Gavin Rothwell BL

  • Junior Counsel: 2018

LL.B. (DUBL); Barrister-at-Law (King's Inns); Certificate in Charity Law, Trusteeship & Governance (Law Society)

Areas of Practice:
  • Criminal
  • Family Law
  • General Practice
  • Judicial Review
  • Tort & Personal Injury Law
  • Children's Law
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration & Asylum Law
Gavin Rothwell BL

Other Memberships:
Employment Bar Association
Family Lawyers Assocation
Immigration, Asylum & Citizenship Bar Association
Professional Regulatory and Disciplinary Bar Association
Direct Professional Access:

Gavin regularly appears before the District Court, Circuit Court, High Court, and the International Protection Appeals Tribunal. He accepts instructions in a wide range of civil, criminal and administrative laws matters.

Immigration & Asylum

  • Gavin has substantial experience in representing International Protection applicants before the IPAT, including the drafting of submissions and advocacy at hearing.
  • Over recent years Gavin has produced preliminary draft Judicial Review pleadings, relating to the leave application and/or the substantive hearing in proceedings concerning issues such as:
    • seeking an order of mandamus directing the respondent Minister to make a decision on an application for registration on the Foreign Births Register under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956;
    • seeking an order of certiorari following the Minister’s revocation of the applicant’s permission to remain in Ireland, in circumstances where the Minister acted ultra vires and contrary to EU law;
    • seeking an order of certiorari quashing the decision of the IPAT to refuse to grant international protection to the applicant in circumstances where the IPAT failed to consider all relevant materials provided by the applicant;
    • seeking declaratory relief that the Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 537 of 2006) were contrary to EU law and Directive 2006/126/EC and/or repugnant to the Constitution and were unlawful;
    • seeking an order of certiorari quashing the decision of the respondent Minister affirming a purported decision to revoke the Applicant’s permission to reside in the State pursuant to Regulation 27 of the 2015 Regulations and Article 35 of Directive 2004/38/EC.

Human Rights and Equality Law

  • Gavin’s experience in human rights and equality litigation and advocacy has included:
    • being instructed by an NGO to represent an applicant in proceedings pursuant to section 19 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003, for discrimination against the applicant in contravention of the Equal Status Act 2000;
    • providing an opinion to an NGO on the right to housing and the right to shelter within the Irish constitutional order.

Torts and Personal Injuries Law

  • Gavin has provided preliminary drafts of personal injuries proceedings in a wide variety of matters, including proceedings for breaches of:
    • negligence and breach of duty;
    • trespass to the person;
    • the intentional or reckless infliction of emotional suffering;
    • the constitutional right to privacy;
    • the constitutional right to the inviolability of the dwelling.
  • In addition to the above, Gavin is experienced in both running and opposing motions at interlocutory stage in Circuit Court and High Court proceedings.

Criminal Law

  • Gavin maintains a criminal defence practice in Dublin and on circuit. His criminal law practice incorporates both procedural applications in the District Court, and appellate advocacy including trials in the Circuit Court and High Court bail applications.

Legal Research and Opinions

    • The following matters have been the subject of legal research and draft opinions which Gavin has recently provided:
      • Prisoner Rights;
      • The failure of the Oireachtas to legislate and the implications of the decision in Damache v Minister for Justice and Equality [2021] IESC 6;
      • Assessing whether grounds exist for the commencement of Judicial Review proceedings;
      • Applications to stay civil law proceedings pending the outcome of related criminal proceedings;
      • The issuing of notices of intention to proceed;
      • The Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person (Amendment) (Stalking) Bill 2021.

Gavin has been a Member of the Human Rights Committee of the Bar of Ireland since 2021.

Gavin is also a signatory to Ireland’s Pro Bono Pledge, an initiative which encourages legal practitioners to dedicate time to pro bono work. Some of his recent such work has included:

  • Volunteering with the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC)
  • Providing pro bono legal services (drafting/advocacy/opinion work) to Community Law and Mediation.

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086-303 7202
Law Library Four Courts Dublin 7

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