Iona Gallagher

I was born in London and moved to Donegal, Ireland when I was 12. In 2012, I moved to Bristol to begin my law degree.

After I graduated, I worked as a paralegal for two years before undertaking an LLM at the University of Bristol. I competed in different advocacy competitions and came 2nd in the Herbert Smith Freehills Mooting Competition during my LLM. I volunteered with the Unseen Exploitation Society and attended local schools in Bristol to educate young adults on their employment rights. I also volunteered with LinkAge for four years as part of their ‘be-friender’ scheme.

In 2018, I received an Exhibition Award from Inner Temple for £18,000 to fund my Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). I began the BPTC in 2018 and I was Called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2019. During that year, I volunteered with the Personal Support Unit (now Support Through Court) to support people attending court who could not afford legal representation. I also won two advocacy competitions during my Bar Course.

Currently, I am working at the South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) in London to support victims and survivors of The Troubles. I have been involved in the Hyde Park case, that was in the High Court in 2019, and the Victims’ Payments Regulations 2020. I have signed up to become a mentor with The Girls’ Network and I am looking forward to being paired with my mentee shortly. I am also a global advisor at ‘Mazeltov’, an international initiative focused on access to justice.

I’m passionate about making the law more accessible and diverse.