Orla graduated from Queens University Belfast with a LLB honours degree in Law in 2002. After obtaining a Diploma in Legal Practice, with distinction, in Northumbria University she was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 2008. She practised in a Belfast City Centre firm of Solicitors for 6 years before relocating to the South of England with her family. She worked for a firm of Solicitors in the greater London area. Upon her return to Northern Ireland she joined the Litigation department of Hool Law in February 2019.
Orla has experience in both Plaintiff and Defence litigation and specialises in Occupational Disease litigation; principally Noise Induced Hearing loss.