Called in 1994, Sarah is an experienced specialist in the fields of personal injury, clinical and dental negligence work, and medical disciplinary work. In addition, Sarah has a notable specialist costs practice.
Sarah is recognised both by Chambers UK and by the Legal 500 as a Leading Junior in the fields of Clinical negligence & Healthcare and Costs Litigation.
In the Clinical Negligence and Healthcare fields, Sarah has extensive experience in respect of all areas of medicine and dentistry, from small injuries to highly complex multi-million-pound brain injury and obstetric claims, acting both for Claimants and Defendants. She undertakes all stages of work from initial conferences, advice and drafting through to trial. Her caseload involves many claims in which she is led, or in which she is sole Counsel against Leading Counsel on the opposing side. She is frequently asked to attend settlement meetings. She has additional experience of representation at inquests and before the mental health review tribunal.
Her Personal Injury practice includes group litigation, abuse claims, RTA claims, employee claims, criminal victim claims, occupier’s liability, trips and slips.
In the field of Professional Discipline Sarah represents practitioners appearing before the GMC, GDC and other professional regulators.
Her Costs practice covers wasted costs cases (both sides), CFA compliance and success fees, claims against third party funders, costs capping, and personal liability claims against experts. On costs issues Sarah appears regularly in the SCCO, as well as before the County and High Courts, and in the Court of Appeal. Her costs work has also taken her to the UK Supreme Court, and she appeared in the first case to be heard there on 14 October 2009.
“Ruthlessly efficient in dealing with experts and cross-examining witnesses”.
(Legal 500 2016)
"She is good, razor sharp and robust. If you are going to trial you want her on your side." "She's brilliant. She related to my clients and she related to my experts. She's a class act." (Chambers and Partners 2016)
“You get sound, valuable and pragmatic advice from you and she doesn’t ask you to do the impossible.” (Chambers and Partners 2015)
"She is excellent as she's experienced, has a good brain, is tenacious and is thorough. Has a good understanding of the subject at hand." "Pragmatic and super with clients, she talks in a way that they understand." (Chambers and Partners 2014)
“has an interesting practice relating to clinical and dental negligence and possesses complementary skills in costs litigation. She recently appeared in Paul Wright v Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust, which concerned an allegedly vastly over-inflated claim for damages”. (Chambers and Partners 2013)
“Instructing solicitors turn to her time and again as she “delivers at every level” and “clients love her.” (Chambers and Partners, 2012)”
“tenacious and absolutely focused” (Legal 500 2012/2013)
"A pleasure to work with". (Legal 500 2016)
"She has a strong knowledge of the subject and first-class advocacy skills." "She's strong in conference, pragmatic and someone who gets to the point." (Chambers and Partners 2016)
“Impressive on her feet; her cross-examination is really incisive.” (Chambers and Partners 2015)
“She has a very good grasp of costs law and is a first-class advocate.” (Legal 500 2015)
“brings her significant experience in clinical negligence to bear on her costs work.” (Chambers and Partners 2013)
“an adroit performer who puts her case across in an attractive and credible manner.” (Chambers and Partners, 2012)
"extremely competent, approachable and able to spell out difficult sections of law in a very understandable way"; "her advocacy skills very often turn a case in your favour". (Legal 500 2012/2013)
Magdalen College Oxford BA Hons
Inns of Court School of Law; Very Competent
Contributor to Westlaw online law encyclopaedia 2012
Costs entries for Jowitt’s Dictionary of Law 2010
Contributor to the Law Society's Ethics for Advocates Manual, 2008
Co-author, together with Guy Mansfield QC, of "Wasted Costs and Costs against Non-Parties" Sweet and Maxwell Personal Injury Handbook, 2001 and 2007
Contributing author to "An Introduction to Human Rights and the Common Law", English and Havers, 2000, (Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury chapter)
Sarah has experience of lecturing at conferences and to small groups, in particular on human rights issues, personal injury and clinical negligence litigation, on the civil procedure rules and on costs.
Qualified Arbitrator for PI Carbs
Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit (Crime) (2012)
Serious Sex Offence Ticket 2016
Deputy Costs Judge (Taxing Master) of the Senior Courts (2013)
Deputy District Judge of the Principal Registry of the Family Division (2013)
Deputy District Judge of the County Court (2013)
Significant cases include the following
Reported Cases/Cases attracting press interest include;-
DGMP (a child who proceeds by way of his litigation friend, RSTP) v. Bedford Hospital NHS trust with Central Bedfordshire Council intervening, approval 7 July 2015, £9 million settlement for a cerebral palsy sufferer, residential school fees secured.
Joseph Cairns v Medway NHS Trust, judgment 7 April 2014, successful defence at trial of a claim alleging orthopaedic negligence.
Melissa Cutting v Dr Islam 2014 EWHC 720 (QB) acting for widowed Claimant in delayed diagnosis of cancer claim. Judgment for the Claimant given on 17th March 2014
Daniel Appleton v Medway NHS Foundation Trust 2013, successful defence at trial of high court claim re amputation
Jacqueline Watson v David Ross RCJ 6 March 2012
Paul Wright v Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, RCJ 7 December 2011, LTL 8/12/2011 Document No. AC9301002
Chipchase v Marsh, 9 July 2010, LTL AC 9200961, claim arising out of the encirclement of a patient’s ilio-inguinal nerve
Christopher Kebby (by his mother and litigation friend Catherine Patricia Kebby) v South West Strategic Health Authority, settled December 2009 for £5 million, cerebral palsy claim acting on behalf of adult c.p. Claimant with a young child of his own
Kim Marion Jones v Matthew Newland, November 2007. Successful defence at trial in a Dental Negligence case. Issue of informed consent. Causation and Chester v Afshar considered
2007, acted for the Defendant Trust in final 3 infant Organ Retention litigation claims
Represented affected GPs in MMR vaccine group litigation
Smith v Mr Dai Davies, July 2006. (Successful defence at trial of Consultant Plastic Surgeon arising out of rhino-plasty on a patient with active lupus)
Steven John Richard Juliff v Drs Hillard, Trigg, Lukaszewicz, 24.5.01, LTL 25.6.01 (allegation of failure to diagnose HIB meningitis on the part of GPs)
Matthew Henry Poynter (By Kevin John Poynter) v Hillingdon Health Authority, (judgment 23rd April 1997 (paediatric cardiology)
Instructed on behalf of owner/operator of Winterbourne View Care home in Group Litigation by various Claimants 2013,
Carol Watkins-Protain v Beaulieu Enterprises Limited, settled 2012, employee claim by the personal assistant, driver and driver and general factotum to Lord and Lady Montague of Beaulieu.
Re Michael Taylor Deceased, 24, 25, 26 April 2012 and 24, 25 October 2011, Eastbourne Town Hall, jury inquest, death from cardiac arrest in Lewes prison of a life serving prisoner.
Re LM, December 2011 successful settlement of claim by UK’s best aspiring young American footballer shot in a London nightclub, claim pursued against the nightclub.
2016, ongoing, Re Graham Stoten
Re Baby Frank Gamble 2013
GDC v Thamasine Stephenson, 2013 and 2014 6 week GDC hearing, allegations of fraud against 3 practitioners, dentist found not to have been dishonest and sanction of reprimand only given
GMC V Dr Caolin McLaverty 2012
GMC v Dr Tony Steele 2011
GMC v Dr Mark Mellor 2010
GMC v Dr Sonia Val-Carreras 2010
GDC v Steven Bal Sharma 2009 and 2010
GMC v Richard Evans 2008
2005 Represented surgeon charged under “Operation Ore” in respect of downloading child pornography.
IQBAL & ANR v LEEK & ANR Court of Appeal (Civil Division) (Law Society intervening) Case Reference: A2/2016/1422, for hearing 23 February 2017
Webb v Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust Court of Appeal (Civil Division)  EWCA Civ 365;  C.P. Rep. 30;  2 Costs L.R. 411; (2016) 150 B.M.L.R. 42
Michael Richard Cashman V Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust  EWHC 1312 (QB)
Marion Haycock v Heart of England NHS Trust, judgment 26 March 2014, (costs arguments in respect of CPR Part 36 and Part 44.2).
Martin Church Deceased v Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust 2012, High Court Part 8 Claim by Claimant seeking to obtain relief from usual costs consequences of accepting a Part 36 offer out of time.
Walter Hall v Thomas, Hardwick, Rathbone and the Everton Football Club, Manchester District Registry 21 February 2012, costs capping.
Medway Primary Care Trust v Marcus  EWCA Civ 750
Fortune v Roe  EWHC 90180 (Costs) (04 November 2010) ( EWHC 90180 (Costs); From England and Wales High Court (Senior Courts Costs Office) Decisions; 38 KB)
E, R (on the application of) v Governing Body of JFS & Anor (Rev 3)  UKSC 1 (14 October 2009) ( 1 WLR 2353,  UKSC 1,  1 All ER 1; From United Kingdom Supreme Court; 38 KB)
Smith v Havering Hospitals NHS Trust  EWHC 9002 (Costs) (30 May 2003) ( EWHC 9002 (Costs); From England and Wales High Court (Senior Courts Costs Office) Decisions; 19 KB)
Cafane v London Borough of Lambeth  EWHC 90042 (Costs) (09 September 2004) ( EWHC 90042 (Costs); From England and Wales High Court (Senior Courts Costs Office) Decisions; 36 KB)
Cullen & Anor v Chopra  EWHC 90093 (Costs) (21 December 2007) ( EWHC 90093 (Costs); From England and Wales High Court (Senior Courts Costs Office) Decisions; 29 KB)
Arkin v Borchard Lines Ltd & Ors  EWCA Civ 655 (26 May 2005) ( 1 WLR 3055,  2 Lloyd's Rep 187,  3 All ER 613,  4 Costs LR 643,  CP Rep 39,  EWCA Civ 655; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 81 KB)
Arkin v Borchard Lines Ltd  EWHC 2844 (Comm) (27 November 2003) ( EWHC 2844 (Comm),  1 LLR 88,  1 Lloyd's Rep 88,  2 Costs LR 231; From England and Wales High Court (Commercial Court) Decisions; 92 KB)
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