Dr Sara Hunton’s family practice covers all areas of private family law including child law, financial remedies and matters arising under the Family Law Act 1996. She represents clients at all stages of proceedings from without notice applications to interim hearings, fact-finding hearings and fully contested multi-day hearings.
Sara is the co-author of Bloomsbury Professional’s Costs in Family Proceedings. In his Foreword to the first edition, Lord Wilson of the Supreme Court wrote,
‘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.’
She has completed the Advocacy & The Vulnerable (Family) training and understands the key principles behind the approach to, and questioning of, vulnerable people in the justice system.
If you would like more information about Sara’s practice, please contact her clerks on +44 (0)20 7405 6114.
Sara represents clients at all stages of financial remedy proceedings from first appointment, financial dispute resolution appointment to the contested final hearing.
She acts in:
- enforcement and variation applications and matters under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.
- cases dealing with pre- and post-nuptial agreements and overseas assets.
- claims under Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
Sara’s clients often include people who have experienced domestic abuse by their ex-partner.
Private law children
In private law children cases, Sara’s expertise spans the full range of child arrangements orders, prohibited steps orders and specific issue orders.
She acts in cases involving:
- serious child welfare matters such as alleged sexual abuse, parental domestic abuse, parental alienation, substance misuse and mental health issues
- protracted and intractable contact disputes and 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 and drafting complex but clear child arrangement orders.
Sara often appears opposite litigants in person and is adept at dealing with the professional and practical issues this can raise.
Family Law Act 1996-related cases
- 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; the second edition was published by Bloomsbury Professional in 2020.
- 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
- Inner Temple
- Gray’s Inn
Sara’s privacy notice can be found here.