Expertise

Sarah pursues individual and group actions to trial or settlement, acting in major air disasters, and fatal helicopter and light aircraft accidents in the UK, Europe and worldwide. She supports families through official accident investigations and coroner’s inquests (where relevant). She is fluent in French and represented French families in claims following the loss of Air France AF447 in 2009.

Recognition

Ranked in Chambers 2018, clients greatly value Sarah’s ability to provide highly professional support and guidance, while also demonstrating sensitivity during difficult and distressing cases.

Sarah is widely admired for her formidable work ethic and excellent client manner. She is described by Chambers (2017) as “a delight to work with” and “very diligent, dedicated and client-focused”. She has also been described by clients as “dynamic and knowledgeable” as well as “caring and compassionate” and has “great empathy with clients” (Chambers 2013 and 2014).

She has been recommended by The Legal 500 2017 who described her as “exceptional”.

Experience

Sarah was instructed in the landmark case of Rogers v Hoyle [2014] EWCA Civ 257 [2014] 3 WLR 148, [2014] 3 All ER 550, in which the Court of Appeal held that air accident investigation reports produced by the Department of Transport are admissible in civil proceedings.

She also acted in Dusek v StormHarbour [2016] EWCA CIV 604, which established liability on the part of a UK employer for failing to adequately risk assess travel arrangements for its employee travelling abroad for his work.

Sarah is currently acting for families of victims of the Shoreham Airshow disaster as well as families of passengers on board AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which crashed into the sea off the coast of Indonesia on 28 December 2014.

Career

Sarah joined Stewarts in 2002, becoming a partner in 2007. She qualified with Gregory Abrams in Liverpool in 1997 before moving to London where she spent five years in personal injury at Bolt Burdon in Islington.

 

Accreditations and Memberships

Sarah sits on the Air Law Committee at the Royal Aeronautical Society and is a member of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers and the International Aviation Women’s Association.

Publications

Sarah presented as part of the MSc in Aviation Safety at Cranfield University in 2016 and has spoken at several events hosted by the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the European Air Law Association (EALA).

Personal

Sarah enjoys outdoor sports and pursuits including running half marathons, cycle sportives and skiing in the Alps.