Sarah Earley

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Sarah Earley

“Extremely articulate and well liked by fellow advocates and judges.”

Legal 500, 2016

"A joy to instruct."

Legal 500, 2017

"Very good with clients, and makes sure the client is aware of their options."

Legal 500, 2015

“Highly professional and extremely knowledgeable. Always does an excellent job and is very approachable.”

2017

Practice Overview

Sarah is a specialist Child Law barrister who deals with complex cases involving allegations of abuse, harm or neglect. Sarah heads Chambers’ Complex Care Cases Team and frequently works in the High Court, both with and against Leading Counsel. Sarah works closely with her instructing solicitors to establish a rapport with her clients and provides comprehensive advice and assistance both pre-action and throughout proceedings.

Sarah is consistently recommended in the Legal 500.

Children (Public Law)

Examples of recent cases include:

  • Investigation into death of 3 month baby, caused by significant neglect
  • Fact Finding Hearing regarding death of 6 month baby by violence
  • Causation Hearing in relation to skull fracture and subdural haemorrhage
  • Investigation as to cause of fabricated / induced illness in 5 year old
  • Inquiry into inter-generational child sex abuse
  • Safeguarding of child where there was family history of Female Genital Mutilation
  • Contested Adoption Hearing
  • Jurisdictional Argument re children abducted abroad whilst subject to Care Orders
  • Injunction against internet publisher in relation to ongoing proceedings

Children (Private Law)

Examples of recent cases include:

  • Permission to remove child from UK to relocate owing to re-marriage
  • Step-parent Adoption
  • Alienation and fabricated allegations of abuse
  • Protracted Enforcement Proceedings

Reported Cases:

  • H (Children), Re [2005] EWCA Civ 318 (02 February 2005) ([2005] EWCA Civ 318; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 14 KB)
  • B (a child), Re [2007] EWCA Civ 577 (24 May 2007) ([2007] EWCA Civ 577; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 22 KB)
  • W (Children), Re (Rev 2) [2010] UKSC 12 (03 March 2010) ([2010] 1 FCR 615, [2010] 1 FLR 1485, [2010] 1 WLR 701, [2010] 2 All ER 418, [2010] Fam Law 449, [2010] PTSR 775, [2010] UKSC 12, [2010] WLR 701; From United Kingdom Supreme Court; 37 KB)
  • W (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1307 (24 July 2012) ([2012] EWCA Civ 1307; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 32 KB)
  • XP (A Child), Re [2014] EWHC 4524 (Fam) (18 December 2014) ([2014] EWHC 4524 (Fam); From England and Wales High Court (Family Division) Decisions; 110 KB)
  • A (A Child), Re [2015] EWCA Civ 910 (17 June 2015) ([2015] EWCA Civ 910; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 52 KB)
  • N (A Child: Low Level Falls), Re [2016] EWFC B29 (25 April 2016) ([2016] EWFC B29; From England and Wales Family Court Decisions (other Judges); 239 KB)
  • RE K (Children) (2016) (Court of Appeal) www.lawtel.com/MyLawtel/Documents/AC9601912