Grainne Mellon

Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Gráinne specialises in public and employment law. She has a particular expertise in human rights and discrimination and is a member of the Preferred Panel of Counsel of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Gráinne was called to both the Bar of Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2013. She is able to accept instructions from members of the public on a direct access basis.

Gráinne provides advice and representation in judicial review and human rights challenges arising in a range of areas including education, immigration and asylum (including detention), community care and claims arising out of the criminal justice system. She has expertise in the full spectrum of Court of Protection work and regularly represents family members, local authorities and the Official Solicitor in fact-finding and best interests hearings.

In education law, Gráinne is instructed in both schools and children cases and in higher education cases. She has a particular expertise in disability discrimination aspects of these claims. She is instructed in special educational needs (SEN) appeals and represents parents, schools and local authorities in exclusion and admission cases. Gráinne also represents students in further and higher education matters including in internal disciplinary hearings, fitness-to-practise matters and in respect of appeals to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (“OIA”).

In immigration, Gráinne is regularly instructed in First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunal on the full range of asylum, deportation, detention, family reunion and Article 8 appeals.