Sarah is a commercial barrister with a broad practice spanning all areas of Chambers’ work.

Before coming to 3VB, Sarah practised as an employed barrister at a commercial litigation boutique.

Current and recent instructions include:

  • Advising in respect of a potential multi-million claim under s.90A FSMA (with Andrew Onslow QC and Peter de Verneuil Smith).
  • Assisting with the independent third-party review of RBS GRG complaints (overseen by Sir William Blackburn).
  • Ryanair D.A.C. v Hertz Europe Limited: complex commercial dispute, listed as a “Top 20” case of 2018 by The Lawyer (led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC and Anne Jeavons).

Previous Experience 

Sarah has experience (both led and as sole advocate) of interlocutory matters, trials and appeals including in the County Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal and the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice. She has acted in a number of high profile cases, including:

BAT Industries (Plc) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2017] UKFTT 558: challenge to the legality of Part 8C Corporation Tax Act 2010 (as part of a team led by Graham Aaronson QC).

Laiki v Hellenic Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/16): a €2 billion claim against Greece under the Cyprus-Greece bilateral investment treaty (as part of a team led by Tom Beazley QC).

Rosneft litigation: Russian oil company’s challenge to the validity of EU sanctions, one of The Lawyer’s “Top 20” cases of 2015 (led by Pushpinder Saini QC): R (OJSC Rosneft) v HM Treasury and Others [2014] EWHC 4002 (Admin) (application for interim relief); R (OJSC Rosneft) v HM Treasury and Others [2015] EWHC 248 (Admin) (application for judicial review); and Case C-72/15, Rosneft v Secretary of State and Others (hearing before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice).

Yanukovich v Interpol: Application to challenge Interpol’s legal immunity from suit on ECHR grounds before the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Lyon (with Tom Beazley QC and French counsel).

AB International (UK Holdings) [2015] EWHC 2196: Application for urgent interim relief under s.44 Arbitration Act (led by Steven Gee QC).

BA (Hons) in Law with French Law (Exeter College, Oxford) – First Class

Licence 3 en droit public et droit européen (Paris II, Panthéon Assas)

BPTC (BPP, London) – Outstanding

BCL (University College, Oxford) – Distinction

Lord Denning Scholarship, Harwicke Entrance Award and Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)

Tobias Law Prize (Exeter College, Oxford)


Bar Pro Bono Unit

French (working knowledge)