Sarah has a multidisciplinary practice in public, regulatory, and criminal law.
Her experience in criminal trials dealing with admissibility of evidence and forensic decision making allows for strategic insight where alleged regulatory contraventions become the subject of criminal charges.
She appears in trials in the Federal Court, Supreme Court and County Court, judicial review proceedings and appeals in the Victorian Court of Appeal and regulatory proceedings at VCAT. She also acts in commissions of inquiry and compulsory hearings.
Sarah’s experience covers alleged cartel offences involving bid rigging and attempt to induce price fixing, contrary to the Competition and Consumer Act, 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 has been engaged to act in disciplinary proceedings brought by the Medical Board of Australia, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, Psychology Board of Australia and the Veterinary Board of Victoria. 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 pursuant to 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 7 investigations (5 as sole investigator) within organisations concerning a broad range of allegations including 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 a recommended Criminal Law Junior Counsel in Victoria in Doyles Guide, in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. She is a recommended Workplace Health & Safety Law Junior Counsel in Victoria in 2021.
Prior to signing the Bar Roll Sarah was Associate to the Honourable Justice Curtain in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
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