‘Her advocacy and advice are consistently very high quality.’
Legal 500 UK Bar 2021
Sara has specialised in Family Law since 1991 when she was called to the Bar and became a member of Harcourt Chambers. She is a highly skilled advocate who meticulously prepares all her cases. Sara’s approachable, but firm manner enables her to seek a good outcome for her client often by negotiation and in contested hearings she is a forceful and persuasive advocate. Particularly sought after for her strategic thinking and expertise in cross-examination, Sara remains sensitive to the needs of vulnerable clients and witnesses.
Sara lectures on courses for social workers across Berkshire and Oxfordshire and has delivered seminars on public and private children law.
Sara is regularly instructed in complex care proceedings involving the most serious allegations of abuse (including child fatalities or where a parent has killed the other parent); vulnerable parents and children with significant mental health issues, autistic spectrum disorders and learning disabilities; and children with multiple injuries and life-limiting and rare conditions. She has been instructed in a number of cases involving allegations of FII and diagnoses of functional neurological disorders.
Known for her forensic attention to detail, Sara is highly experienced in absorbing and analysing complex medical evidence and extensive factual evidence. Her practice also encompasses deprivation of liberty applications and cases featuring domestic violence, emotional abuse and neglect. She is instructed by local authorities, parents and Children’s Guardians at all levels of Court up to and including the Court of Appeal.
Sara undertakes all types of private law children work; having developed considerable experience of cases where living arrangements and contact are in dispute and prohibited steps and specific issue orders are sought. With the increasing importance courts place on the “voice of the child”, in private law disputes Sara is always mindful of the need for a child-focussed approach while presenting her client’s case robustly, yet persuasively.
"Gives pragmatic and sensible advice."
The Legal 500 UK Bar
"Very experienced in public law children cases."
The Legal 500 UK Bar 2018
"Brilliantly clever with a lovely client manner."
The Legal 500 UK Bar 2017