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, murder, terrorism, workplace safety breaches, 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 Australian Securities and Investments Commission 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 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 2016 Sarah appeared on behalf of a former Secretary of the Department of Education (DET) in relation to the IBAC's investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct, having appeared as junior counsel for the DET in IBAC's investigations in 2015. In 2014 Sarah was briefed as junior counsel assisting IBAC in its first public hearings into allegations of corrupt conduct at Public Transport Victoria.
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 Sarah has appeared in include: