Sara Chalk

Barrister

Date of Call: 2018

What others say

“Sara’s broad range of experience puts her n a unique position of being able to tackle issues from a range of angles. She is an excellent advocate who identifies with the needs of her clients and always goes the extra mile for them”
Jennie Swaby – Eric Robinsons
‘An outstanding advocate, who quickly identifies the core issues. Easily gets to grip with complex arguments. A brilliant advocate who goes above and beyond for clients.’
Samantha Jeanes – Abels Solicitors
Sara is a meticulously prepared advocate. She has a knack of identifying the key areas of focus in case and exploring with witnesses those points to further her client’s case. She has commendable client care skills, immediately putting clients at ease with her personable and warm manner.
Sarra Gravestock - Biscoe’s
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Sara transferred to the Bar in 2018 from her role as a Legal Executive Advocate working in private practice. Before being called to the Bar, Sara worked in private practice for 10 years dealing with a range of matters including conveyancing, wills and probate, crime and family matters. In addition to working in private practice, Sara has worked in-house for a Local Authority undertaking litigation and advocacy relating to public law children matters. Sara has spent the last 8 years specialising in family matters which is something she really enjoys and this is the key focus of her practice. Sara is well known on the Western Circuit. Sara has extensive experience of dealing with vulnerable clients and is known for her conscientiousness, empathy and work ethic.

Expertise

Family: Care & Children

Contact and Residence disputes under the Children Act 1989

Sara has represented parents and Children’s Guardians in cases relating to issues of contact and residence disputes including cases where there have been allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Sara has represented Applicants and Respondents in cases involving applications for Child Arrangements Orders, Specific Issues Orders and Prohibited Steps Orders. Sara understands the sensitivity of these matters and has dealt with cases where one or more party has become implacably hostile. Sara works to achieve a fair and workable resolution keeping the child’s best interests at the forefront of the case.


Domestic violence & injunctions

Sara has represented both Applicants and Respondents on matters concerning applications for injunctive orders, non-molestation and Occupation orders. Sara has experience of dealing with cases involving allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.


Public Law / Care and Adoption Proceedings

In her role in private practice, Sara gained knowledge and experience of representing parents, family members (including intervenors), the Local Authority and Children’s Guardian in public law children matters from the pre-proceedings phase right through to final hearing. Sara has particular experience of dealing with parents with learning difficulties. Sara has represented parties in the following matters:

  • Emergency contested applications where a Local Authority seeks the removal of a child – Emergency Protection and Interim Care Orders.
  • Placement Order and Adoption Proceedings.
  • Applications under s34(4) s38(6) Children Act 1989.
  • Cases concerning domestic violence where sexual, physical or emotional abuse is alleged.
  • Cases including allegations of non-accidental injuries including infant death
  • Cases concerning alleged neglect including chronic neglect
  • Cases concerning vulnerable parents or children including those with Special Educational Needs, cognitive impairment or capacity issues
  • Cases where drug and alcohol abuse or mental health concerns are a significant issue including matters before the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC)
  • Special Guardianship and Wardship applications.
  • Recovery Orders
  • Secure Accommodation Orders.

Sara continues to accept instructions from all parties involved in public law care proceedings.


Qualifications

  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives  - LEVEL 3 & 6 Certificate & Professional Diploma in Law and Practice 
  • CILEX Family Proceedings Advocacy Skills Course – Extended Rights of Audience 

Membership

  • Lincolns Inn