Sarah Pope

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Degree: 
BA (Hons) Law & French
Year of call and Inn: 
2006; Lincoln's Inn (Admitted as a solicitor 1994)
Professional Membership: 
FLBA; ALC; Adoption UK, MHLA; COPPA, Western Circuit
Appointments: 
Current Chair of the Bristol Family Law Bar Association; Former member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Lawyers for Children 2015-2018; Former Independent Costs Adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency
Specialist Areas: 
Public Access Areas: 
Child Law
Court of Protection
Practice Overview: 

"Sarah is committed to client care of the highest standard. She has a pragmatic approach, but deals with clients in a sensitive and friendly way. She is well liked by lay and professional clients alike. Sarah is meticulous in her preparation and her attention to detail, which is borne out in her advocacy."
Chambers and Partners UK

Sarah specialises in complex public and private law children proceedings and the law relating to incapacitated adults in the Court of Protection.

Sarah joined Albion Chambers in 2014, having practised in London for over 20 years. She is an experienced trial advocate, is quick witted and fights her client’s corner. Clients and instructing solicitors have praised her for her client care skills, her meticulous preparation, her effective cross-examination and her “incisive”, “straight talking” approach. A significant proportion of Sarah’s work arises through personal recommendation.

Sarah was a solicitor for over 10 years before she transferred to the Bar. During this time she founded Wilkinson Pope, a niche family law practice in Islington. On her transfer to the Bar she joined 14 Gray’s Inn Square (now Fourteen), where she was instructed by some of London’s leading specialist family law firms and where she continues as a Door Tenant.

Public Access: Sarah is licensed under the Public Access rules and her previous experience as a solicitor makes her particularly well placed to undertake this type of work.

Sarah speaks fluent French and conversational Italian.

Recommendations:

Sarah has been recognised as a Leading Family Junior in both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 over many years.

Chambers and Partners
Sarah has been commended for:

  • the “determination and energy” she brings to a case
  • the emphasis she places upon client care
  • her ability to analyse information well
  • her ability to guide the instructing solicitor along the right path
  • her “tenacious and thorough” advocacy
     

2014 – “Sarah Pope is highlighted in particular for her strong performances in court and for the experience she brings having been a former solicitor”
“A very experienced childcare lawyer”
“Because she was a solicitor she appreciates all the difficulties her instructing solicitors have to put up with”

2015 – “She’s very approachable, very good with the client and she produces very good paperwork. Very gutsy, she always puts the clients’ interests first. She reads everything in detail and is very persuasive in front of a judge”
2016 “Very hard-working, very well prepared and very thorough. She’s a very good advocate, who has good judgment and lots of experience as both a barrister and a solicitor.”
2017 – "Often acts for guardians on public children law cases. She has experience in a wide variety of issues, including FGM, international relocation, child death and sexual abuse."
2018 – "Sarah is committed to client care of the highest standard. She has a pragmatic approach, but deals with clients in a sensitive and friendly way. She is well liked by lay and professional clients alike. Sarah is meticulous in her preparation and her attention to detail, which is borne out in her advocacy."
2019 – Assiduous and robust advocate. Very good with clients."
2020 –"Very experienced and a very effective advocate. She is absolutely fantastic at dealing with difficult clients."

The Legal 500
Sarah has been praised for being:

“simply a great barrister”
“highly respected and advances difficult cases with skill and sensitivity”
“Approachable and helpful and meticulous in her preparation”

Areas of Practice