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Sarah practises in public law with particular expertise in immigration and asylum. Sarah is also developing her practice in community care, social welfare, mental health and capacity law and continues to practice in family law representing in children cases. She has been recommended as a Leading Barrister in Band 4 in immigration law by the Legal 500. In the 2020 edition, Sarah is described as having ‘a very effective, calm and considered approach in advocacy, an attribute which is often well-received by judges.’ She has been previously recommended for being ‘a real rising star’ and ‘an excellent advocate with a high success rate because of her aptitude and preparation’, whose ‘standout qualities are how approachable, level-headed, smart and patient she is’.
Sarah is ranked in the Legal 500 2023 edition, Immigration, (Tier 3- Leading Juniors) ‘Sarah demonstrates integrity and applies independence of mind to make incisive, fair and legally sound decisions. Her grounds and skeleton arguments are always soundly reasoned and easy to follow. She applies the relevant law and procedure correctly to progress the case.‘
In chambers, Sarah is joint-head of the immigration team with her colleague Samina Iqbal. She is also committed to providing training to pupil barristers and was approved to become a pupil supervisor in 2019.
Sarah regularly advises and provides expert opinions on immigration and nationality issues in family and other court proceedings. She has extensive experience of representing vulnerable adults, persons who have been affected by traumatic events, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and victims of trafficking. In suitable cases, Sarah will undertake direct access work directly for members of the public.
Sarah has been appointed as a fee-paid First-Tier-Tribunal Judge of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, sitting in Birmingham IAC. In July 2015, Sarah was also appointed as an Independent Funding and Costs Adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency.
Sarah is bi-lingual in French and has a good working knowledge of German.
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Sarah is a highly effective and sensitive advocate and is passionate for the field of immigration law, having worked in the field for nearly 20 years. Sarah represents in all aspects of immigration, asylum and human rights law in the immigration tribunals, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. She also specialises in judicial reviews, including certification cases, unlawful detention/false imprisonment claims, PBS, long residence and tax/deception cases as well as complex nationality matters, including Windrush and possible claims to British citizenship from British Overseas Citizens and other such nationalities. Sarah has a particular interest in cases involving children and their best interests.
Sarah is frequently instructed by solicitors to provide expert, independent opinions in immigration and nationality law for parties in family, extradition and other legal proceedings.
Sarah also delivers training for ILPA in relation to the latest immigration developments and is a contributor to Lexis Nexis PSL’s practice notes. Sarah is very experienced at delivering training doing so for a variety of training companies and CPD providers (MBL Seminars, Lexis Nexis, CLT, AstenJ Professional Training & Law Friends Society) and as part of in-house programmes for solicitor firms and second-tier organisations and associations. 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.
“Applications for costs and other procedural conundrums in the FTT and UT(IAC)” – ILPA November 2020
“Covid-19 Measures in Immigration”– Goldsmith Chambers 2020
“Update – EU Settlement Scheme”– Goldsmith Chambers 2020
“From Tier 1 Entrepreneurs to Innovators – A Whistle-Stop Tour” – May 2019, Law Friends Society with promotion clip here
“Brexit – Where are we going ?” – October 2019, Law Friends Society with promotion clip here
“The Minefield of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Applications & the Genuineness Test” – July 2019, AstenJ Professional Training
“Innovator applications – Are they for real !?” – October 2019, AstenJ Professional Training
“Article 8 ECHR Update” – September 2019 & February 2020, Society of British-Bangladeshi Solicitors & AstenJ Professional Training
Webinar on Hostile Environment Measures with Samina Iqbal (2019) – Lexis Nexis.
Sarah practises in public law with particular expertise in immigration and asylum. She has become particularly specialised in public law claims involving Foreign and Commonwealth members or former members of HM Forces. Sarah is also developing her practice in community care, social welfare, equality and discrimination law, mental health and capacity law.
Sarah has extensive experience of representing vulnerable adults, persons who have been affected by traumatic events, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and victims of trafficking.
Sarah has advised in age dispute cases and represented in complex cases involving issues of mental capacity, no recourse to public funds and a person’s assessment under the Care Act. Sarah is frequently instructed to advise and represent in trafficking and modern slavery cases as well as unlawful detention and complex nationality cases where issues of public interest and/or good character arise. Sarah is also currently involved in applications and judicial reviews under the Windrush scheme.
Sarah has developed an expertise in family law, specialising in children law, including both private disputes over child arrangement orders 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.
Fee-paid First-Tier-Tribunal Judge in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (January 2019)
Independent Funding Adjudicator, Legal Aid Agency (July 2015)
University of Warwick – BA (Hons) Law and Sociology
Lycée International de Ferney-Voltaire, France – Baccalauréat à Option Internationale
Human Rights Lawyers Association
Immigration Law Practitioners Association
Bar Human Rights Committee (Member of Drafting Committee 2015-2019)
Shortlisted ‘Outstanding Returner of the Year’ – Women in Law Awards 2020
Shortlisted ‘Barrister of the Year’ – Inspirational Women in Law Awards 2020
Nominated ‘Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year’ – Bar Pro Bono Awards 2020
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