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Sarah has a busy and varied criminal practice appearing in the Crown Court. She also practises in family law, representing clients in children proceedings, both private and care, as well as Family Law Act proceedings.
Sarah is a confident advocate who is committed to representing her clients’ interests actively and fearlessly. She is meticulous in her preparation and in the presentation of her cases at trial. She is also very approachable, puts her clients at ease, and she always ensures that her clients fully understand court proceedings and the strengths and weaknesses of their cases to allow them to make fully informed decisions.
In her limited spare time, Sarah teaches advocacy as a tutor with the Education department of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn on BPTC students courses and residential weekends, as well as volunteers as a Judge with the Inn’s mooting club. She also volunteers to mentor and/or assist those seeking pupillage.
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Sarah has experience in dealing with vulnerable defendants and defendants with mental health difficulties. She possesses mature strategy skills, and she is able to grasp and advance complex legal arguments and defences. Her practice covers a variety of offences, including s18 & s20 GBH in both domestic and non-domestic contexts; drugs; firearms and offensive weapons; offences of dishonesty including robbery, burglary, theft or fraud; sexual offences; dangerous driving; and offences relating to domestic abuse.
Sarah also has experience in prison law, having volunteered with the Prisoners’ Advice Service for two years and advised prisoners on all matters relating to their detention and their rights as prisoners.
R v LH (2021) Central Criminal Court – Sarah secured Not Guilty verdicts in historic Court Number One at the Old Bailey. On the first day of trial for PWITS and being concerned with the supply of class B drugs, Sarah made a successful application to exclude damaging telephone evidence. The Crown offered no evidence as a result.
R v DW (2021) Kingston-upon-Thames CC – trial for s16a Firearms Act possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and robbery with an imitation firearm. Sarah persuaded the court that DW should not be found to be a dangerous offender for the purpose of an extended sentence, and secured a total sentence of 3 years imprisonment.
R v SS (2021) Kingston-upon-Thames CC – Sarah secured an absolute discharge following a unanimous Special Verdict of Not Guilty by reason of insanity.
R v JW (2021) Guildford CC – trial for assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm.
R v RD (2021) Maidstone CC – multi-handed sentence for conspiracy to steal. Sophisticated conspiracy using a malware to steal cash from ATMs. RD was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment.
R v DA (2021) Inner London CC – sentence for distribution of Category A and B indecent images of a child, and possession of 38 indecent images of a child and extreme pornography. Sarah secured a sentence of 16 months suspended for 2 years.
R v NM (2021) Isleworth CC – sentence for 2 attempted burglaries (dwelling). NM was a prolific offender with convictions for 57 offences of dishonesty, including numerous dwelling burglaries. The present offences were committed whilst on licence for another dwelling burglary. Sarah secured a suspended sentence allowing NM to benefit from a DRR and an ATR.
R v FC (2021) Inner London CC – Sarah secured a 12 months sentence for one count of robbery of a 16 year old boy and three counts of assault on an emergency worker. FC had been remanded in custody for nearly 6 months at the time of sentence, therefore guaranteeing his prompt release.
R v NY (2020) Isleworth CC – trial for possession with intent to supply cannabis.
R v D (2020) Inner London CC – Sarah secured a suspended sentence for a third offence of possession of a knife committed whilst on licence for the last knife offence.
R v FD (2020) Woolwich CC – unanimous acquittal following trial for possession of an offensive weapon.
R v JT (2020) Kingston-upon-Thames CC – acquittal on a count of racially aggravated assault by beating. £50 fine for the alternative count, namely a simple assault.
R v D (2019) Kingston-upon-Thames CC – trial on one count of possession of a bladed article where Sarah ran a defence of ‘good reason’. Following conviction, Sarah secured a sentence of 7 weeks, departing substantially from the mandatory minimum 6 months sentence for second knife offences.
R v AU (2019) Snaresbrook CC – trial for possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
R v DB (2019) Blackfriars CC – trial on one count of assault on an emergency worker.
R v PL (2019) Kingston CC – Appeal against sentence allowed, reducing the original 10 months imprisonment sentence to 18 weeks for breaches of a SOPO.
Sarah has been representing clients in the Family Court since LASPO. She ran a pro bono service at court in Bristol providing legal advice and advocacy services for litigants-in-person, primarily in relation to applications under the Family Law Act and in private law children proceedings. Sarah has since developed her practice in London and on the South Eastern Circuit representing in applications for non-molestation and occupation orders, as well as private law children proceedings. She also accepts instructions in public law children proceedings.
M v M (2021) Central Family Court – Sarah represented the respondent mother in a 4-day fact-finding hearing following the father’s application for a child arrangements order. The Judge found that the father’s 5 allegations were not proved; the mother’s 3 allegations were proved. The Judge described Sarah’s 5-hour cross-examination of the father as “careful” and “rigorous”.
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