Sarah Barber

Barrister

Date of Call: 2018

  • Barrister profile

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.

Expertise

Family: Care & Children

During Pupillage Sarah has regularly represented Applicants and Respondents in private family law matters in 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.


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. Prior to joining chambers, Sarah volunteered 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.


Public Law / Care and Adoption Proceedings

Sarah accepts instructions from all parties to care proceedings. 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, Sarah gained further experience dealing with contested interim placement hearings and Interim Care Order applications, and has successfully opposed the making of Secure Accommodation Orders on behalf of a parent. Sarah is also able to assist extended family members in applying for special guardianship.


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.


Chancery and Commercial

During pupillage, Sarah has acted 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.


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.


No 18 Resolution

Remote: Private Dispute Resolution (Children Disputes)


Remote Dispute Resolution Suite: Round Table Meetings/Joint Settlement Conferences (Employment & Civil Matters)


Merits, Advice, Drafting And Support Package:


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.