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Sarah Harrison

Called 1989

Sarah specialises in probate, trusts and tax work (contentious and non contentious) as well as dealing with professional negligence claims relating to those areas of work. In addition she deals with property and affairs applications in the Court of Protection.

Sarah is the only barrister in the North East recommended by Chambers & Partners in Band 1 for chancery work. She is also ranked in Tier 1 in the Legal 500 and as a National Leader (Outside London) for traditional chancery work in Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide. Sarah is described in the HNWG as “a hugely well respected traditional chancery specialist” who is “head and shoulders above her peers.”

"Extremely bright, tenacious and absolutely formidable. She is technically head and shoulders above other barristers and a ferocious advocate."

Chambers & Partners 2018
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Areas Of Expertise

Areas of Expertise
Probate, Inheritance & Trusts
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Sarah regularly deals with litigation involving 

  • the validity of Wills and trusts
  • the rectification of Wills and trusts
  • claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • applications for the removal of personal representatives and trustees
  • directions applications for or against personal representatives and trustees
  • applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958
  • the construction of Wills and trusts
  • proprietary estoppel claims
  • claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
  • disputes relating to the validity of gifts due to lack of capacity or the exercise of undue influence
  • third party claims against estates and trusts
  • breach of duty claims against and for personal representatives and trustees including the taking of accounts.

Sarah has very extensive experience of mediation and finds that her taxation expertise is particularly useful when advising as to the appropriate structures to be used for the compromise of disputes.

She also has extensive experience in dealing with non contentious probate and trust work of the utmost complexity including

  • advising personal representatives and trustees in relation to the administration of estates or trusts
  • advising on restructuring or termination of Will 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
  • advising in relation to the taxation of Will trusts and settlements
Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Court of Protection
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Sarah is highly experienced at dealing with issues relating to mental capacity. As well as cases in the High Court, she also deals with property & affairs work in the Court of Protection including statutory Will applications, applications for permission to make gifts and contested deputyship applications.

Recommendations
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Chambers and Partners 2021 - Band 1 (Chancery)

"She handles cases fantastically." "She has a massive amount of knowledge, nothing fazes her and there are no points that she hasn't seen before."

Legal 500 2021  - Chancery Probate and Tax (Tier 1)

Sarah is forthright, extremely knowledgeable and articulate. She is good with clients, is able to get to the heart of the matter quickly and efficiently and inspires confidence. She is excellent in cross examination and maintains her composure under pressure.

Chambers and Partners 2020 - Band 1 (Chancery)

Highly regarded chancery practitioner with a strong reputation in the North Eastern Bar. She focuses on contentious probate and disputed trust cases. She also has experience working on professional negligence claims, Court of Protection applications and tax matters.

Strengths: "She is a formidable opponent; she always knows more than you do and she's a very good, technical lawyer." "She is very to the point, pragmatic and effective in cross-examination."

Legal 500 2020  - Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery Law (Tier 2)

Good with clients and has specialist probate knowledge.

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."

 

 

Notable Cases
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Sarah’s most recent reported cases are

  • KKL v Harrison [2020] EWCOP 28 : contested deputyship application between competing professional applicants
  • Re P [2021] WTLR 335 : application to dispense with service of statutory Will application
  • Delaforte v Flood [2021] WTLR 499 : application for financial provision by dependent grand-daughter        
Scholarships/Awards
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Sir Thomas More Bursary

Denning Prize

Lincoln’s Inn Student of the Year

Megarry Landlord and Tenant Prize

Hardwicke Scholarship

Personal Details
Education

Leicester University

Professional Associations

Chancery Bar Association, Northern Chancery Bar Association

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