Sinéad Agnew


Year of Call: 1998

Practice Overview

Dr Sinéad Agnew is the inaugural Catherine Seville Lecturer in Law at Newnham College and the University of Cambridge, where she lectures in Equity and Land Law.  Previously, she taught at UCL and the University of Cardiff.

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, she 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 a founding member and former governor of the Institute of Law in Jersey. 

Sinéad has published widely on equity and the law of trusts, Jersey law and modern legal history.  She has edited two collections of essays: Modern Studies in Property Law: Volume 10 (Hart, 2019) (with Ben McFarlane) and Pensions: Law, Policy and Practice (Hart, 2020) (with Paul S Davies and Charles Mitchell). 

Sinéad is a co-author of the next editions of Underhill and Hayton: Law of Trusts and Trustees 20th edn (LexisNexis Butterworths, forthcoming 2021) (with Jonathan Harris, Paul Matthews and Charles Mitchell) and Sealy & Worthington’s Text, Cases and Materials in Company Law 12th edn (OUP, forthcoming 2022) (with Sarah Worthington).  She is also working on a monograph, which seeks to explain the role of conscience in private law.

News & Events

  • News

    Dr Sinead Agnew inaugural Catherine Seville Lecturer in Law and a fellow of Newnham College

    Dr Sinead Agnew, an associate member of Serle Court, took up an appointment at the University of Cambridge... Read More

Education & Qualifications

LLB (Hons), Trinity College Dublin

M Juris (Oxon)

M Phil (Cantab)

PhD (LSE).

Memberships

Academic member of the Chancery Bar Association

Fellow of the Higher Education
Academy

News & Events

  • News

    Dr Sinead Agnew inaugural Catherine Seville Lecturer in Law and a fellow of Newnham College

    Dr Sinead Agnew, an associate member of Serle Court, took up an appointment at the University of Cambridge... Read More