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Sarah specialises in public and administrative law, asylum and immigration, and international law.

Sarah works across the fields of asylum, immigration, and public law, with a particular specialism in asylum and unlawful detention.

Sarah acts in appeals and judicial review proceedings before the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), the High Court, and the Court of Appeal in asylum and human rights cases, and is regularly instructed in civil claims arising from unlawful detention under immigration powers.

Prior to joining the Bar, Sarah worked as a Refugee Legal Advisor in Egypt and Greece, and practised as a solicitor (Australian qualified).

Sarah moved to the UK in 2017, following which she completed an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (Distinction) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction) at the University of Oxford.

Immigration and Asylum

Sarah’s immigration practice covers all areas of asylum and immigration law, including First-Tier and Upper Tribunals (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and judicial review proceedings. She is also regularly instructed in claims challenging the unlawful use of detention powers under the Immigration Acts and related damages claims.

She delivers talks and seminars on asylum-related issues in various forums, including at the IPLA Annual Conference, and on the No Walls podcast series (“The UK’s Response to Ukraine”).

Sarah previously worked as a Refugee Legal Advisor in Egypt and Greece, where she advised asylum-seekers on refugee status determination (RSD) and family reunification processes, conducted community-based training workshops, and accompanied clients, including a large number of unaccompanied minors, to RSD proceedings.

She has a strong commitment to pro bono and publicly funded work, and regularly volunteers for Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID).

Public and Administrative Law

Sarah is regularly instructed in judicial review matters in a wide range of areas, with a particular focus on immigration, asylum, and children’s rights.

She has acted in a number of public law challenges to Government asylum policies, including:

  • acting for an individual claimant (ASM) in the challenge to the Rwanda removal policy (before the Supreme Court) (led by Richard Drabble KC)

  • acting for various claimants in challenges to their designation as ‘Group 2’ refugees (led by Alex Goodman KC)

  • acting for Asylum Aid in the challenge to the Rwanda removal policy (led by Charlotte Kilroy KC)

  • acting for Freedom from Torture in the challenge to the refugee ‘pushback’ policy (led by Raza Husain KC)

Sarah has also advised on judicial review proceedings arising from the conduct of UK armed forces overseas.

International Law

Sarah has expertise in public international law, with a focus on international human rights law.

Her work in these areas includes:

advising a former state hostage on potential means of redress (including via the UN Special Procedures and ICJ).

advising an NGO on potential legal challenges — at the regional and international levels — to colonial-era “buggery” laws.

assisting Phillippe Sands KC and Remi Reichhold, Counsel for the Government of Mauritius, in the “Dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Mauritius and Maldives” (ITLOS, 2020).

co-authoring the Joint Opinion on the compliance of the UK Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill with the UK’s international legal obligations (Joint Opinion with Raza Husain KC, Jason Pobjoy, and Eleanor Mitchell)

Sarah is a rostered Trial Monitor within the American Bar Association / Clooney Foundation for Justice “Trial Watch” project, having successfully completed her trial monitoring training programme (co-developed by OHCHR).

Sarah is also a production team member of RightsUp!, a podcast from the Oxford Human Rights Hub.

Inquests and Public Inquiries

Sarah has been instructed in the Grenfell Inquiry (on behalf of Transport for London) and the Infected Blood Inquiry (on behalf of the Department of Health).

As a pupil, she also provided research assistance to Bilal Rawat, Counsel to the British Virgin Islands Commission of Inquiry.