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Sandra Murgatroyd

Sandra Murgatroyd is a dual-qualified barrister and solicitor and has over twenty years of legal experience as a solicitor. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2022.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Sandra was the founder and sole practitioner of a law firm for several years.



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Prior to coming to the Bar, Sandra was the founder and sole practitioner of a law firm for several years. She represented clients for privately paying Criminal matters, Property, Family and primarily Wills and Probate matters. She has experience in drafting Wills, Will Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney and taking clients’ instructions in Probate matters and dealing with the administration of their estate.

Sandra has considerable experience in Criminal cases, she was a Senior Crown Prosecutor employed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and prosecuted cases ranging from motoring offences to offences such as burglary and robbery. She has prepared and reviewed Crown Court files. Before working at the CPS, she worked as a solicitor dealing with mainly Criminal cases for the defence in several high street practices. She has also attended police stations to give clients legal advice and assistance.  Sandra has experience in dealing with legal aid matters and privately paying clients.

During her career, Sandra has gained knowledge and experience in Criminal cases involving vulnerable victims in domestic violence-related offences and acting for clients in a similar nature for Family matters. She has also had experience reviewing sensitive cases and dealing with young persons in Youth matters and presenting trial matters for serious offences such as robbery.

Sandra's Experience

Called in 2022

Public Access Accredited


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Family Law

Sandra specialises in child arrangements case, including proceedings featuring domestic abuse and and substance abuse. She is often instructed in cases where social services are involved due to welfare concerns relating to children. Sandra accepts instructions to advise and represent both Applicants and Respondents in family cases.

Sandra's practice in the field of Children Act work typically includes:

  • Child Arrangement Orders
  • Prohibited Steps Orders
  • Specific Issue Orders
  • Domestic abuse
  • Substance abuse
  • Parental responsibility
  • Shared Residence Orders

Sandra is also routinely instructed to represent clients in relation to applications for non-molestation orders and occupation orders. 

Additional Areas

Sandra covers a number of areas of law, including:

  • Wills and Probate
  • Family
  • Road Traffic
  • Personal Injury
  • Crime 
Memberships & Advisory
  • Law Society
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners UK
Privacy Policy

1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3.  I, Sandra Murgatroyd, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4.  It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

  • Advise on the prospects of litigation;
  • Advise on the value of your claim;
  • Representation at a court hearing;
  • Representation at trial;
  • Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.  I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi) Education and examining bodies; and

(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.  In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. 

Complaints or Queries

27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: mailto:, or my clerks: telephone 01823 247 247.

28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:

Sandra's Testimonials

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Sandra Murgatroyd for the excellent work she has done for me. Sandra wasn’t given much time to prepare for the hearing, but she worked very late into the night to fully understand the situation, she went well beyond what I had paid for the service.

Sandra displayed total professionalism and paid attention to every detail of the case and despite the short notice of time she was very well prepared and knows exactly what she is doing. Without her help and dedication I would not have won the case. I have no hesitation to recommend Mrs Murgatroyd to anyone who is looking for a good, friendly and competent barrister.




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