Sarah was appointed Queen’s Counsel and Senior Treasury Counsel in 2014. In 2011 Sarah was named Chambers and Partners Crime Junior of the Year and in 2013 she was listed in the top 100 barristers in the United Kingdom. She is on the Attorney General’s list of special advocates. Sarah prosecutes and defends in a wide variety of cases, many of which are high profile. They include murder, terrorism, corruption, sexual offences, fraud and cybercrime. She appears on a regular basis in the Court of Appeal on behalf of both the appellants and the respondents as well as on behalf of the Attorney General. She is also instructed to appear in the High Court in judicial reviews and appeals by way of case stated.

Wonderful and extremely capable

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Sarah also undertakes extensive advisory work for public agencies, corporates and private individuals on a wide range of topics. As a former banker, she has an excellent understanding of corporate and financial matters and is a contributor to Fraud (Oxford University Press) and to Millington and Sutherland Williams on The Proceeds of Crime (Oxford University Press). She is also a contributor to EU Law and Criminal Practice (Oxford University Press). She is frequently invited to speak at conferences and seminars on topical legal issues. Sarah is a Grade A advocacy tutor and tutors on the annual international advocacy course at Keble College, Oxford. She has recently joined delegations to provide advocacy training in St Lucia and Singapore.


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  • Queen’s Counsel 2014
  • Treasury Counsel (Senior 2014) (Junior 2006)
  • Attorney General’s list of Special Advocates


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Grade A advocacy tutor


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  • St Andrews University (MA Hons)
  • University of Westminster (Graduate Diploma in Law)
  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • Winner of the Sir Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize, Lincoln’s Inn 1993

Notable cases

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R v Bina and Asemani

Prosecuting a couple who facilitated illegal immigration into the UK.

R v Salman Butt and Others

The trial of members of the Pakistan national cricket team for corruption (“match fixing”).

R v Simon Harwood

The trial of the police officer charged with the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests.

R v Mohammad Amir; Salman Butt

The appeal against sentence by members of the Pakistan national cricket team.

R v S; R v B; R v C; R v R

Appeals against conviction for sexual offences in four cases involving fresh medical evidence.

JB v Director of Public Prosecutions

An appeal by way of case stated involving consideration of the mens rea of a breach of a harassment order.

R v Hughes

An appeal involving the statutory construction of section 3ZB of the Road Traffic Act.

R v Sukhbir Dhillon

A successful appeal against conviction on the notoriously difficult grounds that the jury verdicts at trial were inconsistent.

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8 July

Gross negligence manslaughter trial

A paediatric nurse is on trial for gross negligence manslaughter following the death of a 10-year-old girl at Weston General Hospital in 2012.  Sarah Whitehouse QC and Adam Payter are...

24 April

Carl Beatson Asiedu Murder Trial

Sarah Whitehouse QC is instructed in the trial of Jeffrey Okafor, who is accused of murdering the CBBC presenter Carl Beatson Asiedu in 2009. Mr Okafor is accused of stabbing Mr Beatson outside a...