First Hundred Years Machaela O'Brien

Machaela O'Brien

Family Executive

Specialist Areas

  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Children Law
  • Social Services involvement with your family
  • Change of Name Deeds


Machaela advises clients in a broad range of family matters but particularly specialises in proceedings involving allegations of domestic abuse. She works closely with a number of domestic violence organisations and is well regarded in this area.

She acts in a variety of matters under the Children Act 1989 involving disputes over the living and contact arrangements for children.

In addition, Machaela advises clients in Public Law matters where social services have become involved with their family.

Machaela accepts instructions under the Legal Aid Scheme and will always carry out an initial assessment to establish if a client can benefit from Legal Aid.

Recent case: Children Act Proceedings involving domestic abuse … Read more

Acted for a client in Children Act proceedings involving allegations of domestic abuse to determine arrangements for child.

Recent case: Children Act Proceedings … Read more

Acted for a client in complex Children Act proceedings in which a finding of fact hearing was held and significant findings made against the other party.

Recent case: Non-molestation and Occupation Orders … Read more

Acted for a client in Family Law Act proceedings to obtain Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders.

Recent case: PLO meeting … Read more

Represented a client at a Public Law Outline meeting as a result of social services involvement.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Nature and Dynamics of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV) through Safer Futures