"Very hard-working, very well prepared and very thorough. She's a very good advocate, who has good judgment and lots of experience as both a barrister and a solicitor." Chambers and Partners UK
Sarah joined Albion Chambers in 2014, having practised in London for over 20 years. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 and transferred to the Bar in 2006. Clients and instructing solicitors have praised her for her client care skills, her highly effective cross-examination and her “incisive”, “straight talking” approach. Instructing Solicitors have noted that Sarah’s previous career as a solicitor has given her an enhanced understanding of the pressures for the client of being involved in litigation and the needs of those instructing her. A significant proportion of Sarah’s work arises through personal recommendation.
During her time as a solicitor, Sarah founded Wilkinson Pope, a niche family law practice in Islington. On her transfer to the Bar she joined 14 Gray’s Inn Square (now Fourteen), where she was instructed by some of London’s leading specialist family law firms and where she continues as a Door Tenant. She retains her strong London connections and, despite having relocated to the South West, still welcomes instructions from London and the South East.
A specialist children law practitioner, Sarah represents all parties in complex care proceedings and private law children disputes.
Public Access: Sarah is licensed under the Public Access rules and her previous experience as a solicitor makes her particularly well placed to undertake this type of work.
Sarah has been recognised as a Leading Family Junior in both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 for many years.
Chambers and Partners
Sarah has been commended for:
- the “determination and energy” she brings to a case
- the emphasis she places upon client care
- her ability to analyse information well
- her ability to guide the instructing solicitor along the right path
- her “tenacious and thorough” advocacy
2014 – “Sarah Pope is highlighted in particular for her strong performances in court and for the experience she brings having been a former solicitor”
“A very experienced childcare lawyer”
“Because she was a solicitor she appreciates all the difficulties her instructing solicitors have to put up with”
2015 – “She’s very approachable, very good with the client and she produces very good paperwork. Very gutsy, she always puts the clients’ interests first. She reads everything in detail and is very persuasive in front of a judge”
2016 – “Very hard-working, very well prepared and very thorough. She’s a very good advocate, who has good judgment and lots of experience as both a barrister and a solicitor.”
2017 – "Often acts for guardians on public children law cases. She has experience in a wide variety of issues, including FGM, international relocation, child death and sexual abuse."
The Legal 500
Sarah is praised for being:
2012 – “simply a great barrister”
2013 – “highly respected and advances difficult cases with skill and sensitivity”
2014 – “Approachable and helpful and meticulous in her preparation”
Sarah is an Independent Costs Adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency. She is a fluent French speaker and speaks conversational Italian.