Saoirse has a dynamic court and advisory practice specialising in extradition and public law.
Saoirse is instructed alone and is led in complex and novel points of law before the Supreme Court and the Divisional Court. She represents requested persons and requesting states in extradition proceedings; as well as interested parties in inquests concerning deaths in custody, and is instructed on prison law matters. She is currently instructed as first junior counsel to the Brook House Inquiry.
Saoirse has appeared alone and has been led in some of the defining extradition cases of the past few years.
On Article 6 ECHR, it was argued that the Appellants could no longer obtain fair trials due to the controversial Constitutional changes to the judiciary between 2017-18 (Lis and Lange v Poland  EWHC 2848 (Admin);  EWHC 674 (Admin)).
In relation to prison conditions (Article 3 ECHR), Saoirse has been instructed in the lead cases relating to a plethora of EU countries: Lithuania (Bartulis v Lithuania  EWHC 504 (Admin)); (France (Shumba, Henta and Bechian v France  EWHC 1762 (Admin)); Bulgaria (L. Georgiev, I. Dimitrov and B. Georgiev v Bulgaria  EWHC 359 (Admin)); Hungary (GS v Hungary  EWHC 64 (Admin)) and Italy (Elashmawy v Italy  EWHC 28 (Admin)).
On suicide risk, Saoirse was instructed in Bobbe v Poland  EWHC 3161 (Admin) an extradition appeal which changed the legal test following the new CJEU case of CK and others v Slovenia  3 CMLR 10. In addition, following this case, she successfully represented the Appellate requested person in Debiec v Poland  EWHC 2653 (Admin) in one of the first cases in which the s.26 bar has been successful in EAW cases since Poland v Wolkowicz  EWHC 102 (Admin).
On the charge/try bar, she represented an Appellate requested person in the lead case of Puceviciene v Lithuania  EWHC 1862) on s.12A; which provided new definitions of “charge” and “try”. Saoirse has also represented both Requested Persons (Turkey v Koc; Albania v Koleci; Albania v Sultan Dragjoshi and USA v Okeakpu) and Requesting States (Turkey v Charles  ACD 84) in complex Part 2 cases.
In addition, Saoirse is instructed in judicial review proceedings arising out of extradition and criminal proceedings. She won the first judicial review in the area where the requested person in extradition proceedings was not removed within the statutory time period (see R (on the application of Mechlinksi) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court  EWHC 2043 (Admin)). She has also published a chapter on Judicial Review in Extradition Proceedings in Criminal Justice Review (Hart, 2014).
Saoirse’s public law practice is also thriving. Since the beginning of her practice, Saoirse has represented Claimants in the First Tier and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) on a wide range of issues, from asylum to EEA Visa and ETS cases. In April 2019, Saoirse was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel. She regularly appears before the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber), County Courts and Coroner’s Courts in a variety of cases relating to and including social security appeals, inquests and civil claims made by prisoners.
Saoirse compliments her practice with her interest for international human rights work. This began as a legal researcher at the Humanitarian Law Centre in Belgrade and advising in the foreign policy department in Washington D.C. for the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Adapting her advocacy skills from the court-room to the field, Saoirse is regularly posted on OSCE election monitoring missions in ex-Soviet states. Saoirse has also acted as pro-bono counsel in refugee camps in Chios, Greece following the EU-Turkey deal.