Sarah Barber

Barrister

Date of Call: 2018

BSB Number: 71365

sarahbarber@no18chambers.com

Sarah was called to the Bar in 2018 after obtaining a ‘Very Competent’ grade on the BPTC.

Sarah joined chambers in 2020 after the successful completion of pupillage within chambers.

Prior to pupillage, Sarah provided assistance to solicitors in child law matters, working as a Paralegal for a Local Authority and then for a local firm of solicitors, specialising in child care law. Sarah has also held voluntary positions with both the National Centre for Domestic Violence and the Witness Service in the Magistrates’ Court.

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Expertise

Family: Care & Children

Contact and Residence disputes under the Children Act 1989

Sarah regularly represents Applicants, Respondents and intervenors in private family law matters, including applications for Child Arrangements Orders (Live With and Spend Time With), Prohibited Steps Orders and Specific Issue Orders. On a number of occasions Sarah has assisted parties in coming to agreements on the terms of final orders and on others has successfully obtained orders for clients at a contested final hearing. Sarah has dealt with a variety of disputes involving complicated factual matters that have required separate finding of fact hearings, and the involvement of the local authority and/or Children’s Guardians.


Public Law / Care and Adoption Proceedings

Sarah accepts instructions from all parties to care proceedings and regularly represents parents, Local Authorities, and extended family members in applications for Care, Supervision and Special Guardianship Orders. Sarah has represented clients on short notice for urgent Interim Care Order hearings, and is able to assist at any stage of proceedings, up to and including Final Hearings. Prior to joining chambers, Sarah had a wealth of experience in this area of law, having regularly represented clients at pre-proceedings (PLO) meetings with Children’s Services across Hampshire, Surrey and Wiltshire. During pupillage and since accepting tenancy, Sarah has become experienced at dealing with contested interim/final hearings, and has successfully opposed the making of Secure Accommodation Orders and Care Orders on behalf of parents.


Domestic violence & injunctions

Sarah has experience in acting for both Applicants and Respondents in matters under the Family Law Act, successfully obtaining Occupation and Non-Molestation Orders for vulnerable applicants. Sarah offers advice to clients facing these proceedings and has on many occasions managed to successfully negotiate with parties to resolve proceedings at return or final hearings. Prior to joining chambers, Sarah volunteered as a McKenzie Friend with the National Centre for Domestic Violence, preparing witness statements for use in ex-parte applications. Sarah can therefore also assist with the drafting of applications.


Family: Finance

Sarah has had significant exposure to matrimonial and financial work during her pupillage and is able to take instructions from Applicants and Respondents in financial remedy proceedings on divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership. Since joining chambers as a tenant, Sarah has continued to accept instructions in family finance matters, and has assisted parties to negotiate settlements on matters including a transfer of tenancy and pension sharing orders.


Employment & Discrimination

Sarah has undertaken a significant amount of pro bono work during her pupillage and this has encompassed a number of Employment Law advices and instances of representation for vulnerable lay clients. Sarah has advised on constructive and unfair dismissal, harassment, disability and other discrimination, time limits and remedy. Sarah continues to accept instructions in this area of law.


Chancery and Commercial

Sarah acts for both Claimants and Defendants in Small Claims and Fast Track trials, primarily dealing with road traffic accidents and claims for damages and personal injury arising from the same. Sarah continues of accept instructions in this area of law.


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Qualifications

  • 2:1 Undergraduate Law Degree from University of Southampton
  • Very Competent BPTC

Awards

  • Lincoln’s Inn Cassell Scholar (2017-18)
  • University of Southampton Academic Scholarship (2013-16)

Personal Info

Sarah enjoys keeping fit and goes kickboxing on a regular basis. She also enjoys watching women’s football and travelling abroad.

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