Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor

Call: 2014

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Sarah became a member of Goldsmith Chambers following the successful completion of her pupillage.  She accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ practice areas.  Sarah appears regularly in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts, for either defence or prosecution.  She is appointed to the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel, Grade 1.  Sarah also appears in the immigration Tribunals, including pro bono representation for the charity organisation Bail for Immigration Detainees (BiD).

During her pupillage, Sarah assisted in serious criminal trials, including gross negligence manslaughter, firearms and large-scale drugs conspiracy.  Sarah has also assisted with civil actions against the police, inquests and private prosecutions.

Before coming to the Bar, Sarah worked as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission of England and Wales, alongside 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 successfully represented clients in appeals in the Social Security Tribunal with the Free Representation Unit.  Sarah has also volunteered at the Human Rights Law Centre (University of Nottingham) on projects for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and at Kaplan Legal Advice Centre advising clients on property disputes.

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

Publications

  • ‘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 & Justice Weekly)

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Crime Barrister

Notable Cases

R v T: acquittal of Defendant of good character following cross examination of three prosecution witnesses.

R v A: mother prosecuted for failing to ensure her child attended school, acquitted after Sarah’s successful submission of ‘no case to answer’ on the basis of the child’s mental health condition.

R v U: Defendant with significant mental health needs. Convicted of serious assault PC. Following Sarah’s mitigation, he was only required to pay £100 compensation.

Areas of practice


Education & Qualifications


2009 – 2012: Law LLB, University of Reading (First Class)

2012 – 2013: LLM (Human Rights Law), University of Nottingham (Distinction)

2013 – 2014: BPTC, Kaplan Law School (Very Competent)

Memberships


Administrative Law Bar Association

Criminal Bar Association

Recognition


Jules Thorn Scholarship, Middle Temple (2013)

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