Andrew O'Connor has extensive experience of public law
litigation, in particular in acting for government clients.
He has been a member of the Attorney-General's civil panels since
2000, and was appointed to the A Panel in March 2011.
Much of his government work in recent years has been in the
field of national security. He has appeared both at first
instance and in the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the
Supreme Court in cases relating to control orders, national
security deportations, terrorist asset freezing and deprivation of
He also has considerable experience in the field of coronial
law. He has been instructed by the Prison Service in a large
number of death in custody inquests. In 2010-2011 he acted as
First Junior Counsel to the 7/7 inquests and also represented the
IPCC in the Tomlinson inquest. In 2012 he acted for SIS and
GCHQ in the inquest into the death of Gareth Williams. He is
currently instructed as one of the Counsel to the Inquest in the
Litvinenko inquest proceedings, and is also acting for the IPCC in
the Hillsborough inquests. He gives regular seminars on
coronial law to solicitors firms and gave a lecture on the same
topic to the 2011 PIBA Winter Conference.
He also acts for government and private clients in a variety of
other areas, including misfeasance and malicious prosecution
claims, personal injury actions, claims brought under the Human
Rights Act and VAT and Duties appeals.