Sara is a family and civil practitioner specialising in all areas of family law and matters related to residential property.
Sara is the co-author of Jordan’s Costs in Family Proceedings, described in a Foreword by Lord Wilson of the Supreme Court as ‘a magisterial book. …Our library here will stock this book. Family practitioners should in my view expect that all family judges will want to work from it.’
If you would like any further information regarding Sara’s practice, please contact her clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.
Sara’s family practice covers all areas of family law including private and public children law, matters under the Family Law Act 1996 and financial remedies. Sara acts for clients in a range of interim, fact finding and contested final hearings and emergency without notice applications in the County Court and Magistrates’ Court.
Sara’s experience in private law children cases spans the full range of child arrangements orders, prohibited steps orders and specific issue orders. Sara represents clients at all stages of proceedings from without notice applications to fully contested multi-day hearings.
Sara represents clients in cases related to the Family Law Act 1996, Part IV and is familiar with the connection between such proceedings and applications made under the Children Act 1989. She regularly acts in applications for non-molestation orders, occupation orders and the transfer of tenancies.
She represents both local authorities and parents in public law proceedings and appears in private law children matters in which the local authority is involved.
In cases related to public law children, Sara has experience of cases involving issues of designation between local authorities She has appeared in cases featuring vulnerable clients and those accused of sexual abuse. Her experience in private law matters is relevant in cases in which it is appropriate for the court to make a child arrangements order along with a supervision order, rather than a care order.
Sara is also a regular author of case summaries for the Family Law Week website.
- PROPERTY & LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Sara advises on and appears in a wide range of property matters and acts for private landlords, tenants, mortgagees and local authorities.
She is instructed on matters relating to possession, trespass, disrepair, nuisance, rent arrears, transfer of tenancy, and the appeal of notices under section 215, Town and Country Planning Act 1990 regarding land adversely affecting amenity of neighbourhood.
Sara recently successfully represented a local authority before the Valuation Tribunal on appeals related to council tax liability.
She regularly appears in a range of without notice applications, interim hearings, fact finding hearings and contested final hearings in the County Court and Magistrates’ Court.
Sara advises and acts in a wide range of civil law disciplines, including bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, enforcement and contract matters.
- BVC (Outstanding), BPP Law School, London
- GDL, BPP Law School, London
- PhD, Birkbeck College, University of London
- BSc Joint Honours Mathematics and Geography, Bedford College, University of London
- Inner Temple Major BVC Scholarship
- Inner Temple Award for Outstanding Achievement in the BVC
- Sara is the co-author of Costs in Family Proceedings published by Jordans in 2015.
- Sara contributed to the publication ‘Costs Law: A Practitioner’s Guide’ published by ARK Group in association with the Solicitors Journal in June 2016. Sara’s chapter deals with costs in family proceedings.
- For LexisNexis®PSL, Sara considered the case Mazhar v Lord Chancellor  EWHC 2536 in which the Family Division ruled on judicial acts and human rights and considered whether a claim under the Human Rights Act 1998 against the Crown in respect of a judicial act could succeed? https://www.lexisnexis.com/uk/lexispsl/publiclaw/synopsis/122376:122377/News-analysis/News-analysis
- Sara is also a regular author of case summaries for the Family Law Week website.
- Professional memberships
- Inner Temple
- Gray’s Inn