Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 2022

Main Areas of Practice

Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Criminal Law
Family Law
Human Rights


Shonagh was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2022.

Shonagh completed pupillage with an experienced Criminal Defence Practitioner, gaining invaluable experience in a wide range of criminal matters, ranging from
those of a lower level to more complex matters.

During pupillage Shonagh also gained experience in Family Law, Judicial Review, Human Rights Law, Immigration Law, and Parole Hearings.

Shonagh is currently accepting instruction in all areas of law.


2022; Degree of Barrister-at-Law, The Honourable Society of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland

2021; BA Jurisprudence, St Hilda’s College University of Oxford

2022; Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies (Distinction), Queen’s University Belfast

Scholarships and Awards:

2022: JPB Maxwell Scholarship

2022; Benchers’ Advocacy Prize (First Place)

2022; Williamson Trust Fund (Highest Bar Exit Examination Result)

2022; Megaw Gift Fund (Highest Standard in Advocacy Modules)

2022; The Cleaver Fulton Rankin (Highest Standard in the Wills Examination)

2019-2021; Christine Hill Scholarship


2022; Benchers’ Advocacy Moot Competition (Winner)

2022; International Criminal Court Moot (Advocate, International Rounds)

2022; Faculty of Advocates and Northern Irish Bar Moot Competition (selected to participate as an Advocate)

2019; Oxford Inter-Collegiate Mooting Competition