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Hendersons - Barristers' Chambers

Bernard O’Sullivan


Bernard now principally practises family law and related fields. He has extensive experience of advisory and advocacy work in public and private law children cases on behalf of parents, children and local authorities. He frequently advises and appears in matrimonial finance cases. He also practises in the related fields of property disputes between family members, Inheritance Act claims, probate and professional negligence.




One of chambers’ more senior practitioners, Bernard O’Sullivan now specialises in family law in all its aspects. His principal areas of practice are the law relating to children, financial and property litigation arising from divorce and the breakdown of personal relationships, and family issues arising on death including Inheritance Act claims and probate issues. He also advises on a wide range of common law issues, primarily in the context of family litigation.

Representative cases

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  • Pensions on divorce (2014)

    Advising in a series of professional negligence cases ion the issue of whether pensions had been inadequately considered or overlooked in settling financial order applications on divorce.

  • P v P (2013)

    Mother’s application for residence order less than one year after residence order to father.

  • W v M (2013)

    Liability of occupying co-owner to equitable accounting where non-occupying co-owner not excluded but not resident.

  • A v A (2013)

    Wife’s application for financial order on divorce where husband’s prosperity entirely derived from and dependent on his father’s business.

  • Q v R (2013)

    Private law children dispute where child had disclosed possible sexual abuse by father involving expert assessment of disclosure interviews.

  • Re K (2013)

    Advising husband on probate and Inheritance Act remedies where his recently deceased wife left all her property to her relatives other than the husband and the children.


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  • Family Law Bar Association
  • MA (Cantab) Classics & Law
  • MBA (Open University)

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