Sarah has a notable specialist costs practice. Her experience covers complicated points of law, test points, Part 36, wasted costs cases (both sides), CFA compliance and success fees, claims against third party funders, costs budgeting and 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.  In 2016 she was instructed on behalf of the Law Society in its intervention in the leap frogged appeal of J C and A in which the Court interpreted the fixed costs provisions in the Pre-action protocol for low value personal injury claims in road traffic accidents. Sarah’s 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.

Sarah also sits as a deputy costs judge in the Senior Court Costs Office.

“A very receptive barrister who likes to get heavily involved in a case. The guidance she offers is always very well received.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)

“She is very competent” and “judges like her.” (Chambers & Partners 2019)

“Approachable and easy to work with. Recommended for wasted costs cases.’” (Legal 500 2018)

“Very professional, approachable and accessible.”  (Chambers & Partners 2018)

A pleasure to work with.” (Legal 500 2017)

“She gets to the root of the case very quickly and is excellent on her feet. She knows how to read a judge and take the points which need to be taken.” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

Selected Cases

  • JC & A Solicitors Ltd v (1) Andeen Iqbal (2) EUI Ltd: JC & A Solicitors Ltd v (1) Lucas Lonsdale Smith (2) EUI Ltd: JC & A Solicitors Ltd v (1) Holly Pitts (2) EUI Ltd (2017) EWCA Civ 355.
  • Webb v Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust Court of Appeal (Civil Division) [2016] EWCA Civ 365; [2016] C.P. Rep. 30; [2016] 2 Costs L.R. 411; (2016) 150 B.M.L.R. 42
  • Michael Richard Cashman v Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 1312 (QB)
  • Marion Haycock v Heart of England NHS Trust (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 & Everton Football Club, Manchester District Registry 21 (2012).
  • Medway Primary Care Trust v Marcus [2011] EWCA Civ 750.
  • Fortune v Roe [2010] EWHC 90180.
  • E, R (on the application of) v Governing Body of JFS & Anor (Rev 3) [2009] UKSC 1.
  • Cullen & Anor v Chopra [2007] EWHC 90093.
  • Arkin v Borchard Lines Ltd & Ors [2005] EWCA Civ 655.
  • Cafane v London Borough of Lambeth [2004] EWHC 90042.
  • Smith v Havering Hospitals NHS Trust [2003] EWHC 9002.
  • Arkin v Borchard Lines Ltd [2003] EWHC 2844 (Comm).
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