Niamh began her pupillage in September 2021 under the supervision of Paul Treble. She has observed and assisted on a wide range of criminal cases for both Prosecution and Defence including murder, drug supply and serious sexual and violent offences.
As a Sociology graduate, Niamh endeavoured to obtain legal experience before coming to the Bar. Alongside completing the Graduate Diploma in Law, she worked as a Court Clerk at Minshull Street Crown Court where she gained invaluable insight into the Criminal Justice System. This role included managing busy lists and complex trials, dealing with vulnerable witnesses, and liaising with counsel and the judiciary. Her responsibilities included accurate preparation of cases; maintaining a full record of hearings; and ensuring the correct completion of subsequent disposal orders within prescribed time limits.
During Bar school, Niamh was employed as a Serious Injury Paralegal at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors which enabled her to gain experience within civil proceedings and develop crucial transferable skills, such as the forensic analysis of complex evidence. She was instrumental in progressing high value, multi-track cases involving life-changing, catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents. Niamh assisted in the conduct of proceedings including communicating with and advising clients; instructing counsel and experts; drafting statements of case; attending court and joint settlement meetings.