Sarah is a Partner in the Regulatory team. Sarah advises, investigates and presents cases on behalf of a large number of healthcare regulators.  She is an experienced advocate who presents cases of all levels of complexity, ranging from allegations of sexual misconduct to lengthy and complex competency cases. 

Sarah was called to the Bar in 2007 and joined the Regulatory and Professional Discipline Team at Kingsley Napley in 2010, initially on secondment from 23 Essex Street Chambers, having had a broad and varied criminal practice.   

Regulatory Prosecution

Sarah has extensive experience of investigating and presenting fitness to practise cases on behalf of a number of regulatory bodies including the Health and Care Professions Council, the General Optical Council, the General Dental Council and the National College for Teaching and Leadership.   Sarah’s cases are often of a high profile nature attracting media attention.  Articles include:

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.

Sarah has also been involved in the preparation and presentation of police disciplinary matters.

Criminal regulatory and private prosecutions

Sarah is a CPS Grade 2 Prosecutor.  She obtained extensive experience prosecution a wide range of criminal cases in the Crown Court, Magistrates Court and Youth Court.  Prior to joining Kingsley Napley she was regularly instructed by the Department of Work and Pensions and has spent time as seconded Counsel at the CPS Proceeds of Crime Unit.  In this latter role Sarah attended a large number of enforcement hearings up and down the country and obtained experience in confiscation and restraint.

Sarah acts for the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in respect of their criminal investigations into the unlawful actions of security guards, security companies and their employees.   She has also assisted in the provision of advice to Ofgem investigators on the lawful use of criminal enforcement powers including: disclosure obligations, interviewing and the execution of search warrants.

Defence work

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 has advised in a number of Prison Law matters, including applications for Judicial Review and has conducted internal adjudication hearings for serving prisoners.  Sarah was instructed on a pro bono basis by Lovells Solicitors as Junior Counsel to Anthony Metzer in Hunt v AB [2009] WLR (D) 30.

Sarah has particular experience of cases involving vulnerable witnesses. She can speak British Sign Language to Stage 1 level.

Professional societies and Memberships

 

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Blogs

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

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: Fitness to Practice panel's failure to find dishonest doctor impaired was not unduly lenient, holds the High Court

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

Case Update: R (on the application of D) and General Medical Council [2013] EWHC 2839

Regulatory Press Round-Up: September 2013

Case Update: Ebhogiaye v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2013] EWHC 2445 (Admin)

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sharris@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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