Sarah joined Clerksroom in September 2014 after successfully completing her pupillage in the Temple, London. She is based in Hertfordshire and happy to travel.
Prior to qualifying as a barrister, Sarah worked as a corporate paralegal at Magic Circle firm Linklaters, where she assisted with high-profile mergers and acquisitions, competition matters and commercial litigation.
Since qualifying, Sarah has built up a great deal of advocacy experience in the County Courts and the High Court which has enabled her to become a confident and passionate advocate.
Areas of law
- Chancery Law
- Commercial Law
- Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
- Travel Law
Sarah has experience in both traditional and commercial chancery law matters, including:
- Real property
- Landlord and tenant
- Intellectual property
She has represented clients in the High Court in both the Chancery Division and the Companies Court in relation to TOLATA, trade mark infringement, orders for sale and the registration of legal charges. Sarah has also successfully defended orders for sale in the County Court.
Sarah has developed a strong practice in the areas of contentious and non-contentious probate and welcomes any enquiry appropriate to her level of experience.
Specialist areas include:
• Inheritance Act claims
• Administration of estates
• Law of succession
• Conflict of laws/private international law
• Trade mark disputes
• Boundary disputes
• TOLATA claims
• Landlord and tenant - possession and disrepair claims
Since qualifying, Sarah has successfully appeared in the County Court in a number of commercial debt claims, particularly in the field of telecommunications and consumer disputes. Her experience has given her an understanding of wider commercial concerns and a familiarity with different types of commercial contracts.
Specialist areas include:
• Consumer law
• Debt recovery
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
Sarah has a thriving personal injury practice with extensive experience in relation to:
- Occupiers’ liability
- Road traffic accidents
- Highway claims
- Employers’ liability
She has been involved in a number of cases relating to the common law duties of tree owners. Sarah is happy to be instructed in fast track or multi-track matters and is experienced in dealing with costs case management hearings.
- Drafting pleadings
- Advising on liability
- Disposal hearings
- Advising on quantum
- Schedules of loss
- CCMC's and Stage 3 oral hearings
Sarah has developed considerable experience in flight delay (EU 261/2004) compensation claims involving major international airlines. She is happy to accept instructions on behalf of both passengers and airlines.
- The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
- South Eastern Circuit
- APIL member
- Bar Professional Training Course, College of Law (Very Competent)
- South Eastern Circuit Civil Advocacy Course 2016, University of Florida
- LLB (Hons) University of East Anglia (2:1)
- Lincoln’s Inn Walter Wigglesworth Scholar
- Malay/Bahasa Indonesia (proficient)
Sarah has an interest in all things to do with aviation and would love to take flying lessons. She has travelled extensively throughout Asia and has a passion for exploring new countries. Sarah acts as a mentor for undergraduate law students who aspire to become barristers. In her spare time, she enjoys running and swimming.
Areas of Law
Sarah Clarke is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:
Very experienced in the areas of:
- Personal Injury
Experienced in the following additional areas:
- Inheritance Act Claims
- Personal Injury
- Land & Property
- Business & Commercial Law
- Credit Hire Specialists
- Road Traffic
- Credit Hire (Defendant Insurance Team)
- Consumer Contracts
Happy to help in the following additional areas:
- Clinical Negligence
- Wills & Probate
- Personal Injury
- Land & Property
- Business & Commercial Law
- Consumer Contracts
Outside of these key areas of law, Sarah Clarke is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Sarah direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.
Fees and Feedback
Details regarding our approach to fees can be found at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=514
Please see “profile” tab for a description of the legal services provided by this barrister.
We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.
Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.
We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost-effective solution for our clients.
If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.
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If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=416
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from my chambers, you can make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. You must contact the Legal Ombudsman either within 6 months following the conclusion of our handling your complaint, within 6 years from the date of the act/omission, or 3 years from the date that you should reasonably have known there were grounds for complaint (if the act/omission took place before the 6 October 2010 or was more than six years ago).
The Legal Ombudsman’s details are as follows:
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
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Debbie Bullough - View LinkedIn Keoghs
I have been asked to provide some feedback on Sarah Clarke, who has assisted us several claims. I find the whole experience working with Sarah to be very professional and 100% commitment to the tasks at hand. She responds promptly to all queries made with her, and goes over and above her instruction. She deals with the clients professionally and in a caring manner, putting them at ease. Sarah is very knowledgeable with regards to the claims I have instructed her on and has obtained fantastic results. Outcome of hearings are reported back to us straightaway and the reports are very detailed and concise. Would not hesitate to instruct Sarah on any future claims. She is a credit to the profession.
Lauren Spinks SSB Law
We instructed Sarah on a Public Liability Multi Track Claim back in early 2018 and she stuck with the matter on a CFA right through to her success at a 2 day trial in Jan 2022 and for this and all the other cases she has been a proven success on, I am happy to offer my recommendation of Sarah to anyone reading this testimony. Throughout this case as a recent example, she provided fantastic assistance and guidance, whether this was in drafting particulars, attending hearings or providing quantum and procedural guidance she put 110% in and I could not be more grateful. Prior to the trial Sarah was in constant communication to make sure the claim was set for trial as best as possible to ensure the highest chances of success for our client and she really took the time to provide a strong, and the only, Skeleton argument filed and even spent an hour each day ahead of the hearing with the claimant and witnesses to put them at ease and bring out their confidence to give clear evidence and these additional efforts really made the difference and had it not been for Sarah and it being in her character to go the extra mile, as she has also done on many other cases that we’ve worked together on, we may not have had as many successful cases and I hope we have more to come!
Karen Gray Alps Legal
I instructed Sarah Clarke initially for an advice on quantum and to prepare a schedule of loss on a personal injury claim, which was allocated to the multitrack. Sarah was extremely thorough and raised a number of queries which needed addressing with the medical experts, before the case could be progressed to settlement . I found Sarah to be prompt, thorough and approachable. It was easy to pick up the phone and discuss general issues in the case and / or problem solving. Sarah continued to be actively involved in the case until a conclusion was reached, and her input included further advice and a conference with the Claimant. The claimant had found the whole experience of litigation distressing and daunting. Sarah put her at ease and gave clear and concise advice. I look forward to instructing Sarah again in the future. Kind regards
Claire Shallcross, Flight Delay Litigation Team Bott & Co Solicitors
Dear (Sarah Clarke), Thank you for the attendance note – the result is brilliant. Kind Regards
Faye Davies Connells Group Legal Services
It is very much appreciated the speed at which Clerksroom and Ms Sarah Clarke provided representation for the hearing the next day. The application was not a straightforward application and although Ms Clarke received the papers mid-morning for the afternoon hearing the result was the desired outcome. Cannot thank Ms Clarke and Clerksroom enough for the service and representation provide for this hearing.
Loretta Lok Access To Justice Foundation
Many thanks (Sarah Clarke) from the Access to Justice Foundation for your pro bono efforts: the funds we receive from pro bono costs will be used to help other vulnerable people to access justice.
Nicola Moorcraft Harding Evans
Sarah Clarke did a really great job on this case for me. (Application for Order for Sale)