Consultant

Experience

Sarah has wide-ranging experience of public and regulatory law. She has worked with a diverse range of clients including public and private sector bodies, charities and individuals. She regularly advises on complying with statutory obligations, decision making and challenges (including judicial review and public procurement claims) and drafting and following sound policies and procedures. Sarah has a particular interest in equality law, constitutional law, health and social care, public procurement, public inquiries and inquests, charities and education. She also has knowledge of data protection and freedom of information law. Sarah is a qualified Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts, Civil Proceedings). When she is not working for BWB, Sarah is completing a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London, considering whether equality protections have constitutional status in the UK. She is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Examples of recent work

  • Representing two NHS bodies in separate judicial review claims before the High Court.
  • Defending10 contracting authorities in a claim against a combined public procurement exercise run by them.
  • Assisting with the transfer of functions from one statutory regulator to a new statutory regulator, including advising on the new legislation.
  • Representing a public body in a First Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) case.
  • Advising a charity in relation to a potential investigation by the Charity Commission.
  • Assisting clients to respond to Freedom of Information requests.
  • Advising a disabled claimant on an equality claim in the High Court.
  • Representing a public body in an independent review of the role its activities played in a public scandal.
  • Advising on the application of the public sector equality duty in the health context.
  • Assisting a public body to draft its constitution.
  • Challenging a procurement exercise run by a public body.
  • Advising a public body on the closure of a service.
  • Assisting a public body to understand the application of an EU freedom of movement directive to its activities.
  • Representing a public body in a judicial review of a statutory consultation exercise run by it.
  • Training clients on the new General Data Protection Regulation.
  • Representing the claimants in an appeal of a judicial review claim in the Supreme Court.

Qualifications and career

  • University of Oxford, BA (Hons) French and Italian, 2010, 2i
  • College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2011, Distinction
  • College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2012, Distinction
  • Trained at Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in 2014
  • Associate Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team at Baker & McKenzie LLP from 2014 – 2016
  • Secondment to the BBC Trust in 2014
  • Qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts, Civil Proceedings) in 2015
  • Birkbeck College, University of London, LLM, 2016, Distinction
  • Associate Solicitor in the Public Law team at DAC Beachcroft LLP from 2016 – 2018
  • Queen Mary, University of London, PhD, 2017 - Present
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite in April 2018.

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Member of the Young Public Lawyers Group.
  • Founding member of the Women’s Equality Party.