‘Sally is skilled at getting the best out of vulnerable witnesses, and she can be forthright and robust when required.’Legal 500 2022 Leading Juniors
‘A very good advocate’Legal 500 2021 Leading Juniors
‘Another name to note who focuses on public and private children law, including cases involving parental alienation and domestic abuse’Legal 500 2020 Leading Juniors
‘Fantastic on children matters’Legal 500 2019 Leading Juniors
Sally has a mixed practice in both criminal and family law. Before coming to the bar, Sally had a career in business and as a management consultant. She worked for Price Waterhouse’s Strategic Consulting Group, was a Director of Devon and Cornwall Training and Enterprise Council, and spent many years as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS.
Sally prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court and has experience of a wide range of offences. She has been led junior in prosecutions for murder, Section 18 Assaults against a child and child cruelty. She has prosecuted and defended cases involving serious violent offences, serious sexual offences, fraud and money laundering, drugs offences, dishonesty offences including aggravated robbery and burglary and road traffic offences.
During her previous career, Sally obtained an MBA in Finance and chaired NHS Audit Committees. This financial background enables Sally to easily get to grips with complex financial matters. She is often instructed in fraud cases or those involving complex Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) applications. She was led junior for one of the defendants in a complex charity fraud trial at the Old Bailey, in which she undertook the cross-examination of the prosecution’s expert forensic accountant.
Sally’s ability to understand and analyse complex evidence, combined with her personable and straightforward approach, ensure that her case is always presented comprehensively and accurately in terms that are accessible to a jury, making her a very persuasive advocate.
With a focus on children law, both public and private, Sally represents parents, local authorities and guardians, including rule 16.4 guardians in private law proceedings.
With her advocacy skills honed in the criminal courts, Sally is particularly in demand for fact-finding hearings, where she has represented parents accused of sexual abuse of children, rape, domestic violence and parental alienation. She is at ease forensically cross-examining professionals including medical experts, robustly challenging parents, and appropriately questioning child and other vulnerable witnesses. Her thorough approach to preparing for such hearings means she always has a firm grasp of the evidence and a convincing and compelling basis for her submissions.
In contested family matters, Sally’s pragmatic approach often leads to parents being able to find a solution that works for them and their children. Where this is either impossible or inappropriate, Sally robustly advocates on behalf of her client and regularly succeeds in obtaining a fair outcome for her client and their children.
Sally has a particularly good understanding of mental health and learning disabilities. In her previous career she chaired the Panel of Mental Health Act Managers for Cornwall and is often instructed in cases where there are mental health concerns, both in the criminal and family courts.
Sally is authorised to undertake work in accordance with the Public Access Scheme, which means that members of the public can instruct Sally directly.
Sally is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.