Year of Call: 2006
MA (cantab), Law/Modern Languages, King's College, Cambridge
M.Phil, Criminology, King's College, Cambridge
LL.M, Human Rights Law, McGill University, Montreal
Ph.D (thesis exploring criminal defences, mental health and gender), King's College, Cambridge
STEP Certificate in Trusts and Estates (December 2012)
Commonwealth Scholar, 2002 - 2003
AHRC award for Ph.D research
Isaac Newton Bursary for research in social science/humanities
Inner Temple Exhibition
Sally has experience in all areas of family law as well as related civil matters.
Sally is recommended in Chambers UK 2013 as 'a rising star of the Family Bar, who has experience in matrimonial finance and private and public children law'.
Sally has considerable experience of public and private law children work. In public law children cases, Sally has acted for local authorities, parents and children in all levels of court.
Sally's financial relief practice encompasses all aspects of matrimonial finance and cohabitation disputes including Schedule 1, Children Act claims. She holds the STEP Certificate in Trusts and Estates.
Sally has a particular interest in judicial review proceedings. Her book on Part III, Children Act, 'The Children Act 1989: Local Authority Support for Children and Families' was published by Jordan Publishing in June 2011.
She regularly advises and represents claimants and local authorities in judicial review claims relating to the Children Act, education, homelessness and community care. Many of her cases settle before they reach a substantive hearing. She has a particular knowledge of the duties of local authorities under s.17 and s.20, Children Act 1989, the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000, fostering / special guardianship payments and the duties owed to looked after children.
Sally has undertaken cases in the Court of Protection and work which falls under the Mental Health Act 1983.
Specialist Practice Areas:
Children (public and private law)
Ancillary Relief and Cohabitation disputes
R(O) v East Riding of Yorkshire Council  EWCA Civ 196,  3 All ER 137,  2 FLR 208,  1 FCR 453, (2011) 14 CCLR 256, The Times, 8 March 2011
Re H (a child)  EWCA Civ 72
LB v London Borough of Merton and Another  EWCA Civ 476
The Children Act 1989: Local Authority Support for Children and Families (Jordan Publishing, 2011)
Several articles published in Family Law, Family Law Week and Local Government Lawyer
Further Professional Information:
Sally is trained to undertake direct public access work. She has also undertaken training in mediation advocacy.
Sally writes regular case summaries for the Family Law Week website.
She has previously taught on various law courses at Cambridge University and she has also worked as a research assistant to Lord Mackay and for Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston.