Sarah is based in our London office and is a member of our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. She undertakes both commercial litigation and contentious insolvency work as well as running a successful agency practice, acting for other law firms and in house legal teams, in relation to all stages of court processes and representation, including acting as UK agent in Privy Council cases.
Main areas of practice
Sarah’s commercial litigation work mainly involves assisting her clients in settling a wide range of disputes either through the courts or through mediation or negotiated settlement. Her insolvency work centres on asset recovery actions, where the firm acts for insolvency practitioners, bringing claims for the benefit of the insolvent estate (such as claims to set aside preferences and transactions at an undervalue or defrauding creditors or applications for possession and sale).
She also advises on technical and procedural issues regarding the Insolvency Act and Rules and in connection with applications brought under those provisions concerning the exercise of an office holder, powers and functions.
Sarah’s clients include companies and organisations, insolvency practitioners and also other law firms and in house legal teams in the UK and abroad in relation to the agency work.
- Civil Procedure Rules, Supreme Court and Privy Council Rules and Court Procedures: Sarah is recognised for her knowledge of the courts and legal procedures, together with her experience, this means that Sarah can assist with a wide variety of procedural issues, for example: obtaining urgent worldwide freezing injunctions, orders for service by alternative methods, orders for service out of the jurisdiction, the enforcement of various UK judgments and orders within the UK and abroad and the registration and enforcement of foreign judgments and orders in the UK.
- Agency: As mentioned, Sarah heads up the firm’s agency unit, which act for clients and other law firms, and in house legal teams across the country and abroad in relation to actions in the Supreme Court, the Royal Courts of Justice and other London County Courts. The work undertaken by the agency unit includes the issuing of proceedings, fixing of hearings and advocacy before Masters and Registrars in the High Court and District and Circuit Judges (in Chambers) in the County Courts. Sarah has delivered talks on the new CE-File System currently in operation in the High Court, Business and Property Courts and the Queen’s Bench Division. The agency unit is also registered as an agent on the CE-File System.
- Advocacy: Member of Blake Morgan’s (formerly Lapthorn’s) Advocacy Unit.
Sarah joined Blake Lapthorn, now Blake Morgan, in 2005 and qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2011.
General disputes: Sarah also has experience in dealing with a range of Property Litigation cases.