Sarah has a nationwide practice in England and Scotland covering all areas of employment and discrimination law. Sarah represents both Claimants and Respondents. Recent cases include:

  • Defending a Respondent in a 5-day hearing against allegations of unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, holiday pay, unauthorised deduction of wages and breach of contract. A finding of unfair dismissal was made however the Judge made a 100% deduction to compensation due to the Claimant’s misconduct. The remaining claims were dismissed.
  • Defending a fashion designer in a 6-day hearing against allegations of Ordinary Unfair Dismissal, Automatic Unfair Dismissal, Maternity Discrimination, Victimisation and Notice Pay/Wrongful Dismissal.
  • Successfully defending a care company against allegations of unauthorised deductions from wages and failure to pay holiday pay.
  • Successfully representing a Claimant in a 3-day unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal in Glasgow against a local authority.
  • Successfully securing protective awards for 40+ Claimants due to the Respondent’s failure to collectively consult on redundancy contrary to section 188 TULRCA 1992.

Professional Discipline/Regulatory

Sarah accepts instructions in professional regulatory matters and represents professionals at fitness to practise hearings in England and Scotland. Recent cases include:

  • Successfully representing a care worker in a 5-day fitness to practise hearing before the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). Charges were proven against the worker, including a charge of dishonesty, however the Panel were persuaded that a finding of impairment does not automatically fall from a finding of dishonesty and the case against the worker was dismissed.
  • Successfully representing a nurse in a 14-day hearing at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The nurse faced charges of verbal and physical abuse against a schizophrenic patient dating back to 2013. Sarah made a successful submission of no case to answer in respect of one charge and the Panel found the remaining charges unproven in their entirety.

Business & Property

Sarah accepts instructions in a wide range of business and property matters. Her areas of practice include:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Contentious probate
  • Insolvency
  • Contempt proceedings
  • Commercial landlord and tenant disputes
  • Injunctions (High Court and County Court)
  • Misrepresentation
  • Interim applications
  • Real property disputes
  • Claims under the Consumer Credit Act 1974


Sarah accepts instructions in all housing matters. Sarah is regularly instructed to draft pleadings and has experience bringing and resisting Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998 claims. Sarah has particular experience advising and defending public and private landlords faced with allegations of housing disrepair. She also has experience in:

  • Statutory nuisance (EPA 1990) prosecutions
  • Possession trials
  • Allocation hearings
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Injunctions
  • Interim Applications
  • Homelessness
  • Unlawful eviction


  • BPP University, LLM Legal Practice Course (Barristers) (Distinction)
  • BPP University, Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation)
  • University of Huddersfield, English Literature with Creative Writing BA (First Class)


  • Dere Street Barristers Employment Law Prize (for achieving the highest Employment Law grade on the BPTC) (2018)
  • Leeds Medico-Legal Society Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Prize (for achieving the highest PICN grade on the BPTC) (2018)
  • Internship Award, Inner Temple (2018)
  • Sir Joseph Priestley Award, Inner Temple (2018)
  • BPP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Pro Bono (2018)
  • BPP Advocacy Award (2017)
  • BPP Excellence Award (2017)
  • The Spirit of the Humanities Award, University of Huddersfield (2016)
  • Exhibition Award, Inner Temple (2016)


  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Clerking team

Steve Walker

Lead Civil Clerk

0191 245 9589

Lead Employment Clerk & Civil Clerk

0191 300 9359


01642 247 569

Civil & Criminal Silks' Clerk

0113 3235 955

Direct Access Clerk

01642 247 569

Civil Clerk

0191 245 9556