Areas of Expertise
Sarah’s family practice is exclusively in private law and public law children work. She regularly appears in complex private law cases (in particular those involving rule 16.4 guardians). Sarah undertakes a full range of public law cases including care, adoption and wardship proceedings. She has experience in cases involving serious and multiple allegations of domestic violence and rape, allegations of child sexual abuse, factitious illness, shaken baby syndrome, non-accidental injury and the death of children.
Sarah has had the opportunity of being led on several occasions and regularly undertakes cases in which she is against leading counsel. Sarah appears in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. She has a broad range of instructing solicitors covering the representation of parents, local authorities and children.
Sarah regularly lectures on a variety of family law topics. Such lectures have been given at chambers’ annual Child Care Conference, in chambers as part of our continued professional development and to solicitors and professionals working in child protection.
Sarah is an approved as a Pupil Supervisor.
Chambers & Partners 2016: “She is excellent. She is able to assimilate complex information very quickly and very clearly.” “She has an extremely courteous and effective court manner, and she is always extremely well prepared.”
Legal 500 2011: “Sarah Pritchard is a popular junior for private and public children work.”
Legal 500 2012: Sarah Pritchard ‘has particular experience in care proceedings’.