Sinéad Agnew

Year of Call: 1998

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Sinéad is a lecturer at the UCL Faculty of Laws, where she teaches the law of property and trusts at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  She was previously a lecturer in law at Cardiff University (2015-17) where she taught trusts law and contract law. 

Sinéad’s research interests lie in the field of private law, particularly equity and trusts (under both English and Jersey law).  Her writing focuses on the moral justifications for, and the historical development of, equity and equitable institutions such as the trust.  Her current research projects include a historical account of the role of the trust in occupational pension schemes, and a book which seeks to explain the idea of conscience and its role in private law.

Before becoming an academic, Sinéad practised law for a decade, first as a full-time member of Serle Court and subsequently as a litigation lawyer in leading Jersey firms, such as Bedell Cristin and Ogier.   During her time in practice, Sinéad undertook a wide range of work, including civil fraud and asset tracing, high value trusts disputes, advising trustees on all legal aspects of trusts administration, insolvency, multi-jurisdictional enforcement proceedings and multi-jurisdictional probate disputes. She is also a founding member and former governor of the Institute of Law in Jersey. 

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Education & Qualifications

LLB (Hons), Trinity College Dublin; M Juris (Oxon); M Phil (Cantab); PhD (LSE).


Sinéad is an academic member of the Chancery Bar Association, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

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