- Year of Call
- Devil Masters
- Lesley Irvine
- Lili Prais
- Wendy Hay
- Kate Bennett
Contactsarahloosemore@amadvocates.co.uk 0131 260 5824 (Practice Manager)
Sarah called to the Scottish bar in 2022, having called to the bar in Ontario, Canada in 2003. Her principal areas of experience and interest are criminal law, public law, and personal injury, including clinical negligence.
Since calling to the Scottish bar, Sarah has appeared regularly in the High Court and the Court of Session, as well as the Sheriff Court and Sheriff Appeal Court on a variety of civil and criminal matters.
In her civil practice Sarah has been instructed in a variety of personal injury claims including historic child abuse claims and clinical negligence claims for both pursuers and defenders. She has also gained experience in judicial reviews in the areas of education law and prison law. She is currently instructed as junior counsel to a core participant in the Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry.
In her criminal practice Sarah has been instructed in criminal trials, sentence and conviction appeals, as well as extradition hearings and appeals. She has also appeared as an ad hoc AD in trials and appeals against sentence. She was instructed as junior counsel to the Respondent in Lord Advocate’s Reference No. 1 of 2023.
Sarah spent 15 years practicing as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada in criminal, regulatory, and public law. She has a wealth of experience in written and oral advocacy and appeared for many years as both junior and sole counsel in the superior and appellate courts in Ontario. To qualify in Scotland Sarah completed the Faculty’s examinations in Scots law. She brings together her many years of experience and perspective from Canada with her more recent study and practice experience in Scotland.
Education & Professional Career to Date
Paralegal, Clyde & Co (Healthcare Team), 2019, 2021
Assistant Crown Attorney, Guns & Gangs Initiative, Toronto, 2016-2017
Assistant Crown Attorney, North York Crown’s Office, 2012-2016
Crown Counsel, Ontario Ministry of Labour, 2008-2012
Criminal defence solicitor and barrister, Toronto, 2003-2008
Juris Doctor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto 2002
Bachelor of Education, Queen’s University, Canada 1999
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, First Class Honours, Queen’s University, Canada 1998
Adam Osipczuk v Lord Advocate (on behalf of the Republic of Poland)  HCJAC 37
Extradition appeal relating to passage of time bar
AH v Lord Advocate (for the Government of the Republic of Poland)  HCJAC 36
Extradition appeal relating to forum bar, passage of time bar and Article 8 of the ECHR
Reference by His Majesty’s Advocate against CLB  HCJAC 40
Instructed as junior counsel to the Respondent in 7-bench Lord Advocate’s reference relating to the use of distress as corroboration
Application for disclosure of informant’s identity under the “innocence at stake” exception to informer privilege
Appeal from sexual assault conviction based on assessment of the complainer’s credibility
Availability of costs against a tribunal in a judicial review procedure
Ontario (Ministry of Labour) v. Sheehan's Truck Centre Inc., 2011 ONCA 645 (Ontario Court of Appeal)
Statutory interpretation of health and safety legislation in a conviction appeal
Areas of Practice
Publications & Seminars
“The Use of Prior Statements”, Advocacy Focused Seminars – Advanced Level for the Law Society of Scotland, 1 June 2023
Expert Evidence: the judicial role post - Kennedy v Cordia, Better the Devil You Know CPD Seminar, 15 June 2022