Sarah is the firm's Managing Partner and head of the firm's highly regarded dispute resolution group. A top ranked litigator, Sarah is recognised for her commercial and financial litigation expertise and her considerable High Court experience. Chambers UK 2017 describes Sarah as "incisive and forceful" "A tenacious litigator who leads a good team with a very clear focus on what client is trying to achieve"

Sarah has been identified as one of the legal sector’s leading lights, in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list for 2017.

Sarah advises on complex commercial disputes including company and shareholder disputes, fraud claims, commercial contract disputes, partnership disputes, pensions disputes and problems relating to international sale of goods.

Top ranked for advising on professional negligence, Sarah advises on claims against financial advisors, solicitors, accountants, auditors, surveyors, architects and has particular experience in claims against advisers for negligent tax planning and investment advice. She advises on complex investment structure disputes and issues involving HMRC. 

    “…has wasted no time making her mark” and “…has been a key driver of the firm’s growth strategy”

    The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2017

    Experience

    • Advised on claims of failure to supply which involved multi-million pound international arbitrations.
    • Advised on claims for breach of contract, including obligations of confidentiality.
    • Acting for director in a claim by a liquidator alleging unlawful dividends declared.
    • Acting for claimants in proceedings relating to contractual obligations for early retirement pension benefits.
    • Successfully acted for a Company on negligently implemented tax scheme resulting in a multi-million pound demand from HMRC.
    • Acted for investors in Film Schemes, EMI, EBT EFURB Schemes.

    Reported cases

    • Swindle v Harrison
    • Bradford & Bingley Building Society v Hayes and Dunphy's
    • Mortgage Express v Sawali
    • VFS Financial Services (UK) Limited v Hennellys Limited
    • Lighthousecarrwood plc v Luckett
    • Ross v Stonewood Securities Limited
    • Gander and Thomas v BPE Solicitors

    Career

    Sarah graduated from Wolverhampton and was a Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize winner. She trained at Wright Hassall, qualified in 1991 and became a partner in 1998 and the firm's Managing Partner in 2016. She has been a key member of the firm's strategic leadership team and most recently developed and launched the firm's ambitious growth strategy. Under her leadership, the focus on growth and its client-centric approach culminated in the firm being awarded "Regional Law Firm of the Year 2017" by the industry leading "The Lawyer" publication.

    Memberships

    Interests

    Sarah enjoys skiing, going to the theatre and reading.