Sarah specialises in public and private law matters regarding children, cases involving domestic abuse and all aspects of matrimonial finance.
In care proceedings Sarah acts for all parties, including Local Authorities and is involved in training social workers in giving evidence. Sarah has experience in dealing with cases involving non-accidental injury (including non-accidental head injury), fictitious illness, sexual abuse, jurisdictional issues and cases where there are issues concerning a party’s capacity. Sarah is highly experienced in acting for parents with a learning difficulty or disability.
Sarah is also extremely experienced in dealing with private law matters concerning children and is often instructed in particularly complex matters which involve parental alienation, allegations of abuse and cases which have a jurisdictional element.
Sarah represents many clients in financial remedy applications including applications for variation and enforcement. Sarah has a reputation for being forthright, pragmatic and a skilled negotiator when it comes to money.
Sarah's background in civil litigation also gives her expertise to deal with claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Sarah has a reputation for being extremely organised, efficient, is able to meet deadlines and produce high quality work at short notice. She has excellent client care skills and has a reputation for being decisive, proactive and a creative problem solver.
Sarah can be instructed by members of the public directly without a solicitor being involved. She is able to advise and appear in court via the public access scheme.
Sarah practised as a solicitor in North East Manchester from 1998-2001, gaining partnership in 1999. She managed a large and varied case load dealing mainly with family Law and civil work and was responsible for the Legal Services Commission family contract.
After relocating to East Anglia in 2001 she became a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and was course leader for the Legal Practice Course and the LLM in Legal Practice. On the Legal Practice Course Sarah was subject leader for Civil Litigation, Family Law and Practice, Child Care, Probate, Private Client and Business and Solicitors' Accounts.
After transferring to the Bar, Sarah became a full member of EA Law - East Anglian Chambers, in November 2010.
I have instructed Sarah on many occasions. I always find that she is thoroughly prepared and is very knowledgeable about the law and procedure. She is clear with her advice and will not hesitate to fight for what is in the clients’ best interests. She is also very personable and puts the clients at ease – this is particularly important in family matters when clients are often very worried and emotional. I would not hesitate in recommending her to others