Sarah's practise involves regulatory and criminal law matters.
She has experience in cases involving allegations of: murder, fraud, foreign bribery, market manipulation, criminal cartel offences, workplace safety breaches, professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct, conspiracy, drug importation, terrorism, bullying and sexual offending.
Sarah has been briefed extensively to defend and prosecute charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. She has acted for AHPRA including for the Medical Board, Nursing and Midwifery Board and the Veterinary Board. She has extensive experience in relation to commissions of inquiry, acting for individuals and organisations. In 2017 she was briefed to act for Jetsar. In 2016 Sarah appeared for a former Secretary of the Department of Education (DET) in an inquiry by the Independent Broad Based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) into allegations of corrupt conduct at the DET. In 2015 she appeared as junior counsel for the DET in a seperate inquiry by IBAC into allegations of corrupt conduct. In 2014 Sarah was briefed as junior counsel assisting IBAC in its first public hearings into allegations of corrupt conduct at PTV.
Sarah is regularly briefed to conduct investigations within organisations including in relation to allegations of bullying and of a sexual nature. Sarah is particularly interested in the interaction between criminal law and corporate governance and regulatory contraventions. She provides advice in relation to ASIC litigation, including strategies for compulsory interviews under s19 ASIC Act 2001 and Banning Order hearings under s920A Corporations Act 2001. She was briefed in relation to ASIC's investigation into Bank Bill Swap Rate practices.
Sarah has provided advice to Government Departments and Statutory Authorities. She is on the Victoria Legal Aid Preferred Trial Counsel List and has been granted an Indictable Crime Certificate.
Sarah is an accredited advocacy coach and teaches at the Victorian Bar Readers Course. She has also taught advocacy on a number of occasions at the Legal Training Institute, Papua New Guinea, as part of a program facilitated by the Victorian Bar and AusAid.
Prior to signing the Bar Roll Sarah was Associate to the Honourable Justice Curtain in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Some of Sarah's cases include: