Sarah is currently on maternity leave and is not available to accept instructions.
Sarah practises in all areas of commercial law including insurance and reinsurance; shipping; international trade; sale of goods; professional negligence and private international law. Sarah has acted in cases on her own, as a junior and as part of a team of counsel, appearing in the High Court, County Courts and in arbitration (both in London and in Singapore). Sarah combines this with a substantial advisory practice, regularly advising and settling pleadings in a wide variety of commercial disputes, with particular experience in shipping and insurance and reinsurance matters. Sarah’s more recent cases include a Commercial Court trial concerning a marine insurance claim for an actual total loss or constructive total loss of cargo aboard a vessel seized by Somali pirates (Masefield AG v Amlin Corporate Member  EWHC 280 (Comm)) and the subsequent appeal of David Steel J’s decision to the Court of Appeal ( EWCA Civ 24), as well as a number of arbitrations concerning shipbuilding disputes and a property insurance claim.
Downing College, Cambridge: MA in law, first class (2004). Downing College, Cambridge: LLM, highest first in the year (2005). During her time at Cambridge, Sarah was awarded a number of law scholarships and prizes by the University and Downing College: the Chancellor’s Medal for English Law; the BRD Clarke Prize; the Gareth Jones Prize for the Law of Restitution; Downing College Association Prize for Outstanding Performance; the University Norton Rose Prize for highest 1st in Law Tripos Part 1A; Downing College Tripos Prizes 2002, 2003 and 2004; and Senior Harris Scholarship. Inns of Court School of Law: Bar Vocational Course, Outstanding Sarah was awarded the Everard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize and the Bar Association Prize for Commerce, Finance and Industry. Sarah was a Middle Temple Queen Mother Scholar and a Harmsworth Entrance Exhibitioner. From 2005 to 2006, Sarah supervised Contract Law at Selwyn College, St Edmund’s College and Christ’s College, Cambridge University.