Sarah has been at the Bar for over 25 years. During that time she has built a reputation as a firm but fair opponent. She is approachable, practical and well prepared whatever the nature of the offence. She is a strong jury advocate whether prosecuting or defending.
She has a wide range of experience in particular with matters involving serious violence, including murder, drugs offences and all matters of dishonesty.
Sarah is renowned for her experience in cases involving sexual offences.
She has a sensitive approach in dealing with vulnerable or nervous witnesses and defendants, including children with special needs and adults with a disability. She frequently deals with special measures for witnesses and is familiar with the requirements for ground rules hearings and works with intermediaries both defending and prosecuting.
As a specialist rape prosecutor Sarah is regularly asked to advise on cases pre-charge. In many cases Sarah will advise in respect of Third Party disclosure and Public Interest Immunity applications. She has a great deal of experience in dealing with the protocols regarding disclosure by agencies such as Social Services, schools and the medical profession.
In 2012 Sarah was instructed by the Public Solicitor of St Helena to represent a local man accused of rape and false imprisonment in a trial before the Supreme Court. She returned to the St Helena a further three times to appear in the Supreme Court again.
In 2015 Sarah was instructed to appear as defence counsel before the Supreme Court of the Falkland Islands and continues to make trips to the South Atlantic to represent a variety of defendants.
This has given Sarah has a good working knowledge of dealing with matters in overseas territories and is sensitive to their individual and cultural needs in addition to the excellent reputation she has established amongst the Judiciary and the local community.
Sarah is a Grade 4 Prosecutor: London and South East and recommended in The Legal 500. She is rape approved.
Achievements, appointments and memberships
- Member of the South Eastern Circuit
- Member of Roll of Advocates for St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan Da Cuna
- Pupillage supervisor
- Member of the CBA
- Sussex Bar Mess Member and currently Junior of the Mess
- CPS Grade 4 Advocate
Click here to see a summary of Sarah’s most notable cases.