Sarah practises in the fields of immigration law with some family law (children). She has been recommended as a Leading Junior barrister in Band 4 in immigration law by the Legal 500 2018 edition as ‘an excellent advocate with a high success rate because of her aptitude and preparation.’ This adds to her successful entry in the 2017 edition, where Sarah is described as a barrister, whose ‘standout qualities are how approachable, level-headed, smart and patient she is’. Sarah was first listed in the 2014 edition as a “real rising star”.
Sarah has recently been appointed as a part-time First-Tier-Tribunal Judge of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. In July 2015, Sarah was also appointed as an Independent Funding Adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency. In chambers, Sarah heads up the immigration team together with her colleague Samina Iqbal.
Prior to joining the Bar, Sarah practised in immigration and asylum law as a senior caseworker in a not-for-profit organisation in South London. This has given her the advantage of experience in preparing cases before they reach appeal stage, which she has pooled with her wealth of experience in court hearings as a barrister.
Sarah is committed to publicly funded work and ensuring access to justice for those most vulnerable. She is naturally friendly and approachable as well as meticulous and creative in her approach to cases.
In suitable cases, Sarah will undertake direct access work, directly for members of the public.
Sarah is a highly effective and sensitive advocate and is passionate for the field of immigration law and all that it encompasses. Sarah has considerable experience in all aspects of immigration, asylum and human rights law in the immigration tribunals, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Sarah has also been instructed by family solicitors to provide expert and independent immigration opinions for parties, who have immigration issues and might be involved in care or other proceedings within the family courts.
Sarah is also very experienced at delivering training in immigration law, both through training companies and in-house seminars for firms of solicitors and second-tier organisations. Sarah welcomes these opportunities as a way of updating herself on the law and current practice and liaising with fellow practitioners in a more informal and dynamic environment.
Sarah has developed an expertise in family law, specialising in children law, including both private disputes concerning contact and residence arrangements and public / care proceedings. Through this, Sarah has been able to pursue her keen interest in crossover areas concerning children, their best interests and their interplay.
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