Year of Call: 2013
Sarah has a busy and varied criminal practice. She appears primarily in in the Crown Court, and occasionally in the Magistrates Court and the Youth Court.
Sarah is a confident advocate who is committed to representing her clients’ interests actively and fearlessly. She is meticulous in her preparation and in the presentation of her cases at trial. She is also very approachable, puts her clients at ease, and she always ensures that her clients fully understand court proceedings and the strengths and weaknesses of their cases to allow them to make fully informed decisions. Sarah possesses mature strategy skills, and she is able to grasp and advance complex legal arguments and defences.
Sarah also has a family practice, representing clients in children proceedings, both private and care, as well as Family Law Act proceedings.
In her rather limited spare time, Sarah teaches advocacy as a tutor with the Education department of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn on BPTC students courses and residential weekends, as well as volunteers as a Judge with the Inn’s mooting club. She also volunteers to mentor and/or assist those seeking pupillage.
Prior to joining GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates, Sarah was in court daily acting as a Family Court advocate where she represented legally aided clients in domestic violence and children proceedings involving domestic violence, both at trial and in interim hearings. She also worked as a County Court advocate in civil matters.
Sarah was also a personal assistant to a leading silk whose practice focused on Crime, Actions Against the Police, Immigration and Inquests. Sarah gained extensive experience drafting applications and opening notes, and assisting with case preparation and trial strategy in criminal proceedings, including sexual offences and murder trials. She also carried out work on appeals to the Court of Appeal against conviction and sentence.
She had previously volunteered with the Prisoners’ Advice Service for two years and advised prisoners on all matters relating to their detention and their rights as prisoners. Three days a week, she ran a pro bono service at court providing legal advice and advocacy services for litigants-in-person following LASPO, primarily in family and housing matters.
Notable Cases – Crime
R v LH (2021) Central Criminal Court – Sarah secured Not Guilty verdicts in historic Court Number One at the Old Bailey. On the first day of trial for PWITS and being concerned with the supply of class B drugs, Sarah made a successful application to exclude damaging telephone evidence. The Crown offered no evidence as a result. Please click here for the article.
R v RD (2021) Maidstone CC – multi-handed sentence for conspiracy to steal. Sophisticated conspiracy using a malware to steal cash from ATMs. RD was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment. For more details, please click here.
R v DA (2021) Inner London CC – sentence for distribution of Category A and B indecent images of a child, and possession of 38 indecent images of a child and extreme pornography. Sarah secured a sentence of 16 months suspended for 2 years. Please click here for more details.
R v NM (2021) Isleworth CC – sentence for 2 attempted burglaries (dwelling). NM was a prolific offender with convictions for 57 offences of dishonesty, including numerous dwelling burglaries. The present offences were committed whilst on licence for another dwelling burglary. Sarah secured a suspended sentence allowing NM to benefit from a DRR and an ATR.
R v DW (2021) Kingston-upon-Thames CC – trial for s16a Firearms Act possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and robbery with an imitation firearm. Sarah persuaded the court that DW should not be found to be a dangerous offender for the purpose of an extended sentence, and secured a total sentence of 3 years imprisonment.
R v SS (2021) Kingston-upon-Thames CC – Sarah secured an absolute discharge following a unanimous Special Verdict of Not Guilty by reason of insanity. Please click here for details of the trial and here for a full article on the outcome.
R v FC (2021) Inner London CC – Sarah secured a 12 months sentence for one count of robbery of a 16 year old boy and three counts of assault on an emergency worker. FC had been remanded in custody for nearly 6 months at the time of sentence, therefore guaranteeing his prompt release.
R v AD (2021) Snaresbrook CC – Single count indictment for aggravated burglary. Sarah made a successful dismissal application.
R v NY (2020) Isleworth CC – trial for possession with intent to supply cannabis.
R v D (2020) Inner London CC – Sarah secured a suspended sentence for a third offence of possession of a knife committed whilst on licence for the last knife offence.
R v AN (2020) Bexley YC – Sarah secured a conditional discharge for possession of a bladed article following trial.
R v FD (2020) Woolwich CC – unanimous acquittal following trial for possession of an offensive weapon. For more details, please click here.
R v JT (2020) Kingston-upon-Thames CC – acquittal on a count of racially aggravated assault by beating. £50 fine for the alternative count, namely a simple assault.
R v D (2019) Kingston-upon-Thames CC – trial on one count of possession of a bladed article where Sarah ran a defence of ‘good reason’. Following conviction, Sarah secured a sentence of 7 weeks, departing substantially from the mandatory minimum 6 months sentence for second knife offences. For more details, please click here.
R v AU (2019) Snaresbrook CC – trial for possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
R v DB (2019) Blackfriars CC – trial on one count of assault on an emergency worker.
R v PL (2019) Kington CC – Appeal against sentence allowed, reducing the original 10 months imprisonment sentence to 18 weeks for breaches of a SOPO. Please click here for more details
R v TL (2019) Bexley MC – acquittal following trial for using threatening and abusive behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress with the intent to do so. The allegation arose in a domestic context.
R v NL (2019) Croydon MC – acquittal on four charges: assault by beating and criminal damage (prosecution offered no evidence following submissions), obstructing / resisting a constable in the execution of their duty, and assault by beating of an emergency worker (officers found to have acted unlawfully). Please click here for more details.
Notable Cases – Family
M v M (2021) Central Family Court – Sarah represented the respondent mother in a 4-day fact-finding hearing following the father’s application for a child arrangements order. Fully successful fact-finding hearing. For more details, please click here.
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.
Criminal Bar Association.
Women in Criminal Law.
Education and qualifications:
BA (Hons) Criminology and Law.
Graduate Diploma in Law.
Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent).
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