Sarah has expertise in criminal law and regulatory cases.
She is particularly interested in the resolution of complex evidentiary and legal issues as part of an overall litigation strategy.
Sarah appears in criminal trials in the Supreme Court, Federal Court and County Court. She has experience in cases involving allegtions of murder, conspiracy, anti-competitive conduct, Occupational Health and Safety Act breaches, drug importation and sexual assault.
Recently, Sarah appeared in the first criminal trial in the Federal Court involving allegations of criminal cartel offences; attempt to induce price fixing and bid rigging.
Sarah also appears in criminal appeals, judicial review proceedings and professional conduct matters on behalf of the Medical Board, Nursing and Midwifery Board and Psychology Board of Australia. She frequently appears at IBAC and at other compulsory hearings. She has been engaged to conduct 7 substantial investigations (5 unled) within organisations concerning conflicts of interest, bullying and sexual misconduct.
She provides written advice to Government Departments and Statutory Authorities.
Sarah is on the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List; has an Indictable Crime Certificate and teaches at the Victorian Bar Readers Course. She has also taught advocacy on a number of occasions on behalf of the Victorian Bar at the Legal Training Institute, PNG.
Sarah was recommended as a Criminal Law Junior Counsel in Victoria in Doyles Guide in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and Workplace Health & Safety Law Junior Counsel in 2021 and 2022.
Prior to signing the Bar Roll Sarah was Associate to the Honourable Justice Curtain in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
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