Inn: Inner Temple
Sarah is now a Door Tenant and divides her time between Liverpool and London, where she is a Member of New Square Chambers. Sarah is a specialist Wills, Trusts, and Estates barrister and her expertise extends to Property and Commercial Litigation and Family Law matters involving aspects of her Chancery and Commercial practice, such as trusts, inheritance, and companies.
Prior to coming to the Bar Sarah read for a Ph.D. and tutored. Having subsequently qualified and worked as an investment analyst in asset management and private banking in the City, she gained sound understanding of financial matters and dealing with high net-worth individuals.
In her previous capacity as in-house counsel to a commercial bank, Sarah advised on financial services regulation; the incorporation of offshore funds and companies; commercial landlord and tenant; and contract.
Sarah is an editor for the Clause Banks and some of the legal commentary for The Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents: Volume 42(3): Wills and Administration.
Sarah writes Headnotes for the Wills and Trusts Law Reports.
Areas of Work
Chancery and Commercial
Sarah’s expertise includes providing specialist advice and representation, and undertaking drafting on the following:
Landlord and Tenant• The interpretation of commercial and residential leases, often where there is a Headlease with a succession of Underleases and Subleases; • Leasehold enfranchisement; • Dilapidations; • Forfeiture; • Unlawful eviction.
• Orders for Possession and/or Sale;• Property-related torts, such as nuisance and trespass; • Easements; • Restrictive covenants; • Boundary disputes • Land registration and rectification of the Register.
Sarah provides advice and representation, and undertakes drafting in various areas of commercial litigation, including the following:
Commercial and Contractual Disputes• Interpretation of contracts and breach of contract, including commercial contracts, building contracts; and contracts for the supply of goods and services, • Misrepresentation, duress, and undue influence.
Banking and Financial Services
• Disputes arising from alleged breaches of banking terms and conditions; pertaining to lending facilities; arising out of the enforcement of guarantees, charges, or other securities;• Disputes relating to payments.
• Claims against solicitors in such areas of practice as the preparation and execution of Wills, and conveyancing;• Claims against banking professionals and financial services institutions.
Wills, Probate & Trusts
Trusts, Wills & Estates
Sarah’s expertise includes providing specialist advice and representation, and undertaking drafting on the following:Succession and Contentious and Non-Contentious Probate • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 claims on behalf of spouses, cohabitees, children, stepchildren, and siblings of the Deceased; • testamentary capacity; • challenges to the validity of Wills; • Executors’ powers and duties; • Applications for the removal of Executors; • the settlement of Wills and the administration of Estates; • the rectification and variation of Wills.
Trusts, including Trusts of Land and Co-Ownership• Trust Deeds and Deeds of Variation; • Trustees’ powers and duties; • Breach of trust and the removal of Trustees; • the merits of trusts claims (including express, resulting, and constructive trusts, and proprietary estoppel); • Applications for the removal of Trustees; • Claims under The Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 for declarations of trust and beneficial interest in co-ownership disputes.
Court of Protection
• Issues of capacity and undue influence;• Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney; • Welfare, Property and Financial Affairs; • the appointment and removal of Deputies (including cases of alleged financial abuse); • the Deprivation of Liberty, including vulnerable elderly clients or persons with autism; • claims for possession of property of a person lacking capacity.
Recognised in the Legal 500 2021 as a Leading Junior in Private Client – Trusts and Probate as “always extremely well prepared for every hearing and her communications skills with clients have always been reassuring and well-received with matters being explained clearly”.
Recognised in the Legal 500 2022 as a Leading Junior in Private Client – Trusts and Probate