Sarah Fairbairn

Year of Call: 2017

Sarah specialises in criminal defence and accepts instructions in related areas

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

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 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


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


  • 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.


Sarah is a specialist criminal practitioner who accepts instructions in all aspects of criminal law.

Sarah has experience defending in a wide range of criminal offences, including cases of serious violence, offences related to the possession and supply of drugs and dishonesty offences including theft and burglary. 

Extradition & International

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

Family, Children & International Family

Sarah has experience in family law, appearing for both applicants and respondents in applications for non-molestation orders. Sarah also has experience of conducting disclosure hearings in relation to police material in the County Court. 

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Sarah accepts instructions in professional discipline and regulation.