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Room: Room 6, The Pightle

Tel: 01223 764009

LLB (Dub), MJur (Oxon), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (LSE), FHEA, Barrister (of Gray's Inn, non-practising)
Assistant Professor

Interests

Dr Sinéad Agnew is the inaugural Catherine Seville Assistant Professor in Law at the Faculty of Law and a Fellow of Newnham College. At the faculty, she lectures in Equity and Land Law.

Before joining Cambridge, Sinéad lectured in law at Cardiff University and then at University College London. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and in 2019 she won an Excellence Award for Legal Teaching from the UCL Faculty of Laws, based on student feedback.

Before becoming an academic, Sinéad practised law for almost a decade, first as a barrister in London and subsequently as a litigation lawyer in Jersey, with a focus on civil fraud and asset-tracing, and offshore trusts law. She is a Barrister (of Gray’s Inn, non-practising), an Associate Member of Serle Court, a founding member and former governor of the Institute of Law in Jersey, and an Academic Member of the Chancery Bar Association.

Sinéad's main research interests lie in the field of private law, including equity and the law of trusts, the law of obligations, and modern legal history. She is particularly interested in the moral justifications for, and the historical development of, equitable doctrine and equitable institutions such as the trust, and has published widely on these themes. Her work has been cited in the courts of England and Wales.

Sinéad has edited two essay collections: 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). She 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). Sinéad is also working on a monograph in which she seeks to explain the role of conscience in private law.

Publications

 

Books

Pensions: Law, Policy & Practice (ed) (Hart, 2020)

Co-editor(s):
Paul S Davies & Charles Mitchell
Publisher:
Hart
ISBN:
978-1-5099-2270-3
Published Aug 2020

Modern Studies in Property Law: Volume 10 (ed) (Hart, 2019)

Co-editor(s):
Ben McFarlane
Publisher:
Hart
ISBN:
978-1-5099-2137-9
Published Jan 2019

Articles

"The Nature of Trusts and the Conflict of Laws" (2021) 137 LQR 405

Co-Author/s:
Ben McFarlane
Citation:
(2021) 137 LQR 405
Published: Forthcoming

"Self-Declarations of Trust" (2019) 135 LQR 67

Co-Author/s:
Simon Douglas
Citation:
(2019) 135 LQR 67
Published: Jan 2019

"Trustees' Indemnities - Is Timing Everything?" (2018) 24 T & T 989

Co-Author/s:
Kathryn Purkis
Citation:
(2018) 24 T & T 989
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1093/tandt/tty166
Published: Dec 2018

"The Meaning and Significance of Conscience in Private Law" (2018) 77 CLJ 479

Citation:
(2018) 77 CLJ 479
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1017/S0008197318000582
Published: Aug 2018

"Some Thoughts on the Relationship Between the Pauline Action and the Désastre Regime in Jersey" (2012) Jersey and Guernsey Law Review 63

Citation:
(2012) Jersey and Guernsey Law Review 63
Published: Sep 2012

"Restitutionary Weapons in the Fight Against Fraud" (2008) Jersey and Guernsey Law Review 24

Citation:
(2008) Jersey and Guernsey Law Review 24
Published: Sep 2008

"Trustees, Tax and Disclosure - The HMRC Dimension" (2007) Jersey and Guernsey Law Review 72

Citation:
(2007) Jersey and Guernsey Law Review 72
Published: Sep 2007

Book Chapters

"Trusts as Pension Pots: A Legal-Historical Perspective, c1800-1925" in Sinéad Agnew, Paul S Davies & Charles Mitchell (ed(s)), Pensions: Law, Policy & Practice (Hart, 2020), pp. 1-29

Publisher:
Hart
Pages:
1-29
Published Aug 2020

" The Paradox of the Equitable Proprietary Claim" (with Ben McFarlane) in Sinéad Agnew & Ben McFarlane (ed(s)), Modern Studies in Property Law: Volume 10 (Hart, 2019), pp. 303-319

Publisher:
Hart
Pages:
303-319
Published Jan 2019

Book Reviews

Stephen Waddams: Sanctity of Contracts in a Secular Age: Equity, Fairness and Enrichment (2020) MLR

DOI:
https://doi.org.10.1111/1468-2230.12558
Published Aug 2020

Case Notes

The Reservation of Powers by Settlors: Intention and Illusion (2021) 80 CLJ 18

Published: Forthcoming