Sarah Forster

Year of Call: 1976

"She is calm, measured, and a stalwart ally when involved in a case."

Chambers UK, 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, 2018

"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."

Chambers UK, 2017

"Mr X wished me to thank you. He was very complimentary and noted: 'She stands up at court and knows what she is talking about. Always eloquent and truthful'."</p>

Nikita Patel, Shepperson Solicitors

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Sarah practises 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. Tenacious and powerful but also humane and pragmatic, Sarah has expertise at all levels, including the Supreme Court.

FAMILY LAW: CHILDREN'S LAW

Overview

Sarah is an extremely experienced practitioner and trained family mediator who has specialised in family law for over 20 years. She undertakes family practice in all levels of courts, up to and including three Supreme Court cases, the latest in June 2017. Sarah has acted as: Deputy District Judge (family); Mediator (family), since 2012; and Arbitrator (children), since 2016.

She 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. Sarah is also qualified as a family arbitrator (children's cases).

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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Mental Health Law

Sarah has key expertise in mental health matters.

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FAMILY LAW: FINANCIAL DISPUTES AND SOLUTIONS

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

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Background

Prior to returning to Garden Court Chambers in March 2016, Sarah was Head of Chambers at Fourteen, a specialist family set, for 11 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.

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Education

  • North London Collegiate School
  • Birmingham University (LLB (Hons))
  • Kings, London (1986 diploma in Law and Medical Ethics)

Professional Membership

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
  • Abortion Law Reform Association
  • Liberty

Languages

  • French (basic)
  • Spanish (basic)

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