Sarah Clarke QC

Call 1994 | Silk 2017

Sarah Clarke QC | Call 1994 | Silk 2017

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Overview

Sarah has been described as a “formidable advocate”.  She is regularly instructed in complex and difficult police law matters, including disciplinary proceedings and inquests.  Her background in criminal law makes her an obvious choice for police law cases which involve complex facts, expert evidence, multi-defendants, corruption and covert policing.

Police

“She can take complex cases and identify the kernel of the issues.”
The Legal 500

Sarah is a leading advocacy trainer both nationally for her Inn and in running the annual South Eastern Circuit “Keble” Advocacy Course, and internationally.

experience & expertise

Sarah’s police practice encompasses disciplinary and criminal proceedings, human rights, judicial review, sex offender and ASBOs, firearms appeals, proceeds of crime matters and general operational and other advisory work for force solicitors and senior police officers.

Illustrative experience includes:

  • Re 4 officers: Representing the MET in Disciplinary Proceedings involving serious allegations against senior officers from the Territorial Support Group.
  • Re F (2016): Leading Junior, representing TVP in Disciplinary Proceedings involving important legal argument on the lawfulness of covert surveillance evidence in the context of a disciplinary investigation and whether in breach of Article 8 ECHR. Successfully resisted application for exclusion of this evidence and for proceedings to be stayed as an abuse of process.  Contested expert evidence and successful application to exclude defence expert evidence on grounds of failure to comply with Experts’ Protocol.
  • Webb (2015): Representing the MET in Disciplinary Proceedings arising from Counter Corruption Unit investigation.