Congratulations to Maurice O’Carroll for his Band 3 ranking in Chambers UK Bar 2021 for Planning and Environment - Scotland Bar
Chambers and Partners UK says Maurice as a "Seasoned junior with a substantial background in planning and environmental law. Conducts planning inquiries, judicial reviews and appeals spanning various sectors including renewable energy and residential property development"
"Maurice is very user-friendly." "He is very experienced and doing a number of bigger inquiries." state Chambers and Partners. Recently he appeared on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council at the Blarghour wind farm inquiry to resist an application to develop 17 turbines on landscape and visual impact grounds.
Maurice called to the Bar in Scotland 1995 and subsequently became dual qualified when he called to the Bar of England and Wales in March 2019.
He has developed a varied and successful practice with particular emphasis on Planning, Employment, Public and Administrative Law, Professional Negligence and Commercial Law as well as general reparation. He has conducted planning inquires for developers, objectors and local authorities and has appeared on many occasions in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal. He also has regulatory body experience, having appeared before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
Maurice is also a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and was Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government between 2003 and 2012. In addition to his extensive experience conducting civil actions within the Court of Session (both on appeal and at first instance), Maurice has experience of appearing in the Sheriff Courts, the Land Court and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. Maurice has also gained jury trial experience in his capacity as an ad hoc advocate depute for the Crown Office, a position he has held since 2002.
In August 2018, Maurice was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) having passed their exams in International Arbitration. He is a member of the Faculty of Advocates' Dispute Resolution Service (FDRS). Prior to that, in December 2015, he successfully completed the Scottish Community Mediation Centre's SCQF level 6 course in Mediation Skills.
In 1998 he was admitted as a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute (LARTPI) having successfully passed that body's professional examinations. Prior to coming to the Bar, Maurice O'Carroll worked in Brussels for three years, initially with the European Commission and then with a commercial law firm specialising in international trade.
Maurice is a door tenant at 33 Bedford Row Chambers in London and a tenant with Terra Firma Chambers