Leeds 0113 228 5000
Newcastle 0191 221 2121
Called 1989 Email Sarah
Sarah specialises in probate, trusts and associated tax issues as well as dealing with professional negligence relating to those areas of work. She deals with contentious and non-contentious work at all levels of complexity.
Sarah is the only barrister recommended in Band 1 for Chancery work in the North East.
“Extremely bright, tenacious and absolutely formidable. She is technically head and shoulders above other barristers and a ferocious advocate”Chambers & Partners 2018
Sarah is experienced in dealing with property and affairs applications to the Court of Protection including applications for statutory Wills, permission to make gifts and deputyship applications.
In addition she deals with issues relating to mental incapacity in the Business and Property Courts concerning the validity of Wills, trusts and gifts.
Sarah specialises in probate, trusts and associated tax work. This includes both contentious and non-contentious work.
Her contentious work includes:
Disputes as to the validity of Wills and Trusts
Rectification of Wills and Trusts
Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
Removal of personal representatives and trustees
Directions applications for personal representatives and trustees
Applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958
Construction of Wills and Trusts
Proprietary estoppel claims
Court of Protection finance and property applications
Undue influence and capacity claims
Third party claims against estates and trusts
Professional negligence claims concerning contentious and non-contentious probate and trust work
Breach of duty claims relating to personal representatives and trustees including the taking of accounts
Her non-contentious work includes:
Advising personal representatives and trustees on the administration of estates and trusts
Advising on restructuring or termination of Wills, trusts and settlements
Advising personal representatives and trustees on their powers, duties and costs risks
Drafting Wills, Trusts, Deeds of Variation, Deeds of Appointment and Advancement and trustee indemnities
Recent examples of her work include
Drafting a trust of the profits of an investment platform
Challenging the recovery of fees of an heir hunting company
Variation of Trust application in relation to Bahamanian trusts
Dealing with claims for rectification of a series of family settlements
Defending a claim for misrepresentation in relation to a compromise of trust litigation
Advising on availability of BPR in relation to the sale of trust shareholding for £17 million
Advising on the availability of BPR on a mixed use caravan park
Chambers & Partners 2019
"Her advice is always thorough, very well considered, and complete. She never sits on the fence and always gives an actual opinion. She is very easy to work with and approachable." "She really quickly gets to crux of the matter, considers things you wouldn't have necessarily thought of and has a really wide-ranging knowledge of the area. She is really good to get along with and has a good sense of humour."
Legal 500 2018/2019
"An expert in contentious probate cases."
Chambers & Partners 2018
"Extremely bright, tenacious and absolutely formidable. She is technically head and shoulders above other barristers and a ferocious advocate."
Legal 500 2017
"Extremely bright, ferocious, and very good on the details."
Sir Thomas More Bursary, Denning Prize, Lincoln’s Inn Student of the Year, Megarry Landlord and Tenant Prize, Hardwicke Scholarship
Chancery Bar Association, Northern Chancery Bar Association