare Martineau

Publications


  • The British Medical Journal: ‘Lessons from the Ashya King case’.
  • The Guardian: ‘Nothing but the Truth’.
  • Farrar’s Building Website: ‘Consent to Medical Treatment – Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board’
  • Farrar’s Building PI Update: ‘Accidents Abroad: Jurisdiction, Liability and Damages’
  • Employment Law Update 2014: ‘Third Party Harassment after the Repeal of S.40 EqA’.
  • Farrar’s Building EL Seminar ‘S. 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013’