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Sarah Clarke

Sarah joined The Barrister Group in September 2014 after successfully completing her pupillage in the Temple, London. She is based in Hertfordshire and happy to travel.

Prior to qualifying as a barrister, Sarah worked as a corporate paralegal at Magic Circle firm Linklaters, where she assisted with high-profile mergers and acquisitions, competition matters and commercial litigation. Since qualifying, Sarah has built up a great deal of advocacy experience in the County Courts and the High Court which has enabled her to become a confident and passionate advocate.

As well as English, Sarah speaks Malay/Bahasa Indonesia.


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Sarah Clarke

Sarah's Experience

Called in 2011


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Chancery Law

Sarah has experience in both traditional and commercial chancery law matters, including:

  • Probate
  • Cohabitation
  • Real property
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Intellectual property

She has represented clients in the High Court in both the Chancery Division and the Companies Court in relation to TOLATA, trade mark infringement, orders for sale and the registration of legal charges. Sarah has also successfully defended orders for sale in the County Court.

Sarah has developed a strong practice in the areas of contentious and non-contentious probate and welcomes any enquiry appropriate to her level of experience.

Specialist areas include:

• Inheritance Act claims
• Administration of estates
• Law of succession
• Conflict of laws/private international law
• Easements
• Trade mark disputes
• Boundary disputes
• TOLATA claims
• Landlord and tenant - possession and disrepair claims

Commercial Law

Since qualifying, Sarah has successfully appeared in the County Court in a number of commercial debt claims, particularly in the field of telecommunications and consumer disputes. Her experience has given her an understanding of wider commercial concerns and a familiarity with different types of commercial contracts.

Specialist areas include:

• Consumer law
• Debt recovery

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Sarah has a thriving personal injury practice with extensive experience in relation to:

  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Highway claims
  • Tripping/slipping
  • Employers’ liability

She has been involved in a number of cases relating to the common law duties of tree owners. Sarah is happy to be instructed in fast track or multi-track matters and is experienced in dealing with costs case management hearings.

  • Drafting pleadings
  • Advising on liability
  • Disposal hearings
  • Advising on quantum
  • Schedules of loss
  • CCMC's and Stage 3 oral hearings
Travel Law

Sarah has developed considerable experience in flight delay (EU 261/2004) compensation claims involving major international airlines. She is happy to accept instructions on behalf of both passengers and airlines.

Memberships & Advisory
  • Advocate
  • South Eastern Circuit
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, Sarah Clarke, 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:

Sarah's Testimonials

I find the whole experience working with Sarah to be very professional and 100% commitment to the tasks at hand. She responds promptly to all queries made with her, and goes over and above her instruction. She deals with the clients professionally and in a caring manner, putting them at ease. Sarah is very knowledgeable with regards to the claims I have instructed her on and has obtained fantastic results. 

Debbie Bullough


I am happy to offer my recommendation of Sarah to anyone reading this testimony. She provided fantastic assistance and guidance, whether this was in drafting particulars, attending hearings or providing quantum and procedural guidance she put 110% in and I could not be more grateful.

Lauren Spinks


I found Sarah to be prompt, thorough and approachable. It was easy to pick up the phone and discuss general issues in the case and / or problem solving. Sarah continued to be actively involved in the case until a conclusion was reached, and her input included further advice and a conference with the Claimant. I look forward to instructing Sarah again in the future.

Karen Gray

Alps Legal

The application was not a straightforward application and although Ms Clarke received the papers mid-morning for the afternoon hearing the result was the desired outcome. Cannot thank Ms Clarke and Clerksroom enough for the service and representation provide for this hearing.

Faye Davies

Connells Group Legal Services

Many thanks Sarah Clarke from the Access to Justice Foundation for your pro bono efforts: the funds we receive from pro bono costs will be used to help other vulnerable people to access justice.

Loretta Lok

Access to Justice Foundation

Sarah Clarke did a really great job on this case for me. 

Nicola Moorcraft

Harding Evans

I find the whole experience working with Sarah to be very professional and 100% commitment to the tasks at hand. She responds promptly to all queries made with her, and goes over and above her instruction. She deals with the clients professionally and in a caring manner, putting them at ease. Sarah is very knowledgeable with regards to the claims I have instructed her on and has obtained fantastic results. 

Debbie Bullough




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