Sean accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice. 

Prior to undertaking his pupillage with Blackstone Chambers, Sean was a Teaching Fellow at University College London (Faculty of Laws), where he taught Contract Law (2019-20). He has was the Judicial Assistant to the Master of the Rolls in the Court of Appeal (2018-19), where he assisted the court with deciding a broad range of significant public and commercial cases. In 2018, he was a Summer Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, where he co-authored a report on the EU-UK Draft Withdrawal Agreement and the Government’s White Paper on the Future Relationship.

Sean commenced full-time practice on completion of his pupillage in September 2021.

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Commercial

Sean accepts instructions in all areas of Commercial law.

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Public & Regulatory

Sean accepts instructions in all areas of Public and Regulatory law.

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Sean accepts instructions in all areas of Civil Fraud.

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Employment

Sean accepts instructions in all areas of Employment law.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Sean accepts instructions in all areas of Civil Liberties and Human Rights.

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EU & Competition

Sean accepts instructions in all areas of EU and Competition law.

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Financial Services

Sean accepts instructions in all areas of Financial Servives Law.

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Public International Law

Sean accepts instructions in all areas of Public International Law.

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Sanctions

Sean assisted with advising on a number of sanctions matters during pupillage, and in particular on matters arising out of the new sanctions regime created by the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 ("SAMLA"). He has advised on various issues arising under SAMLA, including: the scope of the power to make sanctions regulations; Ministers' duties under SAMLA; and the duty to notify designated persons of changes to designations under SAMLA. He has also advised in relation to a number of particular sanctions regulations, including: the Global Anti-Corruption Regulations 2021; the Syria (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019; and the Counter-Terrorism (International Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (all assisting Jason Pobjoy).

Achievements

Education

  • City University, BPTC (Outstanding) 
  • University of Oxford, BCL (Distinction)
  • University of Oxford, BA Jurisprudence (First Class)
  • University of St Andrews, MA Philosophy (First Class — top of Faculty, top of year)

Prizes and Awards

 

City University, Bar Professional Training Course, 2019-20

  • Wilfred Watson Scholarship (awarded by Gray’s Inn).
  • City University BPTC Scholarship. 
Somerville College, University of Oxford, Bachelor of Civil Law, 2017-18
  • Law Faculty Prize for best performance in Constitutional Theory.
  • Oxford-Margaret Thatcher Graduate Scholarship (full-fee and stipend) awarded for academic merit.
  • Archibald Jackson Prize for performance on the BCL.
Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, BA (Hons.) Jurisprudence, 2014-2017
  • Second Undergraduate Degree Scholarship (full-fee for two years) awarded for academic merit.
  • Ashtiany Collection Prize performance in college exams (EU Law and Commercial Law).
  • College prizes for academic performance in first and second year.
University of St Andrews, MA (Hons.) Philosophy, 2010-14 
  • University Miller Prize (Arts) for the best graduating student in the Faculty of Arts.
  • Deans’ List for academic excellence in every year.
  • Sir Henry Jones Memorial Prize for the best student in Honours-level Moral Philosophy.
  • Honours Prize for the best student in Honours-level Philosophy.
  • Class Medal for History of Philosophy. 
  • Summer Internship Bursary supporting a 10-week independent research project over the vacation. 
  • Grieve Prize for the best student in first year Moral Philosophy. 
  • Module prizes for Mediaeval History and English Literature.

Publications

  • 2014 ‘Subsistence as a basic human right: a defence of Henry Shue’ in British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy, Vol. 8(1), 2014, pp.1-12. 
  • 2013 ‘Can an expressivist explain how normative claims feature in reasoning?’, in The Undergraduate Awards Journal, Vol. 5, 2013, pp. 347-366

Professional Experience

  • 2019-20 Teaching Fellow, University College London (Faculty of Laws)
  • 2018-19 Judicial Assistant to the Master of the Rolls, Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • 2018 Summer Research Fellow, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
  • 2017-18 Volunteer Researcher, Oxford Pro Bono Publico
  • 2012 Summer Academic Research Intern, Department of Philosophy, University of St Andrews.

Mooting 

  • 2017 Winner, Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Mooting Championship 
  • 2017 University of Oxford-Travers Smith Commercial Law Moot
  • 2016 Semi-Finalist & Runner-Up Best Oralist, 7 King’s Bench Walk Commercial Law Moot
  • 2015-16 Winner, Maitland Chambers Intercollegiate Mooting Competition 2016
  • 2014-15 Winner, Maitland Chambers Intercollegiate Mooting Competition 2015 

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