What we say about Sarah
Sarah has been a solicitor since 2000; practicing in the City after completing her training at CMS Cameron McKenna where she qualified into the Commercial Litigation department; briefly practicing in Hong Kong.
In the early part of her legal career Sarah specialised in media litigation and became a privacy law expert after representing Hello! magazine in its ground breaking litigation with its media rival Ok! following the celebrity wedding of Catherine Zeta-Jones to Michael Douglas. Sarah’s media clients have comprised national and international publishers including Associated Newspapers, Bloomberg and Guardian Newspapers Ltd, for whom she advised on all aspects of contentious media and commercial matters.
Sarah’s subsequent focus has been complex commercial disputes and she has assisted in many cases with an international element, developing an area of expertise in interim applications for freezing injunctions and tracing of assets and the growing area of financial crime; including follow on civil litigation from regulatory investigations into corporates, fraud, bribery and money laundering. Sarah’s technical expertise has been refined during periods as a legal post-graduate lecturer in commercial disputes and further, as a senior Professional Support Lawyer for a leading international firm from which she has developed a particular expertise in technical areas of the law including privilege.
Sarah prides herself on offering a commercial approach to technical matters, able to use her vast experience in lecturing and solicitor support to communicate complex procedures and technical detail in a results focused and accessible way.
Sarah is a Governor of Manor Mead and Walton Leigh schools, which cater for children with complex and profound learning difficulties.
Sarah’s work with client Hello! magazine, fighting the initial injunction obtained by its rival, Ok!, was the catalyst for ongoing interest and expertise in the evolving law of privacy, the Human Rights Act and Data Protection Act.
Sarah advised the Periodical Publisher’s Association on changes to its members’ practices and procedures in the wake of the Hello! injunction and re-wrote the Association’s Members’ Handbook, in addition to lecturing widely to the print and broadcast media on the topic.
Other notable commercial matters include representing the pharmaceutical industry in its challenge to the removal of RPM for medicines.