Sarah practices in commercial law and public law. She has a strong track record acting for government departments, public bodies and regulators in public law litigation having worked as a solicitor for the United Kingdom and Australian governments since her admission to practice in 2013.
Her particular experience lies in environment, infrastructure and planning matters from her time at the UK Government Legal Department and secondment at the Australian Government Department for the Environment. She is also well versed in constitutional and administrative law litigation and advising Commonwealth agencies on administrative law and regulatory matters from her time at the Australian Government Solicitor and secondments to the Australian Attorney-General’s Department.
Sarah has a significant background in international law. She has advised the UK Department for International Trade on investment arbitration, World Trade Organisation disputes and Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Sarah represented the United Kingdom at the UNCITRAL Working Group on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (2017-2019). While at the Australian Government Solicitor, she advised on international arbitration proceedings and various international law matters.
Previously, Sarah was Associate to the Hon. Justice Geoffrey Nettle AC of the High Court of Australia. Following this, she was a Pegasus Trust Scholar at London commercial barristers’ chambers Essex Court Chambers, Erskine Chambers and 3 Hare Court.
Since 2013, Sarah has provided pro bono legal advice through a range of organisations including Canberra Community Law and the South Westminster Legal Advice Clinic.
Sarah’s experience as a solicitor includes:
> Acting for the Commonwealth in constitutional litigation in the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia (eg Kuczborski v Queensland  HCA 46; 254 CLR 51 and Williams v The Commonwealth [No 2]  HCA 23; 252 CLR 416).
> Advising Australian Government agencies on a range of administrative law, statutory interpretation, financial and regulatory matters.
> Acting for a UK Energy Regulator on numerous high value energy, renewables and climate change judicial review and statutory appeals brought by companies and consumers (eg R (Havant Biogas Limited and ors) v Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem)  EWHC 84 (Admin).
> Acting for the UK Secretary of State for Housing, Community and Local Government in a judicial review of a high-profile planning application (R (London Historic Parks And Gardens Trust) v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government  EWHC 2580 (Admin)).
> Acting for the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in a range of complex judicial review proceedings including concerning fisheries and agriculture (eg R (Waterdance Ltd) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, settled before trial).
> Acting for the UK Disclosure and Barring Service in a significant judicial review application concerning access to information (R (SXM) v Disclosure and Barring Service  EWHC 624 (Admin)).
> Acting for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Australia in international arbitration proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules and World Trade Organisation dispute settlement (eg Sancheti v United Kingdom, UNICTRAL and Philip Morris Asia Limited v Commonwealth of Australia, UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2012-12).
2017-2018 Editor, Cambridge Journal of International Law
2014-2016 Committee, Women Lawyers Association of the ACT
2017-2021 Solicitor, UK Government Legal Department, London
2017 Pegasus Trust Scholar, Essex Court Chambers, Erskine Chambers, 3 Hare Court, London
2015-2016 Associate, Hon Justice Geoffrey Nettle AC, High Court of Australia
2013-2016 Solicitor, Australian Government Solicitor, Canberra
2011-2012 Law Clerk, Allens Linklaters Melbourne, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Hong Kong, King and Wood Mallesons Hong Kong, Australian Attorney-General’s Department Office of International Law Canberra
2017 Master of Laws (Class 1), University of Cambridge
2012 Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1), Monash University
2011 LLB Study Abroad, University of Hong Kong
2009 BA Study Abroad, University of California Berkeley
2017 Pegasus Trust Scholar, Inns of Court, London
2016 – 2017 Cambridge Australia Scholarship, Cambridge Trust
2017 Corpus Christi College Cambridge Law Prize
2015 Australian Government Solicitor Australia Day Award
2013 Sir John Monash Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Law, Monash University
2012 Rotary Young Achiever Award, Rotary Club of Melbourne
2011 Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, Australian Government