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Caoimhe
McKearney

Year of call: 2012

Introduction

Caoimhe joined chambers in September 2013 and has quickly established a busy practice specialising in property, chancery and commercial law. 

Caoimhe deals with a wide variety of real property, TOLATA and landlord and tenant matters.  She has experience of traditional chancery work including probate, trusts and charities, where her property expertise often provides a significant advantage, and also welcomes instructions in property-related professional negligence matters.

Despite her relatively junior call, Caoimhe has amassed a wealth of experience of County Court, High Court and Tribunal advocacy and appears regularly in both trials and interim applications, both on her own and as part of a team of counsel.  She has been instructed in substantial trials in both the Chancery Division and Queen’s Bench Division.

Caoimhe builds close working relationships with professional and lay clients and has already gained a loyal following, with clients ranging from individuals to large institutional lenders.

Caoimhe welcomes all attempts to pronounce her name – but for the record, it’s “Keeva”.  Outside of work, Caoimhe enjoys cooking, skiing and adventurous holidays.  At weekends, she can often be found performing at weddings and parties across the country with professional ceilidh band, Ceilidh Generation.

Recent cases

Hakmi v Hakmi [2014] EWHC 1444 (Ch): Caoimhe acted as Junior Counsel to John de Waal QC. The dispute, between several brothers and a number of Marshall Island companies, concerned interests in property in England and a major property development in Dubai, and involved issues of sham charges, partnership law, res judicata, conflicts of law and the application of Dubai/UAE law.

Willow Court Management Company (1985) Limited v Alexander: Caoimhe acted for one of the successful appellants (led by Alexander Bastin) in the leading Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) decision on the proper interpretation and scope of Rule 13 of the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013 – namely, the Tribunal’s power to award costs where a party has acted unreasonably in bringing, defending or conducting proceedings.

Qualifications

Caoimhe read Law at Clare College, Cambridge where she took a Double First and received a number of university and college prizes.  She studied the LLM at University College London on a full research scholarship and later completed the BPTC at Kaplan Law School with the assistance of the Lord Lowry Scholarship from Middle Temple.

Professional Associations

  • Property Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association