Sinead Agnew

Year of Call: 1998

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Sinéad was a full time member of Serle Court until 2002, where she had a general commercial Chancery practice, specialising mainly in fraud and asset-tracing and offshore litigation.  Between 2002 and 2009 she was employed as a litigation lawyer by a number of leading Jersey firms, including Bedell Cristin and Ogier.  During her time in Jersey Sinéad undertook a wide range of work, including in particular high value trusts disputes, advising trustees on all legal aspects of trusts administration, insolvency, multi-jurisdictional enforcement proceedings and multi-jurisdictional probate disputes.   Sinéad is a founding member of the Institute of Law in Jersey, which was established in 2008, and between 2009 and 2014 she acted as Hon. Secretary to the Jersey and Guernsey Law Review.  In 2009 she left full-time practice to work on a PhD in law at the LSE, which she completed in April 2015.

Sinéad joined Cardiff Law School as a lecturer in October 2015, where she teaches trusts and contract law.  Her research interests lie in the area of equitable and contractual doctrine, contract and insolvency law. Sinéad’s PhD thesis analyses the meaning and function of conscience and unconscionability in trusts and contract law and she is currently developing this work further for publication. 

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Education & Qualifications

1995 Ll.B (Hons), University of Dublin, Trinity College

1996 Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford

1997 Bar Vocational Course, College of Law, London (Prince of Wales Scholar, Gray's Inn)

1998 Call to the English Bar

2004 M.Phil in Economic & Social History, Pembroke College, Cambridge (Gates Scholar)

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