Call: 2006 | Solicitor: 1994
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Sarah is the head of Albion’s Private Law Children Team and has 30 years’ specialist experience of both private and public children law. She is one of only six barristers on the Western Circuit to be ranked in the highest band for children work in Chambers & Partners UK. She is also ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500.
In private law, Sarah’s in-depth knowledge of safeguarding and child protection makes her particularly well placed to act in disputes between parents where these issues arise. She is instructed in the most serious cases, including those involving domestic abuse, relocation, allegations of emotional harm, parental alienation, addiction and poor mental health. She is a qualified Children’s Arbitrator.
In the public law sphere, Sarah covers the full range of issues, with a particular interest in cases concerning non accidental injury, fabricated induced illness, poisoning and sexual abuse. Having practised in the Court of Protection in the past, Sarah regularly acts in cases involving the deprivation of liberty of children and young people.
Sarah joined Albion Chambers in 2014, after practising in London for over 20 years. She is an experienced trial advocate, is quick witted and fights her client’s corner. Clients and instructing solicitors have praised her for her client care skills, her meticulous preparation, her effective cross-examination and her “incisive”, “straight talking” approach. A significant proportion of Sarah’s work arises through personal recommendation and in all her work she offers pragmatism and a solution based approach. Sarah has completed the FLBA’s Vulnerable Witness Training and is alert to issues of vulnerability and appropriate safeguards in her dealings with clients.
Before she transferred to the Bar, Sarah was a solicitor for over 10 years. During this time, she founded Wilkinson Pope, a niche family law practice in Islington, where she specialised in representing children (both directly and through their guardians) and their parents. On her transfer to the Bar, Sarah 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.
Public Access: Sarah is licensed under the Public Access rules and her previous experience as a solicitor equips her well for this type of work.