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Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law (Appellate)
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Regulatory and Competition Law
  • Torts
  • Trade Practices



Sarah practises primarily in commercial and public law. Sarah also accepts briefs in appellate criminal law and some common law matters.

Before coming to the Bar, Sarah was an Associate to the Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC at the High Court of Australia.

Sarah has also worked as a Trial Division Researcher at the Supreme Court of Victoria, and as a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team of King & Wood Mallesons. While at King & Wood Mallesons, Sarah gained particular experience in commercial, administrative law, regulatory and trade practices disputes.

Sarah has taught Trusts in the JD programme at Melbourne Law School, and has tutored subjects including Constitutional Law, Evidence, Torts and Contracts at Monash Law School and at Queen's College, University of Melbourne.

Sarah holds undergraduate degrees in Arts and Law (with First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. As part of her Masters programme, Sarah completed the Harvard Negotiation Workshop.

Sarah is a reporter for the Commonwealth Law Reports. She has also published articles in Australian and US law journals.

Since coming to the Bar, Sarah has advised and appeared on behalf of corporations, government departments and individuals. Matters in which Sarah has been briefed include:

Commercial and regulatory law

  • Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (2018): Part of the team of Counsel Assisting, led by R Orr QC and M Hodge QC, with A Dinelli, E Dias, M Costello, M Hosking, C Schneider and T Farhall 
  • Director, Consumer Affairs Victoria v The Reject Shop [2018] FCA 211: for the respondent company, led by P Neskovcin QC 
  • Application for merger authorisation by Tabcorp Holdings [2017] ACompT 1: for the ACCC, led by A McClelland QC, with K Anderson, P Thiagarajan and I Cowen 
  • Abrahams v Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Federal Court of Australia, 2017, settled): for the applicants, alleging breaches of corporate disclosure obligations under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), led by R Merkel QC, with E Nekvapil 

Public law

  • Constitutional law
  • Minogue v Victoria (No 2) (High Court of Australia, ongoing): for the State of Victoria, led by P Hanks QC, with A Pound
  • Palmer v Australian Electoral Commission (High Court of Australia, reasons to be delivered): for the Attorney-General of the Commonwealth, led by S Donaghue QC, Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth, with G del Villar
  • Re Canavan [2017] HCA 45; (2017) 91 ALJR 1209: for Mr Windsor, led by R Merkel QC and J Gleeson SC, with E Nekvapil
  • Administrative law and other public law matters
  • Northern Territory v Griffiths; Commonwealth v Griffiths [2017] FCAFC 106; (2017) 256 FCR 478: for the native title party, led by S Glacken QC, with G Hill
  • Chief Commissioner of Police v AMJK Pty Ltd [2018] VSC 250: for the Chief Commissioner of Police, led by P Hanks QC
  • Proceedings under the Extradition Act 1988 (Cth): for the requested person, led by R Orr QC, C Harris QC and L De Ferrari SC (see, eg, United States v Ghodskani [2018] FCA 14)
  • Proceedings in the original jurisdiction of the High Court of Australia, the original and appellate jurisdictions of the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth): for both the Applicant and the Minister, and both led and unled (see, eg, WZAUA v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 1599, CSV15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 699 and Mowatt v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCA 657)
  • Advices on constitutional law, administrative law, statutory construction, the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) and other public law issues: led by R Niall QC (then Solicitor-General for Victoria), R Merkel QC, P Hanks QC and R Orr QC, and unled

Common law

  • Representative proceedings alleging false imprisonment of detainees in immigration detention (Federal Court of Australia, ongoing): for the detainees, led by B Walker SC and B Quinn QC, with M Albert and M Guo
  • Proceedings alleging tortious interference with goods (Supreme Court of Victoria, ongoing): for the Chief Commissioner of Police, led by L Brown, Crown Counsel
  • Proceedings alleging professional negligence against legal representatives (Supreme Court of Victoria): for a member of Counsel, led by D Collins QC, and for a firm of solicitors, led by S Horgan QC 
  • Proceedings for the recovery of land (Supreme Court of Victoria, 2017, settled): for a local Council, led by R Orr QC, with R Knowles


Sarah read with Alistair Pound, and her senior mentor was Christopher Caleo QC.







From 27 Oct 2016, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation. 



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