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Sarah has been a family law specialist for over 25 years and has practised as a Barrister on the Western Circuit since 2004. She specialises in cases involving what were formerly known as contact and residence issues, and removals from the jurisdiction. She represented the appellant fathers in Re W (Children) (2012) EWCA Civ 999 and Re H-B (Contact) (2015) EWCA Civ 389, the fathers in Re A & B (Contact) (No 4) 2015 EWHC 2839 (Fam) and the appellant grandmother in Re T (A Child) (2010) EWCA Civ 1527. She has built a strong practice representing parents and wider family members in complex and intractable disputes over children. Her practice also encompasses divorce and financial remedies.

Prior to being called to the Bar in 2004, Sarah practised as an attorney in New York for seven years, where she worked for one of the leading family law firms. She was the only British attorney at the New York Family Bar at the time, and her practice there included many high profile divorce and custody disputes. She appeared regularly in the New York State Supreme Court and the US District (Federal) Court and in several notable & reported cases.
Sarah initially qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1992 and has qualified and worked in three jurisdictions, having also been a solicitor in Edinburgh for three years. She maintains strong links with the New York and Scottish legal communities and is frequently instructed to advise by Judges and Solicitors alike in matters of New York State and Scottish Law. She is an experienced advocate in all three jurisdictions.

Sarah is trained and has practised as a Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer both in the US and UK. She is a member of the Family Law Bar Association and the Western Circuit.

In 2016 Sarah became one of the first Children‘s Arbitrators under the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators Children’s Arbitration Scheme (ifla.org.uk) and is Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

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