Sara Davis

Called 2014

Practice overview

Sara was called to the Bar in Canada in 1996 and practised there for three years. She moved to England in 1999 and became a solicitor specialising in family law. Sara transferred to the Bar and joined St. Mary’s in 2014. The focus of her practice for the last four years has been complex public law proceedings, but she is keen to maintain a balanced family law practice.

Recommendations

 

Steadfast and analytical, with fantastic client care skills.
(The Legal 500 2017)

Recent cases

Represented directly one of the subject children in the reported High Court case of Re DF and GF [2013] EWHC 2607 (Fam) which considered the balancing of the best interests of siblings when they are conflicting.

Represented the surviving child, whose sibling had died in suspicious circumstances, in care proceedings that took place in the High Court against leading counsel for the local authority and each of the parents at a 10 day Fact Finding hearing in 2010.

Involved in an unusual single issue case which merged the criminal jury trial of a step father for historical rape of a minor and the Fact Finding hearing in the care proceedings concerning his step children in 2013.

Practice areas

Public law

Private law

Inquests

Professional background

Sara graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, concentrating in Criminology, from the University of Ottawa in 1991, and with a Bachelor of Law from the University of Windsor in 1994. She completed an equivalent of pupillage and became a barrister at Maclaren Corlett, Ottawa. In 1999, she transferred to the UK and worked in the East Midlands as a solicitor specialising in family law.

Sara has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel since 2006 and was accredited by Resolution as a specialist in children private law and domestic violence in 2012. She joined St. Mary’s in August 2014.

“Steadfast and analytical, with fantastic client care skills."

The Legal 500 2017