Sarah specialises in medical law, clinical negligence and inquests. She acts for both claimants and defendants in a wide range of clinical specialisms and at inquests on behalf of families and other interested parties, including Trusts. She has particular interest in professional negligence cases against solicitors arising out of clinical negligence litigation. She also undertakes general personal injury work.
Sarah’s experience in disciplinary work has included the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Dental Council and the Health and Care Professions Council. In particular, she has been instructed regularly by the Royal College of Nursing, appearing frequently before all committees of the NMC.
Sarah is ranked as a leading junior in the field of clinical negligence in the Legal 500.
Sarah has dealt with a wide range of clinical negligence cases, acting for both claimants and defendants in relation to a variety of clinical specialisms.
Her cases have included claims arising out of:
Sarah’s most recent reported case is that of Aderounmu v Colvin  EWHC 2293 (QB). This was a trial of the preliminary issue in which the Claimant argued that, due to his lack of capacity, time had not started to run for limitation purposes. Sarah represented the Defendant who successfully argued that the Claimant had not discharged the presumption of capacity.
Sarah was led by Jean Ritchie KC in two-high value claims involving brain-injury at birth and by David Pittaway KC in the case of Nicholson v Health and Social Services Committee of the States of Jersey (an appeal to the Privy Council), another case involving brain injury at birth.
Sarah acted as junior counsel to Martin Spencer KC (now Spencer MJ) in two high-value cases involving brain-injured adults and to Andrew Post KC in a high value case involving a child brain-injury at birth.
Most recently, Sarah has acted in two separate cases in relation to the failure to diagnose and repair injury sustained by mothers during childbirth. In both cases the claimants were high-earning professionals whose significant physical injuries affected their ability to return to work and in turn led to large claims for loss of earnings.
Other cases have involved negligent LASIK eye surgery, negligent urgent heart surgery causing brain damage, negligent treatment of haemochromatosis and a wrongful birth case involving a brain damaged baby.
Sarah has appeared regularly at inquests:
Most recently, in May 2023, Sarah represented an NHS Trust in the Inquest into the death of Aisha Cleary who was born and died overnight in a prison cell at HMP Bronzefield.
Led by Michael Powers KC, acting pro bono for the family of the deceased where the family successfully sought to establish that the deceased had suffered mesothelioma as a result of industrial rather than environmental exposure.
Led by David Pittaway KC in relation to the Kingsway Hospital Derby Inquest, an inquiry into the deaths of 11 elderly patients.
Acting for the daughter of the deceased in a jury inquest arising out of a powerboat accident. Sarah was subsequently instructed in relation to the consequent fatal accident claim, which was settled before trial.
Recent high-profile cases include:
The inquest into the death of Aisha Chitira. Sarah represented one of the nurses involved in the care of the deceased who died having been discharged following an abortion at the Marie Stopes Clinic in Ealing.
The inquest into the death of Amy El Keria who died at the Priory Hospital, Ticehurst, from complications following the tying of a ligature around her neck. Sarah represented Ms El Keria’s treating psychiatrist.
She has also acted for:
Sarah has appeared at the GMC, GDC and HCPC but most frequently before all committees of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She has been instructed regularly by the Royal College of Nursing and has advised and acted for the respondents in over 50 NMC cases involving nurses, independent midwives and health visitors.
Over the last few years she has acted for nurses accused of, inter alia:
In 2008, she fought a successful appeal in the High Court against a decision of the Conduct and Competence Committee of the NMC (Uma James v the Nursing and Midwifery Council  EWHC 365 (Admin)) on grounds of lack of/inadequacy of reasons.
In 2014, she appealed successfully to the High Court against findings of dishonesty by a Conduct and Competence Committee of the NMC (Penny Ann Lavis v Nursing and Midwifery Council (2014) EWHC 4083 (Admin)), which were quashed. The case was remitted back to the NMC for the allegations of dishonesty to be heard by a fresh panel. The panel found the allegations not proved.
Sarah appeared most recently at the GDC where her client, having partially admitted the charges against him, was found to have no impairment to his fitness to practice.
Sarah has wide experience of acting in personal injury cases, for both claimants and defendants. Cases have involved accidents in supermarkets, on public highways and in the course of employment (including, in particular, back injuries sustained by nurses).
Sarah’s practice has covered the liability of a variety of professionals including solicitors, surveyors, architects and a Health and Safety adviser. She is particularly interested in cases arising out of negligently managed clinical negligence or personal injury litigation.
Previous such cases included:
Aderounmu v Colvin  EWHC 2293 (QB)
Aderounmu v Colvin (costs)  EWHC 637 (QB)
Inquest into the death of Aisha Chitira, 1st May 2018, West London Coroner's Court.
Inquest into the death of Amy El-Keria, 1st June 2016, East Sussex Coroner's Court.
Penny Ann Lavis v Nursing and Midwifery Council  EWHC 4083 (Admin)
Uma James v the Nursing and Midwifery Council  EWHC 365 (Admin) Successful appeal on grounds of lack of/inadequacy of reasons
Nicholson v Health and Social Services Committee of the States of Jersey (an appeal to the Privy Council in 2006 which settled pre- hearing) led by David Pittaway KC
R v The Common Professional Examination Board Ex Parte Sally Mealing-Mcleod (Court of Appeal) The Times, May 2nd 2000.
Education: BA Hons (Oxon) English Lang and Literature; Diploma in art history; Diploma in Law; 1994 Harmsworth Scholar, Middle Temple
ADR: Accredited mediator
Committees: Member of the Professional negligence Bar Association.
Personal: Sarah is interested in a wide range of music, particularly classical, and has sung with a number of choirs including the Holst Singers, conducted by Stephen Layton. She also has a particular interest in Art History which gave her the excuse to live in Venice for a year. She enjoys languages and speaks some French and Italian.
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'An impressive and shrewd tactician, Sarah is an excellent senior; she is always meticulously prepared, skilled on her feet and deeply empathetic with clients.' Legal 500, 2024