Areas of Practice
- Administrative Law
- Commercial Law
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law (Appellate)
- Equity and Trusts
- Regulatory and Competition Law
- Trade Practices
Sarah practises primarily in commercial and public law. Sarah also accepts briefs in some criminal, quasi-criminal and common law matters.
Sarah is regularly briefed to advise and appear in trials, appeals and other hearings within those fields, including in competition and consumer law, constitutional
law and administrative law matters. In 2018, Sarah was part of the team of counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation
and Financial Services Industry.
Before coming to the Bar, Sarah was an Associate to the Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC at the High Court of Australia. Sarah also worked as a Trial Division
Researcher at the Supreme Court of Victoria, as a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team of King & Wood Mallesons, and as a sessional lecturer
in the JD programme at Melbourne Law School.
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.
Recent matters in which Sarah has been briefed include:
Commercial and regulatory law
- ACCC v BlueScope Steel Ltd (Federal Court of Australia, ongoing): for the ACCC, led by M Hodge QC
- Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd v ACCC (Federal Court of Australia, 2019, reserved): for the ACCC, led by M Hodge QC and C Button QC,
with N de Young, T Prince and D Foster
- 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  FCA 211: for the respondent company, led by R Orr QC and P Neskovcin QC
- Application for merger authorisation by Tabcorp Holdings  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
- Smethurst v Commissioner of Police (High Court of Australia, 2019, reserved): for the Commissioner and the Attorney-General of the Commonwealth,
intervening, led by S Donaghue QC, Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth, and C Lenehan SC
- Minogue v Victoria (No 2)  HCA 31; (2019) 93 ALJR 1031: for the State of Victoria, led by P Hanks QC, with A Pound
- Palmer v Australian Electoral Commission  HCA 24; (2019) 93 ALJR 947: for the Attorney-General of the Commonwealth, led by S Donaghue
QC, Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth, with G del Villar
- Re Canavan  HCA 45; (2017) 263 CLR 284: for Mr Windsor, led by R Merkel QC and J Gleeson SC, with E Nekvapil
Administrative and other public law matters
- Chief Commissioner of Police v AMJK Pty Ltd  VSC 250: for the Chief Commissioner of Police, led by P Hanks QC
- Northern Territory v Griffiths; Commonwealth v Griffiths  FCAFC 106; (2017) 256 FCR 478: for the native title party, led by S Glacken
QC, with G Hill
- 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 
- 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  FCA 1599, CSV15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection 
FCA 699 and Mowatt v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  FCA 657)
- Representative proceedings alleging false imprisonment of detainees in immigration detention (High Court of Australia and 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
- 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.
Sarah is currently a reporter for the Commonwealth Law Reports.
From 27 Oct 2016, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.
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