Sarah's practice involves regulatory and criminal law matters, including under the Crimes Act, Corporations Act, ASIC Act and Occupational Health & Safety Act.
She has experience in cases involving allegations of: fraud, foreign bribery, contraventions of Directors' duties, market manipulation, market rigging, conspiracy, drug importation, murder, terrorism, workplace safety breaches, bullying, assault and sexual offending.
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 has been briefed in relation to ASIC's investigation into Bank Bill Swap Rate practices.
Sarah has extensive experience in relation to commissions of inquiry. In 2017 she was briefed to act for Jetstar. 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 Public Transport Victoria.
Sarah has provided advice to Government Departments, Statutory Authorities and in relation to Commissions of Inquiry and Parliamentary Inquiries.
Sarah appears in all jurisdictions including the County Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
In 2011 Sarah was one of 12 barristers selected from members of the Criminal Bar to participate in the inaugural Trial Counsel Development Program, an initiative of Victoria Legal Aid.
Sarah 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 advocacy to members of the profession and 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 the more signficant cases that Sarah has acted in include: