She advises on issues such as defamation, privacy and breach of confidence. She also acts for those seeking advice on commercial litigation, particularly within the equine industry.
Other clients have included MPs, judges, chief constables and senior civil servants, barristers and authors as well as organisations including public schools and public and private companies.
Chambers and Partners law directory recognises Sarah as a notable practitioner within the practice area of Defamation/Reputation Management quoting her as being "a good negotiator with an instinctive feel for this area of law".
Sarah was included as one of The Lawyer's "Hot 100" for 2012. They praised her saying "she has the required skill-set to succeed in this business - a tough negotiator...".
Sarah has successfully represented clients against a number of national and local newspapers and broadcasters including The Sun, The Mirror and The Daily Mail.
She has an added expertise in internet and ISP defamation having acted for leading individuals and organisations in respect of defamatory postings on the internet and cyber-bullying, including obtaining orders to discover the identity of the posters of the defamatory material. As a recognised authority in this field she regularly appears in the media, providing expert analysis of high profile cases. She was the only female lawyer in the Independent newspaper's 'Defame Academy', a list of 9 leading claimant defamation experts.
She lectures and writes for legal journals and the press generally and with her extensive knowledge of Equine Law writes a column for Horse & Hound.
Sarah is recognised in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 law directories. The Legal 500 writes that Sarah ‘has a lot of experience in the field, and deals courteously and clearly with clients, opposition and counsel'. She is also recommended by the law directory as part of the team of commercial litigation lawyers that are ‘a valuable addition to cases'.
Qualified 1983, joined Payne Hicks Beach 2011, partner 2011.Back to Partners Back to Dispute Resolution
"Absolutely brilliant; she's just like steel - she was so strong on a case which was extremely emotive"Chambers & Partners
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