Sarah read law in 1997 and was called to the bar in 1999. She joined Chambers in January 2022 and is undertaking a reduced pupillage under the supervision of Jason Elliott. Due to her considerable previous experience, Sarah has been exempted entirely from the non-practising period of pupillage and is able to accept instructions across all of Chambers' practice areas.
Since completion of her studies Sarah has worked with the General Dental Council in the legal services department and more recently for the Immigration Advisory Service before setting up her own practice, Immigration Advice Centre, specialising in Immigration and Asylum matters where she has practiced for the last 10 years.
Sarah is an accredited senior immigration caseworker and supervisor with The Law Society and has extensive experience in all immigration and asylum applications and appeals and is familiar with all areas of immigration and asylum practice.
Her practice has been a mixture of legal aid and private work and has represented numerous clients over the years with applications to appeals before the First Tier Tribunal, Upper Tier and Court of Appeal and bail and deportation matters and trafficking cases. Her advocacy experience is considerable with her regularly appearing before the First Tier and Upper Tier of the Immigration and Asylum chamber for the last 20 years.
Sarah works closely with a number of charities and organisations locally including Red Cross and Justice First supporting the local asylum seeking community.
Sarah’s main focus has been in Immigration and Asylum where she has significant experience with law and practice in these areas. She is fully conversant with the Immigration rules and regularly advises on a variety of immigration matters.
Her asylum experience is extensive, and she is fully conversant with country guidance cases and country of origin evidence. She is able to assist in cases involving vulnerable clients including victims of torture and trafficking and significant experience of Home Office policy and procedures in these areas.
She regularly drafts skeleton arguments and grounds for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal and has experience of drafting grounds of appeal to the Court of Appeal.
Having joined Chambers as a practising pupil, Sarah is extremely keen to develop her expertise in our other areas of practice. She is more than willing to accept instructions in any of these and will ensure that her considerable academic and advocacy experience will provide the highest level of service.