Sara is a qualified solicitor (admitted 2002). She has a predominantly knowledge management role with strategic focus on Clients, Thought Leadership, Innovation, Collaboration and Legal Training.

Sara is actively involved in the firm's client development initiatives. She supports key clients in delivering their needs on training and horizon scanning, including designing and managing a project to deliver legal updates for one of the firm's key clients. 

Sara regularly contributes thought leadership campaigns as well as providing general editorial support. She led a team to produce the firm's 2017 election manifesto tracker. Sara also has a particular interest in using digital and social media for profile and advantage. She coaches on writing and editing publications and has also authored articles on a wide variety of topics and sectors.

Sara's focus is on ensuring that the planning lawyers are kept up-to-date with new case law, legislation, innovation and practice both internally and externally. She also seeks to leverage and convert the knowledge and experience for external guidance for clients and contacts through newsletters, briefings and seminars. She works across the whole department to support the implementation of innovation and real estate sector initiatives.

Sara joined the firm in 2004 and previously worked as an energy lawyer at a large City firm.

Key projects include:
  • Value-add for key clients
  • Horizon scanning and tracking new legislation
  • 0-3 PQE Legal training Programme
  • Know-how retrieval and management
  • Post-merger integration.

 Sara continues to provide supporting advice on general town and country planning, consenting including under the Planning Act 2008 for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, highways and compulsory purchase matters.

    Experience

    Experience includes advising on:

    • Applications for Development Consent; on the legislative and policy framework for applications for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs)
    • Ports' special and harbour specific powers under local legislation, including on licensing works, giving directions to vessels, dredging and marine licensing in the context of consenting Round 3 offshore windfarms
    • Government policy and landowner obligations towards terrestrial designated sites and including those in intertidal and estuarine areas, and offshore sites
    • Road Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs), highway issues, diversion orders, and stopping up orders
    • Matters concerning Outdoor Advertisements and Signs.