Nadia O'Mara

Year of Call: 2018

“I have instructed Nadia in complex cases, involving clients with learning difficulties and mental health issues and her work on these cases was excellent. She quickly established rapport with them and had great empathy that went beyond just doing her job. She is meticulous in her preparation and her written work is excellent”.

Solicitor Client

Nadia “not only understands the applicable law and policy with technical ease, but clearly grasps and understands the traumas suffered by our vulnerable client base … Her attention to detail was exceptional, and the legal and factual written arguments detailed in the skeleton argument was on a par with many experienced counsel we have instructed. I was particularly impressed with this considering her year of call.”

Solicitor Client

“I was tremendously impressed not only by the excellence of Nadia’s work but by her dedication to the case and willingness to go above and beyond her duties in order to achieve a fair and sustainable solution for our client.”

Solicitor Client

“I could see the fire of injustice in her belly and knew she was fighting for us."

Lay Client


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Nadia joined Garden Court as a tenant following successful completion of pupillage in October 2022.

Nadia has a broad public law and civil liberties practice. She accepts instructions in Administrative and Public Law, Immigration & Asylum, Community Care, Education, Human Rights & Civil Liberties, Court of Protection, and challenges under the Equality Act.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Nadia worked in the human rights sector at leading UK non-governmental organisations, Liberty and JUSTICE where she gained a wealth of experience in policy, campaigns and strategic litigation.

Nadia has extensive experience working with children and adults at risk, including survivors of trafficking, torture and gender-based violence as well as clients with special educational needs and mental health issues.  

Asylum & Immigration

Nadia has a strong background in immigration law. Prior to coming to the Bar, she qualified as an IAAS Senior Immigration Caseworker and worked for close to two years providing legal advice and assistance to migrants in Greece and Calais, France.

She has experience in asylum and human rights appeals, family reunions, deportation and EUSS claims. She welcomes instructions at the earliest stage and is always keen to work with her instructing solicitor to assist with evidence preparation and negotiation with the Home Office.

Nadia has a particular interest in issues arising in the context of immigration detention. She is regularly instructed in bail applications and provides a holistic approach to advice and representation, including where issues of unlawful detention and/ or asylum support arise.

She takes a trauma-informed approach to her practice and is trained in psychological first aid and working with people experiencing PSTD. 

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Administrative and Public Law

Nadia is building a busy judicial review practice which cuts across her multi-disciplinary practice. She has experience in judicial review in the areas of immigration law, community care, age assessments and education law.

Nadia takes a holistic approach to her practice and is adept at providing advice on potential public law challenges arising out of or alongside her caseload.

She has a strong academic and policy background, having taught public law at UCL and worked at organisations including Liberty and JUSTICE. Nadia welcomes instructions from NGOs to advise on legal issues arising out of policy matters as well as strategic claims and interventions. 

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Community Care Law

Nadia is regularly instructed and has had a number of successes in challenges to age assessments on behalf of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and in matters involving the entitlement of children and adults to support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Children Act 1989 and Care Act 2014. 

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Education Law

Nadia is regularly instructed in SEND Tribunal appeals in relation to Education, Health and Care Plans, and has experience in running – and securing settlement – in disability discrimination claims in the First-tier Tribunal.

She has developed particular expertise in challenging decisions to permanently exclude children from school and is confident running complex discrimination arguments. She is frequently instructed on behalf of young people and parents, often acting pro bono with organisations such as Just for Kids Law. 

Nadia was recently led by Stephanie Harrison KC in judicial review proceedings challenging the lawfulness of a school exclusion relying on the public sector quality.

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Nadia previously worked in the human rights sector for five years. Most recently, she was a Policy and Campaigns Officer at Liberty, where she led work challenging Government plans to weaken the Human Rights Act 1998 and limit access to judicial review. Before joining Liberty, Nadia worked for JUSTICE on a range of access to justice issues.

Prior to pupillage, Nadia worked in Lesvos, Greece, providing legal advice and assistance on asylum claims and family reunification applications. She worked on several successful applications for interim measures to the ECtHR. She has worked extensively with children and adults at risk, including victims of trafficking, torture and gender-based violence.

Nadia taught public law at UCL and was awarded the Laura Devine Prize for best performance in human rights at LSE. She was also awarded scholarships from Inner Temple and City Law School to fund the BPTC. Her work in Greece was supported by an Internship Award from Inner Temple. 


Exhibition Award, Inner Temple
Postgraduate Scholarship, City Law School
Laura Devine Prize for Best Performance in Human Rights, London School of Economics
Internship Award (2018 and 2020), Inner Temple


LLB, University College London, First Class
LLM (Master of Laws), London School of Economics, Distinction 

Professional Membership

  • Liberty
  • Administrative Law Bar Association

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