A Senior Solicitor in our Commercial Litigation team, Sarah advises clients on a wide variety of litigation matters including debt recovery, guardianships and landlord/tenant and property disputes. Sarah also has broad advocacy experience, appearing in Sheriff Courts across Scotland, before regulatory bodies, such as Licensing Boards and Fitness to Practice committees, and before the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber).
Sarah has a particular interest in regulatory work and is regularly instructed to represent individuals at fitness to practice hearings and misconduct hearings. In particular, Sarah has successfully defended numerous clients where a complaint about their fitness to practise has been brought before the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and is routinely instructed to represent workers interests at temporary orders hearings and impairment hearings. Sarah experience has allowed her to build up sound knowledge of all stages of the SSSC fitness to practise procedure and rules. Sarah also has experience representing individuals before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Teaching Council for Scotland and General Dental Council.
Sarah acts for both landlords and tenants in a range of matters relating to the private rental sector, particularly in relation to eviction proceedings. Sarah is also routinely instructed by social housing landlords, in particular Sarah regularly advises upon the duties of social landlords and the legal framework pertaining to the public housing sector. She also advises housing associations relative to eviction proceedings, particularly those which have grounds relating to anti-social behaviour.
Sarah studied law at the University of Stirling and received her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Aberdeen. She also holds an LLM in International Commercial Law from the University of Dundee and an LLM in Business and Legal Ethics from the University of Cergy-Pontoise in Paris.
Sarah also has broad academic legal experience. She lectured in law at the University of Abertay and the University of Cergy-Pontoise in Paris prior to entering the profession.