Before coming to the Bar, Sorcha was an employment paralegal where she worked on a wide range of cases including unfair dismissal, misconduct, and whistleblowing. She now has a busy employment practice and is experienced with dismissals, discrimination, and trade union detriment claims. In particular, Sorcha has been instructed on complex multi-day Tribunal hearings, including in disability discrimination and racial harassment claims. Alongside her court work, Sorcha can advise in conference at an early stage of the litigation and is happy to accept paperwork instructions.

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Notable Cases

W v London Borough of Islington (2021)
Sorcha was instructed to represent the Claimant in a seven-day Tribunal hearing and succeeded in claims for unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, and failure to make reasonable adjustments. The Claimant was disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act by reason of Crohn’s Disease and was dismissed on grounds of capability after his requests for flexible working were refused. The Tribunal accepted Sorcha’s submissions that the dismissal was both unfair and itself an act of discrimination because the ground for dismissal constituted ‘something arising in consequence’ of the Claimant’s disability.

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Appointments & Memberships

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA)

Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)

Advocate Panel Member


Education & Qualifications

2019 – 2020: BPTC – BPP University (Outstanding)

2015 – 2018: Law LLB – University of Bristol (First Class)


Scholarships, prizes and awards

  • 2021: Inner Temple Outstanding Award
  • 2019: BPP Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • 2018: Best Student Award, Reproduction Law, Ethics and Policy, University of Bristol
  • 2017: Winner, The Hunt Cup Debating Competition
  • 2016: Finalist, Herbert Smith Freehills Mooting Competition

Personal Interests

In her spare time, Sorcha enjoys baking, going to the theatre, and Zumba. She also likes to visit her home county of Cumbria whenever she can.