Jacob Meagher is a Barrister, practicing at the Bar of England & Wales, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Australia (as a Legal Principal) and is a Partner at the ethical law firm Aria Grace. He graduated LLB(Hons)(First) from Victoria University of Wellington and holds an LLM from the University of Aberdeen, a BL from King’s Inns Ireland, an MBA, and multiple postgraduate diplomas in Banking and Finance. A TEP member of STEP and Registered Trustee, Chartered Banker, an FGP Fellow in Corporate Governance and a member of the Chancery Bar Association. Jacob is Chartered in: Management, Securities and Investment, Finance, Quality and Risk, and Governance. He specialises in contentious chancery matters and is a supervisor in law at Magdalen College as well as a Senior Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Law in Jersey and is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Brighton. He has lectured and taught at a number of London Universities including KCL, UCL, the LSE and was a former Legal and Policy advisor at the New Zealand Law Commission.
Jacob is well placed to provide nuanced and confidential commercial advice, holding rights of audience in multiple jurisdictions and across the EU. Jacob holds a rare combination of qualifications, professional fellowships, and awards. All of these appointments stem from his work as both a barrister and consultant, as such he also holds UK Security Clearance. He is the only practicing member of the NZ Bar also admitted to practice at the Irish Bar, as such he has advised the Irish Government on high value matters and choice of law clauses. As an MCIArb accredited Arbitrator and Mediator he specialises in ADR and resolving complex disputes.
His academic work on Equity and Trusts has been cited in leading texts such as Bogg, Collins eds, Criminality at Work (2020, OUP) and Gary Watt, Trusts & Equity (9th ed., 2020, OUP). He is a contributing editor for the forthcoming Oxford Dictionary of Law responsible for the Equity and Trusts, Land, Personal and Real Property, and Cryptocurrency/asset sections, and has published in Trusts & Trusts and the Journal of Comparative Law.
Passionate about ESG, disability, equality, diversity, and inclusion, he often advises pro-bono on discrimination claims and was elected FRSA for his work. Jacob holds the Disability Confident Leader Award from the DWP.
Jacob is also a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law.