UCL Faculty of Laws

Dr Sinead Agnew

Dr Sinead Agnew

Lecturer in Property Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Aug 2017

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.  Her current research projects include an account of this historical development of pension trusts, and a book which 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


Higher Education Academy
FEL, Education | 2018
London School of Economics and Political Science
PhD, Law | 2015
University of Cambridge
M.Phil, Economic History | 2004
University of Oxford
MJUR, Law | 1996
Trinity College Dublin
LLBHONS, Law | 1995


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.