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Roisin commenced traineeship in October 2019. She is currently under the supervision of Claire Darwin, having previously been supervised by Andrew Smith, Nicholas Gibson and Christopher Brown.

During her time with Claire Darwin, Roisin has been exposed to a wide range of public, equality and employment law matters. In particular, Roisin has been involved in a regulator’s appeal to the Upper Tribunal and has assisted in a number of jurisdictional challenges to claims brought under Part 3 and Part 6 of the Equality Act in the County Court. Roisin has also been involved in advising multiple Higher Education Institutions and other Respondents co-defending proceedings in the Employment Tribunal. Further, Roisin has assisted in advising both Claimants and Respondents in a number of employment law matters, including; complex sex, pregnancy and disability discrimination claims, sexual harassment claims, whistleblowing claims and matters relating to holiday pay.

While under the supervision of Andrew Smith, Roisin gained experience of the full spectrum of employment law, including; ordinary unfair dismissal claims, complex high value whistleblowing and discrimination claims, holiday pay disputes and matters relating to TUPE and restrictive covenants. Roisin also gained experience of professional negligence in the employment law context and appeal proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

While supervised by Nicholas Gibson and Christopher Brown, Roisin was exposed to a range of competition, regulatory and public law matters. Roisin assisted in preparing written submissions for both the Competition and Markets Authority and the European Commission and was involved in proceedings before the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Roisin also gained experience of Judicial Review proceedings and was involved in advising a number of public and private bodies in matters concerning public, human rights and equality law.

During her traineeship Roisin has also assisted Dan Squires QC in advising on the legality of a piece of primary legislation in light of Brexit and recent ECtHR jurisprudence.

Education and Background

Prior to joining Matrix Roisin was the Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Longmore in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and taught Constitutional Law at Keble College, University of Oxford. She also worked as a paralegal within the Immigration and Asylum team at Fladgate LLP.

Roisin currently volunteers with IPSEA, providing advice and assisting parents, carers and young people with their appeals to the SEND Tribunal. In addition, Roisin volunteers with the Social Mobility Foundation and is involved in a number of access initiatives. Roisin has also volunteered with the FRU as an Employment Representative and taught debating and public speaking to inmates at HMP Pentonville, HMP ISIS and HMP Downview as a Vocalise Mentor.

Roisin obtained an Outstanding on the BPTC, scoring the highest mark nationally in the professional ethics paper, for which she received a Buchanan Prize from Lincoln’s Inn. Roisin’s studies were supported by a Lord Denning Scholarship and Hardwicke Entrance award from Lincoln’s Inn and an excellence award from BPP University.

Prior to studying for the bar Roisin was an academic excellence scholar of Keble College, University of Oxford where she completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies; she holds BA Jurisprudence and the BCL (with distinction) respectively.