“She is really outstanding, and her ability to both bring and defend claims with equal effectiveness is rare.”
Sarah was appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2021. She practises in all areas of public law, equality law and human rights. Sarah is a member of the A-Panel of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Preferred Counsel.
Before taking silk, Sarah was a member of the Attorney-General’s A panel of Counsel. Sarah was ranked as a leading junior in six practice areas in Chambers and Partners (four in band 1) and in four practice areas in Legal 500 (two in band 1). In 2019 Sarah was shortlisted for Public Law Junior of the Year in the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards. In 2020 Sarah was shortlisted for the Human Rights and Public Law junior of the year in the Chambers Bar UK Awards.
Sarah appears regularly on behalf of claimants (including individuals and commercial organisations), local authorities, the Secretary of State and regulators. She has particular expertise in claims under the Human Rights Act 1998 and under the Equality Act 2010.
Recent work includes:
Sarah has particular expertise in all aspects of education law. She acts on behalf of a wide range of clients (including local authorities, parents, schools, higher education institutions, the Schools Adjudicator, Ofsted, the Education Funding Agency, and the Secretary of State for Education). Sarah acted as junior counsel to Just for Kids in R (Tigere) v. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills  1 WLR 82 (SC). She is currently instructed by Ofsted in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, and has advised the EHRC on its inquiry into racial harassment in higher education institutions. Sarah acted on behalf of the successful claimants in the St Olave “off-rolling” case.
Sarah was awarded the Bar Pro Bono award in 2013 for her work on the School Exclusion Project, an organisation that provides pro-bono representation to parents appealing against the permanent exclusion of their child from school. She is the author (with Aileen McColgan and Elizabeth Prochaska) of Special Educational Needs and the Law (LAG, 2017) and wrote the chapter on Special Educational Needs in Richard McManus QC, Education and the Courts (Jordan’s, 2012). She is currently co-authoring the chapter on education in National Security: Law, Practice and Procedure (Jones, Ward and Stone). Sarah was a member of the Justice working party on school exclusions, and is a parent governor of a primary school in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Recent education cases include:
Sarah has significant election law experience. She has advised and acted for a number of political parties. Recent cases include:
Sarah has a wide ranging health and social care practice. She acts for claimants, doctors, local authorities, NHS bodies and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. She is ranked as a leading junior in community care and local government law, and acted on behalf of South Gloucestershire Council in R (Cornwall Council) v. Secretary of State for Health  AC 137 (SC) (test for determining the ordinary residence of a person who lacks capacity).
Recent cases include:
In 2008 Sarah was a Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, funded by a Pegasus Scholarship awarded by Inner Temple where she undertook work relating to Guantanamo detainees. Prior to coming to the Bar, Sarah was a lecturer in law at King’s College London from 2000 until 2005. She has taught at University College London, Queen Mary University of London and the University of New South Wales in Australia, and has been a visiting professor at McGill University.
Sarah has acted as an independent reviewer of complaints for the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and between 2011 and 2013 Sarah was a member of the Bar Standards Board Complaints Committee.
Sarah graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1998 with a LLB (Hons) (First Class). She has a LLM in Human Rights and Comparative Law from McGill University (for which she was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship).
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