- Year of Call
- Devil Masters
- Lesley Irvine
- Lili Prais
- Wendy Hay
- Kate Bennett
Sarah called to the Scottish bar in 2022, having practised as a solicitor and barrister in Canada from 2003 to 2017. Her principal areas of experience and interest are criminal law, public law, and reparation.
Sarah has 15 years of court experience and has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of written and oral advocacy at the first instance and appellate levels. She has appeared regularly as sole counsel and has also assisted senior counsel in complex and demanding cases for matters in the most senior courts of Ontario.
On moving to Scotland she transferred her existing skills to the field of reparation in Scots law, working on medical negligence and historic child abuse claims, as well as public inquiry work, with a litigation firm in Edinburgh.
Sarah continues to maintain interests across a wide range of criminal and civil practice areas. Her particular focus is on cases that deal with the intersection of the two, for example, claims related to historic child abuse, human rights in the prison context and extradition.
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
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