Sarah is a Partner in the Regulatory team.  She joined Kingsley Napley in 2010 from the Criminal Bar, having had a broad and varied criminal practise.

Having gained over 10 years’ experience investigating and presenting high profile and complex fitness to practise cases before a wealth of regulatory bodies, Sarah’s attentions have more recently focused on harnessing her FTP and regulatory expertise to assist regulators in a more holistic review of their legal processes, policies and systems.

Sarah has a particular interest in health regulation, working closely with regulators in this sector to design and implement regulatory frameworks that meet their needs. Her work involves helping established regulators to identify where things are being done well, and where improvements can be made as well as guiding start-up regulators to implement best practice from the outset of their operations.

A Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (British Quality Foundation), her unique ability to combine legal advice and process review has been called upon by a number of her clients. In particular Sarah has a keen interest in legal technology, and how it can be harnessed to assist her regulatory clients.  She has recently collaborated with leading legal tech innovator Zylpha to develop an innovative new document bundling toolset.

Sarah has a particular interest in the Tech field, and in particular how regulators in the UK ensure public protection at the same time as encouraging innovation and the use of machine learning and automation.

FTP Investigations and Advocacy

In the area of professional discipline Sarah has acted for some of the leading regulatory bodies in high profile and complex cases. These regulators include the General Optical Council, the General Dental Council, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Teaching Regulation Agency and the Security Industry Authority.  Sarah provides regulatory bodies with expert, down to earth and practical legal advice on issues such as sufficiency of evidence, admissibility, threshold decision making and investigation strategy.

Representing Professionals

Whilst in Chambers, Sarah had a busy and varied defence caseload, which provided her with the essential skills to look after individuals’ interests in both criminal and regulatory proceedings.   She has advised individuals facing proceedings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), Institute of Civil Engineers and the UK Council for Psychotherapy.  She has recently defended individuals facing investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.  Sarah acts for senior officers and directors when their organisations are subject to safeguarding investigations and complaints.

Investigations and Private Prosecutions

Sarah’s extensive investigations and prosecution experience in both the criminal and regulatory arena mean that she is well placed to advise individuals and organisations regarding internal investigations.  In particular she has advised a number of organisations in relation to their safeguarding policies, procedures and investigations, most frequently sporting National Governing Bodies.

Sarah has particular experience of cases involving vulnerable witnesses. She can communicate in British Sign Language to Stage 1 level. Sarah also provides advice to victims of crime and witnesses to investigations.

Professional societies and Memberships


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Case Update: High Court terminate interim suspension of doctor facing gross negligence manslaughter charges following death of 6 year old child

Case Update: High Court makes clear that allegations are not to be amended to meet changing evidence at hearing

Case Update: Can a Panel re-visit its decision and hear further evidence having provided a draft of its findings to the parties?

Case Update: The final word on hearsay evidence in criminal trials?

Case Update: High Court considers how to strike the appropriate balance between a registrant’s right to privacy as against the public interest in the regulator having access to relevant material

Norton v Bar Standards Board [2014] EWHC 2681

Ashraf v General Dental Council [2014] EWHC 2618 (Admin)

GMC Consultation on Draft Order – taking up the torch of the Law Commission reforms in the absence of government action?

The regulation of private lives… How far is too far?

Case Update: The Queen on the Application of Ellen Mafico v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2014] EWHC 363

Case Update: O v Secretary of State for Education 2014 WL 16451

Case Update: Isaghehi v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2014] EWHC 127

Case Update: Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care v Nursing and Midwifery Council (unreported)

Case Update: Hussein v General Medical Council [2013] EWHC 3535

Case Update: General Medical Council v Dr E [2013] EWHC 3425

Case Update: R (on the application of Hibbert) v General Medical Council, unreported

Legal Services Consumer Panel call for a single legal regulator – a small step towards massive change

General Medical Council: changes to Fitness to Practice Rules are now in force

Health and Social Care Reform: the responses are in; the possible key features of a new unified system

Carers Week 2020: The importance of time, patience and asking for help

‘Enough is enough’ : IPCC delay found to be ‘extraordinary and indefensible’ in case against Sean Rigg officer

Will the so-called ‘Prince of Darkness’ ring the changes for the HMCTS?

Court of Appeal considers quashed criminal convictions and disciplinary proceedings

R (on the application of Ngole) v University of Sheffield (Health and Care Professions Council intervening) [2017] EWHC 2669 (Admin)

The dangers of regulators treating mere contract-breakers as fraudsters

Pregnancy test drug Primodos to be reviewed by UK regulator following discovery of files in state archive

Is regulatory reform back on the agenda, or has it been kicked into the long grass again?

Publishing of adverse findings can be a sufficiently serious sanction

The importance of staying within your field of expertise and having a properly constituted Panel

Victim of your own success: the higher the profile, the greater the expectation to uphold public confidence?

Case Update: High Court hold that panel of the NMC were unduly lenient in imposing 4 month suspension for dishonest nurse

Case Update: Can a series of non-serious misconduct findings cumulatively amount to serious misconduct that impairs a doctor’s fitness to practice?

Case Update: Clarity urgently required on the test for dishonesty in regulatory proceedings as Administrative Court unable to rule on the issue

Inayatullah v General Medical Council [2014] EWHC 3751

Jasinarachchi v General Medical Council [2014] EWHC 3570

Brew v General Medical Council [2014] EWHC 2927

Nursing and Midwifery Council v Wright [2014] EWHC 3078

Case update: Adu v General Medical Council [2014] EWHC 1946 (Admin)

Case update: Edwin Onovughakpor Goodwin v Health and Care Professions Council [2014] EWHC 1897 (Admin)

Case update: Scott Hoyle v Julia Mary Rogers, Jade Nicola Rogers v Secretary of State for Transport, International Air Transport Association [2014] EWCA Civ 257

Hayat v General Medical Council [2014] EWHC 1477 (Admin)

Case Update: Professional Standards Agency for Health and Social Care v General Medical Council, unreported

Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care v General Dental Council & Anor (2014)

Case update: Odoi-Asara v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2014] EWHC 1151

Case update: Levett v Health and Care Professions Council [2014] EWHC 994 Admin

Case update: Arunkalaivanan v General Medical Council [2014] EWHC 873

Case update: Nursing and Midwifery Council v Kidd and another [2014] EWHC 847

Case update: Clery v Health and Care Professions Council, unreported

Case Update: Amao v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2014] WL 517702

Case Update: R (on the application of El-Baroudy v General Medical Council [2013] EWHC 2894 (Admin)

Case Update: The Chief Constable of the West Yorkshire Police, R (on the application of) v Independent Police Complaints Commission

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