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Sarah Forster

  • Call: 1976
"She's calm, cool, together, collected and strategically able to bring warring parties together in a way that doesn't make either party feel they are making concessions."
Chambers UK Bar Guide


Sarah Forster is an extremely experienced practitioner and trained family mediator who has specialised in family law for over 20 years.

Sarah practices in all areas of family law, specialising in cases where there are issues of mental health and capacity, separate representation of children, and vulnerable or challenging clients. Widely respected as an advocate who is tenacious and powerful but also humane and pragmatic, Sarah has expertise at all levels, including the Supreme Court.

Sarah also has some experience of ancillary relief both in practice, in mediation and when sitting as a Deputy District Judge.

Prior to returning to Garden Court Chambers in March 2016, Sarah was Head of Chambers at Fourteen, a specialist family set, for eleven years. She was appointed to the Principal Registry of the Family Division in 1995 and continues to sit there and, since 2015, in other family courts dealing with all forms of private and public law cases including family finance.

Sarah is trained as a family mediator for privately funded cases and is a member of ADRg’s Family Register and the Family Mediation Council Register. She is also qualified as a Family (children’s cases) Arbitrator.

Sarah is registered with the Bar Council to accept Direct Access work.

What others say

“She is calm, measured, and a stalwart ally when involved in a case.”
– Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019

“She’s calm, cool, together, collected and strategically able to bring warring parties together in a way that doesn’t make either party feel they are making concessions.”
 – Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018

“Recently moved from Fourteen, she has a wealth of experience of handling grave public law cases concerning vulnerable clients. She is also recognised for her management of challenging mediation proceedings.
“She’s a hugely respected junior who fights cases excellently. She really gets the best out of a case; she’s tenacious and has a good grasp of the issues.”
– Chambers UK Bar Guide 2017

“Her peers are quick to praise her eagerness to represent her client to the best of her ability. She has a broad practice and is highly experienced at dealing with children and financial issues. “She is efficient and very capable.” “Does all sorts of work and is very experienced. A very wise counsel who fights hard for her clients.”
Chambers UK Bar Guide 2016

“Mr X wished me to passed on his thanks to you… He was very complimentary of you at court and noted “she stands up at court and you can tell she knows what she is talking about. Always eloquent and truthful”
– Nikita Patel, Shepperson Solicitors

“I would like to say a big thank you for everything you have done for us. You were amazing at the court. I will definitely recommend you to anyone who might need your services.”
– Ms A (Public Access client)

Notable cases

Re MF (Contact on Adoption) [2014] 1 FLR 195

Re PC (Brussels II: Scotland) [2013] EWHC 236

Re D (Nigeria Fertility Clinic) [2013] 2 FLR 1419

Re S (C.O Starred Care Plan) [2002] UKHL 10

Re F (Use of Guardianship in mental health cases) [2000] 1 FLR 192 CA

Re G (Freeing Order) 2 FLR 202 HL


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