Call 2004 – Inner Temple
Sarah has been a family law specialist for over 30 years and has practised as a Barrister on the Western Circuit since 2004. She specialises in complex and intractable disputes over children, including removals from the jurisdiction. She represented the appellant fathers in Re W (Children) (2012) EWCA Civ 999 and Re H-B (Contact) (2015) EWCA Civ 389, the fathers in Re A & B (Contact) (No 4) 2015 EWHC 2839 (Fam) and the appellant grandmother in Re T (A Child) (2010) EWCA Civ 1527. Her practice also encompasses divorce and financial remedies.
Prior to being called to the Bar in 2004, Sarah practised as an attorney in New York for seven years, where she worked for one of the leading family law firms. She was the only British attorney at the New York Family Bar at the time. She appeared regularly in the New York State Supreme Court and the US District (Federal) Court.
Sarah initially qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1992 and has qualified and worked in three jurisdictions, having also been a solicitor in Edinburgh for three years. She maintains strong links with the New York and Scottish legal communities. She is an experienced advocate in all three jurisdictions.
Sarah qualified as a Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer both in the US and UK.
In 2016 Sarah became one of the first Children’s Arbitrators under the Institute of Family Arbitrators Arbitration Scheme (ifla.org.uk) and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb).
In 2019 Sarah was appointed as a Deputy District Judge assigned to the Western Circuit.
Sarah accepts instructions under the Direct Access Scheme.
- LLB (Hons)
- Solicitor England & Wales 1992
- Solicitor Scotland 1993
- Attorney, New York State 1996
- Barrister England & Wales 2004
- Appointed as Deputy District Judge assigned to the Western Circuit