Sarah is a Senior Associate with significant multi-jurisdictional experience in civil litigation and arbitration. She has advised and represented both private and public clients in complex commercial, fraud, regulatory, trust and insurance matters involving contractual, tortious and equitable claims. Sarah’s clients have included private equity firms, large multinationals, pension funds, banks, government entities, claimant groups and high net worth individuals. Since joining PCB in 2016 Sarah has acted and advised on multi-jurisdictional fraud claims, debt recovery actions, insolvency and enforcement proceedings, professional negligence claims, and joint venture disputes.
Previously Sarah worked as a senior solicitor at one of New Zealand’s premier specialist dispute resolution firms and as a Judicial Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand. Sarah was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2011 and has appeared as junior and sole counsel in the New Zealand District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. Sarah holds a Master of Laws with Distinction from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Dean’s scholar in 2016 and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours, a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Languages from the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Cases of note
PCB acted for the 9th to 42nd respondents in this €1bn claim brought by the liquidators of a Greek Telecommunications company against private equity interests under s423 of the Insolvency Act 1986. The litigation had originally been brought in the US, but was stayed on forum grounds at a relatively late stage in favour of England. The consequence was that at an early stage of the English proceedings, the parties agreed that the disclosure given in the US proceedings should stand as disclosure in the English proceedings. Subsequently, the liquidators sought that the respondents should undertake additional searches for documents. However, in view of the agreement previously reached, the evidence as to the careful steps taken in the US proceedings to ensure appropriate searches were undertaken for documents and the lack of any evidence that there were missing documents likely to be found, the Court declined the liquidators’ application.