Sarah's extensive family practice is focused on work involving children, both in private and public law proceedings.
She is predominantly instructed to appear on behalf of parents, although she has also acted on behalf of Local Authorities and the Guardian in public law proceedings.
Sarah is a member of the Family Bar Association.
As well as extensive experience in Residence and Contact disputes and Care Order Applications, she also has experience of the following:
- Contested Hearings involving the instruction and subsequent cross-examination of numerous experts, including child and adult psychiatrists and psychologists.
- Representing parents in lengthy fact finding hearings involving allegations of non-accidental injuries to the children, or of extensive domestic violence including rape.
- Applications for permission to discharge Care Orders, and Application for Contact with a Child in Care.
- Cases involving disputed paternity.
- Cases involving allegations and judicial findings of implacable hostility by one parent against the other, resulting in the potential removal of the child from that parent.
- Applications for Specific Issue Orders including the change of a school, change of a child’s surname, and culturally sensitive issues such as a child’s circumcision.
- Applications for Prohibited Steps Orders preventing removal of the child from the jurisdiction, where there is a real fear that one or other parent will abduct the child to a non-Hague Convention country.