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Barrister: Sarah Hunwick

Call:
2011

Education:
Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple; BPTC (Outstanding), BPP; European Legal Studies LLB (First Class Hons), University of Kent

Overview:

Sarah became a member of chambers at the beginning of October 2013 following successful completion of her pupillage. Her practice is focused on family law and a range of civil work.

She appears in court on a regular basis in family and civil hearings. She is also developing a busy paper practice, frequently advising on quantum, liability and evidence as well as drafting statements of case.

Sarah is also authorised to undertake work on a direct access basis and is a member of the Public Access Bar Association.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys rugby, baking and travel.

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Civil:

Since joining chambers Sarah has developed a busy personal injury practice with an emphasis on claimant work. She accepts instructions to advise on liability, evidence and quantum and to draft pleadings. She regularly appears in the County Court for various interim hearings, applications and trials both on the Fast Track and Multi Track.

Sarah is developing a busy practice in the area of costs, from advising at the costs budgeting stage through to appearing at Detailed Assessment hearings at the SCCO on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants.

Sarah is also developing a broader civil practice and accepts instructions in the following areas:

  • Commercial and contractual claims
  • Landlord and tenant disputes (including possession hearings, unlawful eviction claims and proceedings before the LVT)
  • CICA claims (advising as well as representing clients at appeals in the First Tier Tribunal against both eligibility and award decisions)
  • Inquests (on behalf of families and other interested parties)

Sarah will undertake work on a CFA basis where appropriate.

Recent Cases

  • Re RM (2015): Sarah represented the family of a cyclist tragically killed by a tipper truck in London at an inquest into his death.
  • L v B (2014): Sarah successfully represented the claimant in a claim against a trustee of a dog rescue charity for unlawful conversion of a Labrador puppy. The Court ordered delivery up of the puppy.
  • F v CICA (2014): An appeal against an eligibility decision under paragraph 5 of the 2012 Scheme. Sarah successfully argued that the risk taken by an undercover police officer seriously injured during an operation was 'exceptional' as it was not normally expected of her during her course of work.
  • Re: SH (2014): Represented a residential care home at an inquest into the death of an elderly resident involving issues about the adequacy of treatment and whether the insertion of an unsuitable catheter had caused or contributed to the death.
  •  ER v CICA (2014): Sarah successfully represented an appellant who had witnessed her father murder her mother in 1970 at an appeal against the CICA’s decision that she was not eligible for compensation under the 'same roof rule'.
  • Re: MA (2014): Represented the family of a 3 week old baby whose death would have been entirely preventable had there been timely medical intervention.

Family:

Sarah is regularly instructed in public law proceedings in the Family Court and the High Court. She acts for local authorities, parents, Guardians and other interested parties. Sarah also has experience of making urgent applications to the High Court under its inherent jurisdiction for location and collection orders.

Sarah also represents parties in private cases, including applications for Child Arrangements Orders. She also has experience of making and resisting applications for Occupation Orders and Non-Molestation Orders.

Sarah recognises the challenges faced by many individuals in private law disputes in light of changes to legal aid funding and has accepted instructions from the BPBU on a pro bono basis.

Recent Cases

  • Re G: Sarah acted for the local authority in care proceedings relating to a 15 year old boy with a number of convictions for sexual assault and a history of Class A drug addiction who was placed in Secure Accommodation.
  • Re R (2014): Sarah acted for the local authority in lengthy adoption proceedings in which applications were made by the parents for leave to oppose and other procedural issues arose. A final adoption order was made.
  • Re M (2014): A Special Guardianship Order was made to the paternal aunt at the conclusion of care proceedings in which Sarah represented the Father.
  • Re M (2014): Sarah acted for the Mother in care proceedings involving the instruction of an ISW to undertake assessments abroad and eventually the Children were reunited with their family in Ghana.

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