Iona Gallagher

I currently work as a paralegal at Covent Garden Family Law (CGFL). I am passionate about family law and I am in the process of applying for pupillage to work as a barrister.

I graduated from my law degree in 2015 and completed my LLM in 2018. I was awarded a major Exhibition Scholarship from Inner Temple and in 2019 I was Called to the Bar of England and Wales.

Prior to starting at CGFL, I worked at the South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF). SEFF is a charity based in Northern Ireland that supports victims of The Troubles. I worked directly with victims based in England and Wales. In 2020, I presented to the Northern Ireland Select Committee on victims’ issues.

I am passionate about improving social mobility in law. In 2021, I set up a professional mentoring scheme with my old university to match aspiring solicitors and barristers with alumni who are practising lawyers. I am a volunteer at the Free Representation Unit and a mentor with The Girls’ Network. I want to make the law more accessible and diverse.