Sarah Allen Misconduct & Compliance
Sarah is a well known and respected advocate who both prosecutes and defends. She has an established practice in dealing with grave and complex cases on her own and with leading counsel. Recent instructions have involved allegations of serious sexual offences, drugs (including importation and wide scale supply), serious violence, firearms offences, money laundering and fraud.
Sarah is a grade 3 prosecutor, although regularly accepted instructions for cases far beyond that level. She is on the panel of specialists to deal with serious sexual offences and recent prosecutions have involved dealing with very young witnesses and historic allegations.
Sarah also has extensive knowledge of dealing with civil asset recovery and confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and has dealt with large and complex cases with multi-million pound orders, hidden assets and dealing with international letters of request.
She has successfully challenged a number of sentences and convictions in the Court of Appeal and is as confident committing her argument to writing as she is making them in person. She has an excellent knowledge of common aspects of criminal practice including DNA, psychological and cell-site evidence and is very capable mastering subject matter rapidly in order to challenge expert evidence. She also has experience of gait recognition expert evidence and facial mapping.
In addition to her busy Crown Court work, Sarah has a wealth of experience in all aspects of motoring law where she regularly appears in Magistrates’ Courts and Crown courts throughout the country. She is instructed on behalf of some of the country’s leading insurers and specialist motoring solicitors. She has represented well-known figures in the media world and also business leaders and is well regarded in this area of law.
As well as her criminal practice Sarah is also instructed on professional disciplinary matters, having appeared on behalf of Teachers, Head Teachers, Nurses and Social Workers.
Sarah also speaks fluent Spanish.
Prior to coming to the Bar Sarah worked in Westminster in government communications at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department of Trade and Industry, dealing with Ministerial trade missions.
Bessemer Clark Scholarship Award – Grays Inn
Lord Justice Holker Scholarship Award – Grays Inn
Criminal Bar Association