Sarah is one of the top Licensing barristers in the country. She is Chair of the West Midlands region of the Institute of Licensing. Sarah also specialises in Planning law, with expert experience in all types of development and enforcement cases.

Clients find Sarah approachable and friendly to deal with, but straight talking and tough in action. She is very tactical, and always looks for the most effective route to win a case, to keep down costs. She is a qualified Mediator.

Sarah’s background is in criminal law. This gives her a particular edge in hearings and appeals, especially in cross-examination. She is very experienced, and a formidable advocate.

To find out how Sarah may be able to help you with your case, get in touch – your initial contact is free. Sarah works on a fixed fee basis or hourly rate, according to your preference. Sarah is a Direct Access and Public Access barrister.


  • Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing
  • Planning Development
  • Planning Enforcement
  • Taxi Licensing
  • Waste & Recycling
  • Environmental Law
  • Minerals
  • Noise Nuisance & Abatement
  • Nuisance
  • Scrap Metal
  • Sexual Entertainment Venues
  • Closure
  • Marine Licensing
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Gambling
  • Mediation
  • Footpaths
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Trading Standards
  • Health & Safety
  • Special Education Needs
  • Public Law
  • High Court Proceedings
  • Appeals
  • Judicial Review
  • Animal Licensing

  • Heritage Assets



Licensees; Property Developers; Private Individuals; Local Authorities; Police; Residents; Taxi Drivers & Operators; National Chains; Hoteliers; Consultants.

Sarah is a Direct Access and Public Access barrister.

Sarah belongs to these organisations:

  • Board Member and Chairman of the West Midlands Region of the Institute of Licensing
  • Vice-Chairman of LILAR ( Leaders in Licensing & Regulation)
  • Board Member of Music Venue Trust
  • Board Member of Night Time Industries Association
  • Member of the Town and Country Planning Association
  • Member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association
  • Faculty Member of the London School of Mediation
  • Mentor with The Girls’ Network

Kings Chambers can assist you to put together the most effective legal team for your case, with recommended:

Solicitors; Licensing consultants; Planning consultants; Mediators; Noise consultants; Security consultants; Health & Safety specialists; Mystery Shoppers; ex-Police consultants and more – let us help you build your team.


  • 1991 BA (hons) Jurisprudence, Merton College, Oxford
  • 1992 Master’s Degree LLM,
    University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA
  • Potts Scholar (Ivy League, USA)
  • 1990 Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship
  • 1991 Sir Thomas More Award
  • 1993 Inns of Court Studentship
  • 1993 Kennedy Scholarship


  • Institute of Licensing (Chair, WM Region; Board member)
  • Planning & Environmental Bar Association (PEBA)
  • Civil Mediation Council


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