AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Sarah has over 16 years’ experience practising in all areas of Town and Country Planning, and is consistently ranked as a Leading Junior in all of the leading publications (Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, The Planner’s Women of Influence List and Planning Magazine’s Top Rated Junior List).
Sarah has extensive experience across the full range of planning matters including large scale housing schemes, retail, renewable energy, waste, enforcement and compulsory purchase. She regularly appears in planning inquiries and hearings, enforcement inquiries, local plan examinations, statutory challenges and judicial review proceedings. She a particular specialism and extensive experience in large scale housing schemes, and has represented many of the national developers and land promoters in this capacity
Sarah also specialises in highways and rights of way matters, and is the Assistant Editor of the leading practitioner’s text on the subject (the Encyclopedia of Highway Law and Practice).
Sarah also acts as Junior Counsel to the Crown, and is appointed to its leading “A Panel”, advising and appearing on behalf of the Secretary of State in the most complex of planning matters. She has represented the Secretary of State in numerous statutory challenges in this capacity.
Sarah is the Director of Pupillage in Chambers. She was instrumental in establishing Women in Planning North West, and has sat on its Committee since its inception. Sarah also sits on the Committee for the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA). She has provided training to Planning Inspectors in that capacity on 3 occasions, and was also Chair of the PEBA – PINS Working Group, which sought to establish protocols for virtual hearings and inquiries during the pandemic.
Year of Call: 2004
Assistant Editor of the Encyclopedia of Highway Law and Practice
Junior Counsel to the Crown (“A Panel”)
National Committee Member for PEBA (Planning and Environmental Bar Association)
Committee Member for Women in Planning North West
Director of Pupillage, Kings Chambers
Member of Lincoln’s Inn, Northern and North Eastern Circuits
LLB Law with Hispanic Law: University College London (First Class)
Hurst Prize, Andrews Prize, Simmonds Prize, UCL Dean’s List (University College London)
Diploma in Spanish Law: Universidad Carlos III, Madrid
Bar Vocational Course: College of Law, London (Outstanding, ranked first in the year)
Lord Denning Scholarship, Megarry Scholarship, Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
University Tutor, Property I, University College London 2003 – 2004
Legal 500 (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018)
“She leaves no stone unturned in a case”
“A formidable advocate”
"Sarah is incredibly approachable and astute and we found these strengths made her particularly strong in planning appeal settings where situations change rapidly and can be turned to the clients advantage. It has meant she has turned potential losses into wins."
"Particularly experienced in environmental matters."
Chambers UK (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016)
“Attracts plentiful praise…she is noted for her expert strategy and effective advocacy style”
“She is one of the most thorough lawyers that I have ever come across. She is extremely good on matters of detail and fact, very insightful when it comes to the law, and someone who manages to put the most complex of matters in ways that clients understand”
“Maintains a wide ranging planning practice…she is particularly well versed in planning matters pertaining to residential and retail developments”
"Very effective cross-examiner."
"Makes technical issues accessible to those who aren't as academically astute as her."
"Good with handling clients and witnesses."
“Very approachable and confident in her approach to cases”
“Very sharp. Her cross – examinations are good”
“Hard working and very keen to make sure she has fully understood the case and is mapping a way to the best result”
“Very thorough and diligent. She is also very approachable and very hands on”
“She shows a very great attention to detail and is very, very focused”
“She is very good at motivating and is a good leader of a team”
"She puts witnesses at ease and she's very easy to work with."
“She is extremely dedicated and motivated, and meticulous in how she goes about things”
“I would pick her out. She is very effective”
The Planner’s Women of Influence List (2020, 2019, 2018)
“Easily one of the best barristers I have worked with in my 20 years as a Planner”.
“Outstanding advice to my local authority in support of the preparation of our local plan. She has been able to articulate the new policy requirements of the NPPF/PPG in a practical and clear way – not only to my team but to our specialist consultants”.
"I have had the privilege of working with Sarah over the last two years. Her attention to detail is second to none and she always goes that extra mile, putting her head and shoulders above many of her fellow barristers."
"Sarah is considered to be a ‘silk in the making’. She is a formidable advocate …”
“Sarah is an extremely professional and experienced planning barrister who has been beyond helpful at planning inquiries.”
“Her friendly manner has built my confidence and influenced my experience of inquiries and giving professional evidence”.
“She is always positive and encouraging, and will always take time to be supportive and provide assistance.”.
"…a superb role model for others entering the profession and has been instrumental in establishing and promoting the group ‘Women in Planning’. She is now an established member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association."
Planning Magazine Top Rated Junior List (2020), (2019), (2018)
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Other significant cases:
Specialist Housing for Older People
Heritage / Conservation
Energy and Waste
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