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Leah is interested in the experiences of women in the legal profession, particularly those at the Bar. Her PhD seeks to provide a gendered analysis of the barrister profession through identifying the practical challenges and structural barriers affecting women barristers’ career trajectories in private practice. Specifically, it will consider the role of ‘merit’ in establishing and perpetuating such barriers.

Leah graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2014 with First Class Honours degree in Law with Politics. She then undertook her professional training at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and is now a practising member of the Bar of Northern Ireland. In 2016, Leah was appointed to the Attorney-General’s Junior Counsel Panel and was appointed as ‘Equality, Charity and Pro Bono Secretary’ to the Young Bar Association Committee. Leah also has teaching experience, having taught on the modules ‘Introduction to the Law of Torts’ and ‘Criminal Law’ at Queen’s.



Professor Thérèse Murphy


Professor Chris McCrudden