Sara is a family and civil practitioner who specialises in all areas of family law.
Sara is the co-author of LexisNexis’ 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 on +44 (0)20 7405 6114.
Sara’s family practice covers all areas of private family law including child law, financial remedies and matters arising under the Family Law Act 1996. Sara represents clients at all stages of proceedings from without notice applications to interim hearings, fact-finding hearings and fully contested multi-day hearings.
Private Child Law
In private law children cases, Sara’s experience spans the full range of child arrangements orders, prohibited steps orders and specific issue orders.
She acts in cases which involve not only serious child welfare matters (such as alleged sexual abuse) but which feature allegations of domestic abuse between parents, parental alienation, substance misuse and mental health issues. Sara is often instructed in cases featuring protracted and intractable contact disputes and she has experience of cases that have (or develop) a public law element.
Sara frequently works with vulnerable clients, including those with disabilities and mental health problems. She is practised in negotiating complex but clear child arrangement orders. Sara also has considerable experience of appearing opposite litigants in person and dealing with the professional and practical issues this can raise.
In public law cases related to children, Sara has experience of cases involving issues of designation between local authorities. Her knowledge 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 has experience at each stage of financial remedy proceedings from first appointment, financial dispute resolution appointment to the contested final hearing. She also acts in enforcement and variation applications and matters arising under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, including those involving clients who have experienced domestic abuse by the other party.
Family Law Act 1996
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 for applicants and respondents in applications for non-molestation orders, occupation orders and the transfer of tenancies.
Sara is a regular author of case summaries for the Family Law Week website.
Sara advises and acts in a range of civil law disciplines including residential property, bankruptcy, insolvency proceedings, enforcement and contractual 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
- Privacy Notice
Sara’s Privacy notice can be found here