Áine Flynn
    Áine Flynn, LLB, M.Litt graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1993 before completing a research Masters in Criminology there in 1994.

    She joined Terence Lyons & Company Solicitors as an apprentice and qualified as a solicitor in 1999. Áine took over as principal of that firm in 2005 and led them during the creation of KOD Lyons in 2011.

    Áine is a very experienced and effective District Court advocate with a large and varied case load. She has particular interest in, and experience of, mental health law and capacity and wardship issues, and has been a member of the Mental Health Commission and Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board panel of legal representatives since 2006. She is on the Legal Aid Board’s Private Practitioner Panel for the Coroner’s Court.

    Áine has wide experience in challenging unlawful detentions and in bringing judicial reviews on behalf of her clients. Some of these cases have led to landmark legal rulings, such as the striking down of certain provisions of the Vagrancy Act, 1847 with regard to the offence of begging.

    Áine is head of our Human Rights practice within the firm and is also a member of the Law Society Human Rights Committee.

    Áine has tutored in criminal law at both Trinity College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland. She has lectured on Human Rights on the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Medicine in UCD and is the author of the chapter, ‘The European Convention on Human Rights and Criminal Litigation in Ireland’ in the Law Society’s Training Manual.

    Áine has provided legal opinion on legislative reform to Amnesty International and is a member of the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), the Irish Women Lawyers Association, the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, the Mental Health Lawyers Association and the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (ACJRD). She is a pro bono adviser to the National Advocacy Service and is a member of the the recently established Sage Support and Advocacy for Older People Legal and Financial Group.

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