Sarah is a senior associate in the children law team specialising in all aspects of the law relating to children. She has practised exclusively in this area for nine years and has a breadth of experience in providing legal and practical advice to assist clients in resolving the complexities of family life.
As a Children Panel lawyer she represents children in court proceedings either through their court appointed CAFCASS guardians or directly for children themselves. Acting for children provides a unique dimension to the advice she is able to provide all clients.
Sarah is also accredited by Resolution as a specialist in international children law and private children law in recognition of her expertise in these areas.
She is an experienced negotiator and advocate at court and will represent clients in court proceedings when appropriate.
Whether acting for children, parents, grandparents, foster carers or adopters, Sarah is known for her dedication to her clients. Her hard working approach is driven by her commitment to seeking the best possible outcomes for children and their families.
Sarah prides herself on combining technical knowledge of the law with pragmatic, cost sensitive advice. She is mindful to keep an eye on the bigger picture of a family’s future and her membership of Resolution cements her commitment to ensuring that family disputes are resolved as amicably as possible.
Sarah is able to advise on the following issues:
- child protection - social services can become involved with families from all walks of life. Sarah has a breadth of experience as to the powers and duties of a local authority’s involvement in a child’s life
- international children law - cross-border children law is a particularly complex area in which Sarah has built up expertise. She is often instructed by the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) and is one the specialist lawyers on this panel
- adoption/fostering - Sarah is regularly instructed by prospective adopters to assist in the legal adoption process from making an application to the judge making a final adoption order
- private children law - Sarah advises on all arrangements for children, with whom they should live and spend their time, specific issues such as decisions in respect of schooling or medical treatment, issues arising from same sex parenting, surrogacy and parental responsibility
- domestic violence - Sarah advises on non-molestation (injunctions) and occupation orders to ensure an individual and their children are protected from harm. She is able to act without delay to make or respond to such applications
- Advises and represents clients at Child Protection Case Conferences, Public Law Outline Legal Planning meetings, and Public Law children proceedings
- Particular expertise in care proceedings with an international element, cases involving serious allegations of sexual abuse or physical non-accidental injuries
- Advises on issues of relocating with a child abroad either through negotiations or if appropriate, in court proceedings in ‘leave to remove’ or ‘prohibited steps’ applications
- Acts for both applicants and respondents in Hague Convention/Wardship/Brussels IIR proceedings in child abduction proceedings
- Advises on step-parent adoptions, Special Guardianship Orders and support packages
- Praised by clients for her ‘very valuable and to the point advice’ and for her ’professionalism, warm manner and elegant approach’. She is described by others in the legal profession as ‘really cutting the mustard’
- Achieved an accreditation with the Law Society’s Children Law Scheme in 2012 as recognition of her expertise
- Achieved an accreditation with Resolution in 2014 as a specialist in private law children matters and international child abduction
- Member of the Association for Children Lawyers
- Founding member of the Child Abduction Lawyer’s Association (CALA) and also a member of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship (LCF)
- Studied Law with European legal studies at the University of Bristol and the University of Caen, France
- Completed her LPC and training at Russell-Cooke