Sarah Fairbairn

Year of Call: 2017

Sarah specialises in criminal defence and accepts instructions in related areas

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Overview

Sarah is a barrister practising in all areas of criminal law, with a particular focus on criminal defence. She has a busy practice in the Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court and is developing a strong Crown Court practice too.

Sarah also accepts instructions in family law, extradition and international and regulatory work.

Here is what some of those who have worked with Sarah have to say about her:

“Miss Fairbairn seems naturally able from the outset to follow the correct approach with clients and to deliver excellent advice in the most suitable manner to achieve the best possible outcome for them. She has further proven to have a knack for spotting weak areas in the opposition’s case and to be a talented negotiator. Whenever I have the good fortune of instructing Miss Fairbairn, I can be assured of a great result, whatever the circumstances.”

“I was extremely taken by Miss Fairbairn’s excellent Court manner. It was abundantly clear to me that Miss Fairbairn had an excellent grasp of the evidence. Miss Fairbairn is very obviously highly articulate and exceptionally engaging.”

Additional information

Education

  • BPP Law School - BPTC - Outstanding.
  • University of Leeds - Law with Australian Legal Studies (LLB) – 2:1.

Awards

  • BPP Law School Leeds Advanced Criminal Litigation award.
  • BPP Law School Leeds Outstanding Contribution to Pro Bono award. 

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Inner Temple
  • Women in Criminal Law
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum

Asset Recovery, Civil Fraud & Confiscation

Sarah accepts instructions in confiscation matters. She has defended in confiscation hearings in the Crown Court and enforcement proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court.

Crime

Sarah is a specialist criminal practitioner who accepts instructions in all aspects of criminal law, primarily acting for the defence.

Sarah has been instructed in cases in the Crown Court and the Youth Court representing vulnerable defendants and has experience defending in a wide range of criminal offences, including cases of serious violence, possession of bladed articles and offensive weapons, offences related to the possession and supply of drugs and dishonesty offences.

Sarah is regularly instructed in the Magistrates’ Court on a privately funded basis to represent individuals in driving matters and has successfully defended a number of individuals in such matters.

“Sarah was thoroughly prepared for the case and in court was very impressive. Her professionalism apart, Sarah was also very friendly and approachable.”

Feedback from a lay client where, following legal arguments, the prosecution offered no evidence on the day of trial.

Extradition & International

Sarah has been instructed to act on behalf of clients facing extradition to Romania, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Poland.

Family, Children & International Family

Sarah regularly represents Applicants and Respondents in applications for Non-Molestation Orders, Occupation Orders and Child Arrangement Orders.

Sarah is frequently instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service in disclosure hearings, appearing in the High Court and the County Court.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Sarah accepts instructions in professional discipline and regulation.