Sara Lewis QC

Call 1996 | Silk 2021

Introduction

Sara has vast experience in public law at all levels – County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal – acting for parents and guardians. She undertakes cases involving the most serious types of non-accidental injury and is regularly instructed to represent respondent parties in cases where non-accidental head injury is alleged.  Sara has also had considerable experience of acting for those with complex psychiatric issues such as FII. Prior to coming to the Bar, Sara was a neuropsychologist, undertaking both clinical and research work, therefore has particular interest and expertise in matters involving complex medical evidence, mental health issues, problems associated with addiction and cognitive impairment.

Sara is also known for her ability to engage those with complex problems and her commitment to ensuring their rights are properly recognised, indeed she remains committed to representing those who are most vulnerable.

Sara is well respected for the quality of her court performance and her robust advocacy when necessary. She is a dedicated barrister who can be relied upon to proceed in a proactive manner, providing straightforward advice at every stage. Sara endeavours to build a productive working relationship with both lay and professional clients, of particular importance in long running cases. To that end she is available at short notice and out of hours to discuss matters and to provide advice.

Reported Cases

  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council v C: Re S (fact finding)  (2020) EWFC 71
  • Lancashire CC v M,F and C  (2020) EWFC 43
  • Re Y (Fact Finding)  [2018] EWFC B20
  • H (A Child) [2018] EWHC 610 (Fam) (07 March 2018)
  • Cheshire East Borough Council v PN & Ors (Flawed Local Authority Assessments)[2017] EWFC 20 (03 March 2017)
  • Cheshire East Borough Council v PN and Others (Finding of Fact):  [2016] EWFC 61 Lancashire County Council v R [2013] EWHC 3064 (Fam)

Education

M.A (Hons)
CPE – Commendation
BVC
Accredited Mediator

Appointments and Memberships

Sports Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators – Chairpersons List

FLBA

Inner Temple

Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare

Assistant Coroner, Greater Manchester South 2009-2018

Queen’s Counsel – 2021

 

Testimonials

“Very quickly gets to grips with complex medical issues.” Legal 500 2020
"A vigorous advocate in court; clients like her." Legal 500
"Regularly handles care cases where there are concerns over the mental wellbeing of parents." Legal 500
"Singled out for childcare matters." Legal 500
"Sara Lewis commended for childcare work." Legal 500
"An incredibly hard working barrister who strives to do all that she can to put the best interests of her clients forward, no matter how hard the battle may be.  A dedicated barrister who can be relied on for her honest and expert advice." Instructing Solicitor