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Dr Sinead Agnew
UCL Faculty of Laws
Bentham House, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens
Tel: + 44 (0)20 3108 8423
  • Lecturer in Property Law
  • Faculty of Laws

Sinéad Agnew joined the UCL Faculty of Laws in 2017.  She was formerly a lecturer in law at Cardiff University (2015-2017).  She is also a barrister (currently non-practising) and an associate member of Serle Court, a leading set of commercial chancery chambers.  

Before becoming an academic, Sinéad practised law for a decade, first as a barrister in London and, subsequently, as a litigation lawyer in Jersey, specialising in high value trusts disputes and advising trustees on all legal aspects of trusts administration, as well as 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 is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  In 2019 she was awarded the Excellence Award for Legal Teaching by the UCL Faculty of Laws.

Research Summary

Sinéad’s research interests lie in the field of private law.  She is particularly interested in the moral justifications for, and the historical development of equitable doctrine and equitable institutions such as the trust.  She is currently working on a monograph that seeks to explain the role of the idea of conscience in private law.

Teaching Summary


Property I and Property II

(Joint module convenor for Property II, 2019-20)


International and Commercial Trusts Law

Academic Background
2018   Fellowship Higher Education Academy
2015   Doctor of Philosophy London School of Economics and Political Science
2004   Master of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1998   Bar Vocational Course College of Law, London
1996   Magister Juris University of Oxford
1995   Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Trinity College Dublin
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