Sarah has made her mark defending in historic multi-complainant sexual abuse cases, and has also prosecuted serious sexual offences. Her reputation is for being fiercely combative with a painstaking approach to disclosure from the outset that lays the groundwork for a forensic and relentless cross examination. Jury trials are her vocation and she loves her job.
Sarah practices in all areas of crime, most frequently in sex, child cruelty and neglect cases as well as neglect or ill treatment under the mental capacity Act 2005. She also deals with violence, murder and attempted murder, s18GBH, robbery, aggravated burglary and major public disorder, arson, drugs and fraud. She has special expertise in cases requiring cross examination of vulnerable witnesses, through intermediaries or via a live link and is a trainer for the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training. She has experienced a broad spread of work for Crown and Defence in the full gamut of a criminal practice.
She is often instructed for challenging clients – those requiring careful handling due to psychiatric or other reasons. She is ranked in Chambers and Partners. She is a Grade 4 Prosecutor for the Western Circuit, London and South Eastern, and is on the CPS rape panel. Sarah appears in both the Crown Court, Court of Appeal and court martials.
Recent cases include:
- Defending R v Goldswain, Prosecution of man entrapped by vigilante self-proclaimed paedophile hunters. Stayed as an abuse of process.
- Prosecuting R v Evans, Multiple complainants over 30 year span, alleging serious sexual offences following grooming against the Defendant. Sentenced to 26 years’ imprisonment. Judge commended “an impeccable prosecution”.
- Prosecuting R v Carter, Multiple complainants all attended a school for troubled children where they were abused by the Defendant, a house parent at the school. Multiple troubled witnesses. Convictions on all counts.
- Defending in R v Crook, Defendant with psychotic illness killed both parents. Prosecuted for murder. Jury convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
- Defending in R v Salmon, multiple historic allegations against a former Stoke Mandeville Paediatrician which arose out of the Operation Yewtree investigation. The case involved historic guilty pleas to similar offences in the past, further allegations being made during the course of the investigation and complex factual, medical and psychiatric evidence. There were connections to Savile enquiries and press attention was intense. Instructing solicitors commented “We have found Miss Jones to be outstandingly professional and capable.”
- Defending in R v W to acquittal; a case which involved allegations of sexual abuse by a grandfather and required cross examination of a 5 year old child.
- Defending in R v Nursing, in second ever mental capacity case prosecuted in Hampshire concerning allegations. Mrs Nursing’s conviction was overturned in the Court of Appeal. Reported.
- Defending in R v Urbanowicz to acquittal multiple allegations of enslavement where Polish workers were allegedly brought into the country to be exploited.
- Defending R v Easterbrook, a double attempted murder alleged against a prisoner with significant mental health problems and three previous convictions for attempt murder. The Defendant was acquitted on one of the allegations.
Sarah appears in court martials and has recently defended:
- LBdr W who pleaded guilty to a serious assault but retained rank and career path.
- Major S, a psychiatric Nurse on allegations of Sexual Touching
- SSgt C, on sexual assault charges in a court-martial.
- Courts Martial
- Public Access and Direct Access
- Hardwicke Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn) Thomas More Bursary (Lincoln’s Inn)
- MA (Hons) in Jurisprudence from University College, Oxford
- Member of Lincoln’s Inn
- Criminal Bar Association
- Member of the Western Circuit
- Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
- Sarah loves making homemade preserves, enjoys musicals and is almost obsessive about both!
- Sarah’s most recent essay was published in Chambers quarterly crime bulletin and was on the subject of the Code of Practise for Interviewing Defence witnesses.