Sarah has a broad practice in regulatory, administrative and criminal law.
She conducts trials in the County Court and Supreme Court; appeals in the Court of Appeal and disciplinary hearings at VCAT. She acts in commissions of inquiry and in compulsory hearings.
Her experience in criminal trials, dealing with admissibility of evidence and forensic decision making, allows for strategic insight where regulatory contraventions become the subject of criminal charges.
More specifically, Sarah’s experiences covers: criminal cartel offences, foreign bribery, fraud, market manipulation, price fixing, environment protection offences, drug importation, murder and conspiracy. She has been briefed extensively to defend and prosecute charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. She acts for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) including for the Medical Board, Nursing and Midwifery Board and the Veterinary Board, at VCAT. Sarah has appeared regularly at the Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission including for Jetstar, for the Department of Education (DET), for a former Secretary of the DET and as counsel assisting the Commission. She has appeared at compulsory interviews and banning order hearings conducted under the Corporations Act and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act and was briefed in ASIC's investigation into Bank Bill Swap Rate practices.
Sarah has been appointed to conduct investigations within organisations concerning a broad range of allegations such as bullying and of a sexual nature.
She provides written advice to Government Departments and Statutory Authorities.
She is on the Victoria Legal Aid Preferred Trial Counsel List, has an Indictable Crime Certificate, 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, PNG, as part of a program facilitated by the Victorian Bar and AusAid.
Sarah is an elected member of Bar Council, for a third term.
Prior to signing the Bar Roll Sarah was Associate to the Honourable Justice Curtain in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
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