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, with a particular focus on criminal defence. She has developed a busy Crown Court practice, spanning a wide range of offences.

Sarah also accepts instructions in family 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

Family, Children & International Family + View All Specialist Areas

Sarah regularly represents Applicants and Respondents in applications for Non-Molestation Orders, Occupation Orders and Child Arrangement Orders. Sarah understands the benefits of continuity and prides herself in representing clients from the first hearing through to the conclusion of their case.

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

Cases of Note


R v R – 2020 – St Albans Crown Court

Instructed to represent R, charged with aggravated burglary and wounding with intent.

R v P – 2020 – Huntingdon Crown Court

Defended a man of good character, charged with ABH and 2 batteries against his wife, successfully arguing self-defence.

R v B – 2019 – Kingston Crown Court

Successful defence of a man charged with assaulting a police officer and a racially aggravated public order offence against an Uber driver, both of which were captured on CCTV.