Overview of Practice
Sarah has a broad practice encompassing the spectrum of criminal offences (both prosecuting and defending), but with an emphasis on serious prosecution work: particularly large-scale and complex fraud cases; conspiracies to import, produce and supply controlled drugs; rape and other serious sexual offences; multi-handed violence / weapons offences; and driving offences resulting in death and serious injury. She is particularly adept at the detailed analysis and clear presentation of complex evidence, and is experienced in conducting sensitive cases involving young and otherwise vulnerable witnesses and defendants.
In addition to her CPS work (as a Level 3 advocate, an approved rape prosecutor, and on the specialist fraud and serious crime panels), Sarah is regularly instructed to advise on and prosecute cases for a number of other agencies, including: the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, various local authorities, and the Royal Mail Legal Services Department. She is experienced in the areas of Insolvency Act offences; health and safety, food hygiene, and environmental offences; benefits frauds; Education Act cases; and other offences prosecuted by local authorities. Civil work includes cash forfeiture and condemnation proceedings. Sarah has spent two periods on full-time secondment to the (then) Revenue & Customs Prosecutions Office: conducting a large-scale review of the adequacy of disclosure in a series of drugs, fraud and money laundering cases, which involved predominantly intelligence-led investigations and extensive PII issues.
Sarah’s defence practice equally involves a wide range of serious crime, and she is regularly instructed in cases of particular complexity and sensitivity (including serious dishonesty, drugs, violence, sexual offences, and causing death by dangerous driving). She is experienced in representing young and vulnerable defendants, and in cases involving issues of fitness to plead / stand trial.