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Sara joined Matrix in 2011. She is an established junior recommended in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. Sara has a wide range of experience and practices in all areas of media and information law (including defamation, privacy and confidence, data protection, freedom of information, harassment, and copyright), human rights law and public law. Before joining Matrix, Sara was a Senior Lawyer at the Ministry of Justice in their Information and Human Rights team and, prior to that, she was a tenant at 5RB for 10 years. Sara is an ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.

Sara acts for primarily for Claimants, but also represents Defendants and has represented a wide range of clients, including the Core Participant Victims in the Leveson Inquiry, Actors, Sports men/women, Members of Parliament, Local Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, Law Firms,  and media publishers.   She has substantial litigation experience and has appeared as sole advocate in jury and judge alone libel trials. She has also got extensive experience of providing pre-publication advice to publishers and NGOs.

Sara was awarded Defamation, Privacy and Data Protection Junior of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards in 2020. Chambers & Partners recommend her as being “unbelievably calm, sensitive and intelligent.” “She is extremely bright, good-humoured and full of ideas” She is also recommended as a leading junior in the Legal 500 in the areas of Defamation and Privacy “Committed, through and a delight to work with”; IT and Telecoms (including Data Protection) “An excellent addition to any team”; and in Media and Entertainment “Bright, practical and extremely user friendly”.

Sara has been involved in a number of Legal Assistance Programmes with the Bar Human Rights Committee including a Judicial Visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, a Library Resources Project in Sudan and Commercial Law Training Project in Sudan.

  • Lectures and Publications

    Speaker at The White Conference on Privacy law, Feb 2021

    Speaker at the Matrix Media Seminar on Jurisdiction & Remedies in Privacy Claims, 2019

    Author Contributor to ‘Football and the Law”, 1st Ed (Bloomsbury, 2018)

    Co-author of “Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide” (Dec 2017)

    Speaker at Matrix ‘Open Justice’ Seminar, Nov 2017

    Speaker at Protecting the Media Conference 2016

    Speaker at the Matrix/Unison Seminar on the DPA, FOIA and DBS, July 2015

    Speaker at The White Conference on Defamation and Media, November 2014

    Speaker at the Matrix Information Seminar: Privacy and Social Media, March 2014

    Speaker at the JUSTICE Human Rights Conference on ‘Privacy, Defamation and Super-Injunctions’, October 2011

    Speaker at the 2-day MOJ ‘Introduction to Information Law’ on Freedom of Information and Data Protection, January 2011 and March 2011

    Speaker at The Human Rights Law Conference 2007 on ‘Privacy and Freedom of Expression – the media and human rights’

    Speaker at the 5RB Conference ‘Media, Image and Sports Law in 21st Century” in Sept 2006 on ‘Jurisdiction in Libel and Privacy Internet Cases’

    Regular contributor to the Inforrm Blog

    Co-author of ‘The Law of Privacy and the Media’ (OUP, 2002)

  • Qualifications

    1998 3rd six month pupillage at 5RB

    1997-1998 Pupillage at Brick Court Chambers

    1997 Called to the Bar

    1996-1997 BVC (Very Competent)

    1992-1995 The University of Leeds

    LLB (Hons.) (First Class)

  • Career

    2015 Accredited as ADR Mediator (Civil and Commercial)

    2011 to date Barrister at Matrix

    2009-2011 Senior Lawyer at Ministry of Justice Head of Information Team in the Human Rights and Information Team

    1998-2009 Barrister at 5RB

  • Articles and Downloads

Privacy Notice

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Sara is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards.

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS
WHAT THEY SAY:

Sara was awarded Defamation, Privacy and Data Protection Junior of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards in 2020.

Chambers & Partners recommendation have included: “Absolutely first-class. She has a very good manner with clients and shows exceptional attention to detail.” “She has an impressive ability to digest complicated cases and cut to the key issues.” “She is extremely bright, good-humoured and full of ideas” “Meticulous attention to detail – a real star.” “Intelligent, thoughtful, user-friendly and always available to help in a crisis”.

She is also recommended as a leading junior in the Legal 500 in the areas of Defamation and Privacy and is described as “Extremely capable”, “Committed, thorough and a delight to work with”; IT and Telecoms (including Data Protection) “An excellent addition to any team”; and in Media and Entertainment “Bright, practical and extremely user friendly”.