Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor

Call: 2014

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Sarah accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ practice areas and is authorised to conduct work on a Direct Access basis. She is building a reputation as a firm but sympathetic advocate. Sarah has a particular interest in matters affecting criminal justice, including crime, inquests, civil actions and public law.

Sarah is currently serving as Secretary of the Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association (MTYBA).

Before coming to the Bar, Sarah worked as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission of England and Wales, under Professor David Ormerod QC. Sarah worked primarily on reform of the criminal offences of misconduct in public office, kidnapping and child abduction.

Sarah is committed to voluntary and charitable work, working with a number of legal and non-legal organisations. In 2016, Sarah spent 4 months volunteering in Sri Lanka as coordinator of a charity focussing on the empowerment of young girls and the improvement of education and well-being for young persons affected by the tsunami and civil war.

Sarah has volunteered with a number of legal organisations, including BiD (Bail for Immigration Detainees), the Free Representation Unit and the Human Rights Law Centre (University of Nottingham) on projects for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.


  • ‘Working for the Law Commission’ (2015) Lawyer2B (Online)
  • ‘Bringing them home’ (2014) 164 New Law Journal 7
  • ‘Kidnapping: a move in the right direction’ (2014) 178 JPN 703 (Criminal Law and Justice Weekly)

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Crime Barrister

Sarah appears regularly in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts, for either defence or prosecution.

During her pupillage, Sarah assisted in serious criminal trials; including gross negligence manslaughter, firearms and large-scale drugs conspiracy. She is now developing a thriving practice of her own, including a number of matters under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Notable cases

  • R v A (Central Criminal Court): Secured conviction in prosecution of defendant charged with being in possession of a lock knife at Notting Hill Carnival after he had performed at the event.
  • R v B and others (St Albans Crown Court): Sarah is currently instructed as led-Junior in 18-handed conspiracy to commit fraud.
  • R v P (Cambridge Crown Court): Secured unanimous acquittal of defendant charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
  • R v H (Blackfriars Crown Court): Represented Defendant in trial for threatening with a knife in a public place. Case is currently being considered by the Court of Appeal.
  • R v S (Guildford Crown Court): Secured unanimous acquittal of Defendant charged with domestic burglary. Crown relied on substantial circumstantial evidence.
  • R v G and others (Lincoln Crown Court): unanimous acquittal after 4-day trial. Case concerned issues of joint enterprise and mens rea. Co-defendant was unanimously convicted.
  • R v B and others (Birmingham Crown Court): 7-handed contested hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The prosecution initially sought a hidden assets figure in excess of £1,000,000. After 7 days of evidence an order was made for £30,000.
  • R v T (Inner London Crown Court): acquittal of joint possession of articles for use in fraud after submission of ‘no case to answer’.

Inquests Barrister

Sarah is keen to develop her practice in the areas of inquests and public inquiries. Her background in human rights law, in both the criminal justice and healthcare context, provides her with a strong foundation in these areas.

Sarah recently worked for an extended period on the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, instructed by the Home Office as part of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme.

Civil Barrister

Sarah is developing her civil practice and appears in the High Court and County Court on various matters of general civil law.

As a result of Sarah’s work at the Law Commission on Misconduct in Public Office, she has a keen interest in cases concerning the conduct of police and other public office holders. During her pupillage, she assisted Head of Chambers, Anthony Metzer QC on drafting numerous advices and pleadings in actions against the police.



  • CPS Advocate Panel – Grade 2
  • Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme

Education & Qualifications

  • Law LLB (hons) – First Class (University of Reading, 2009 – 2012)
  • LLM (Human Rights Law) – Distinction (University of Nottingham, 2012 – 2013)
  • BPTC – Very Competent (Kaplan Law School, 2013 – 2014)


  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association


  • Jules Thorn Scholarship, Middle Temple (2013)
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