Greg O'Ceallaigh#3338

Greg O'Ceallaigh

Greg is a barrister specialising in asylum, immigration and public law. He is originally from Dublin.

Greg's work consists of asylum, human rights, deportation, detention, citizenship/nationality, work and education visas, family reunion and other entry clearance work. Greg is an experienced Tribunal advocate both at the First Tier and the Upper Tribunal.

Greg has a particular interest in immigration detention and has represented detainees at every level from the Tribunal to the Administrative Court. He frequently appears pro bono on behalf of Bail for Immigration Detainees.

Greg has a substantial public law practice involving judicial reviews of immigration decisions, notably in detention, nationality, fresh claims and certification, third country, age assessment and children's long residence matters. He has much experience of urgent removal cases.

Education: Greg trained at Garden Court Chambers and Tooks Chambers before becoming a tenant at 1 Pump Court. In 2013 he joined Garden Court Chambers.

Before pupillage Greg worked as a researcher for Keir Starmer QC, the current Director of Public Prosecutions. He was a paralegal at Janes Solicitors while volunteering at the AIRE Centre advising on European law and human rights to members of the public. He assisted in research for Blackstone's Guide to the Identity Cards Act 2006.

Greg has a degree in Philosophy and English from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters' Degree in Legal and Political Theory from University College London. He completed his CPE at City University and BVC at the Inns of Court School of Law.

In 2005 Greg was awarded a Gold Medal for Oratory by the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College Dublin.In 2006 Greg was awarded the Otto Rix Scholarship by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
Contributed to


False imprisonment
False imprisonment
Practice notes

This Practice Note covers false imprisonment generally and in the personal injury context. It discusses liability, limitation, causes of action, procedure and damages.

Practice Areas


  • Contributing Author
  • Q&A Panel

Qualified Year

  • 2006






  • MA Legal and Political Theory, BA (Hons) Philosophy and English

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