“A superb jury advocate, who knows the law from back to front.” - Legal 500 2016
Sarah has a proven track record in achieving successful outcomes for clients in complex, difficult and unusual cases including homicides, multiple rape, and other serious sexual offences, both recent and historic, large scale drug operations, financial crime and money laundering, and in criminal appeals. She is a recommended QC in Chambers & Partners and as a leading Silk in the Legal 500. In 2015 she was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court.
Current cases include representing a man accused of the murder of a criminal solicitor, and defending a street pastor of very violent stranger sex attacks.
Recent cases in 2016 have included:
She has been instructed in many high profile cases including: (in 2016) the successful defence of a celebrity business man accused of paying a child for sex; (in 2015) defending Marie Black, a young woman accused of running and participating in a paedophile ring; and R v Vickery House, the defence of a clergyman arrested as part of the investigation into Bishop Peter Ball and concealment of abuse within the Anglican Church.
Also in 2015 she defended in two further large scale prosecutions of non recent sexual offending R v Baker, systemic sexual abuse in a care home of boys with learning difficulties over a 30 year period and R v Lowe, historic sexual abuse of boys in two prominent Catholic boarding schools.
She has extensive experience in the most serious of sexual offences including allegations of multiple rape, cases with multiple complainants, and complex historic allegations. She has particular expertise of the principle issues often arising in such cases such as s41, the court’s approach to vulnerable witnesses, bad character, delay/abuse, expert evidence and third party disclosure.
Sarah also regularly advises in criminal appeals, predominantly murder (including those from the Caribbean to the Privy Council) and in providing submissions to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Sarah accepts both privately and publically funded instructions and can be instructed under the Direct Access scheme. Please contact her clerk for further details.
Sarah is regularly instructed in complex criminal appeals to the Court of Appeal and advises on applications to the CCRC.
BA (Hons) Sociology
Criminal Bar Association
Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association
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