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Sarah is an experienced white collar crime lawyer, whose practice is focussed on all aspects of business crime investigation, defence, compliance and risk mitigation.  Her key areas of specialism include anti-bribery and corruption, financial sanctions, fraud, anti-facilitation of tax evasion and anti-money laundering.

Sarah has particular experience in conducting internal investigations and defending both corporates and senior individuals in government and regulatory investigations, such as by the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority.  

Sarah also has a considerable compliance practice, covering not only ad hoc compliance queries but also the design, overhaul and implementation of compliance programmes and the development and updating of policies and procedures and internal training programmes.

Sarah’s experience covers a wide range of sectors including private equity, financial services, extractives, real estate, oil and gas, telecoms, gaming and manufacturing.

Previously, Sarah was an Investigative Lawyer with the Serious Fraud Office, where she specialised in the prosecution of complex, cross-border bribery and corruption investigations.  Sarah’s prosecution experience includes the first prosecution pursuant to the corporate offence under the Bribery Act 2010.

Sarah is a contributing author to Financial Regulation: Emerging Themes in 2022 – an extensive collection of articles around the themes of Sustainability & ESG; Talent & People and I&D; Regulatory Risk & Enforcement; Governance; Technology; and Changing Markets.

Practices

Representative Experience

  • Representing a global extractives company in respect of internal and governmental investigations into alleged bribery and corruption conducted by the SFO, DOJ, SEC and Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Acting for a global healthcare provider in respect of an internal investigation into alleged workplace misconduct, including fraud, sexual harassment and bribery
  • Acting for numerous professional services firms in respect of internal investigations into alleged audit related irregularities
  • Acting for a UK public manufacturing company in respect of an internal investigation into alleged bribery and money laundering across a number of Asian subsidiaries
  • Acting for a multinational chemicals manufacturer with regard to an internal compliance investigation and subsequent remediation programme implementation
  • Acting for a U.S. multinational in respect of a bribery related anti-corruption internal investigation in Italy and the UAE
  • Acting for a UK public manufacturing company in respect of an internal investigation into alleged breaches of EU and U.S. financial sanctions
  • Acting for a major private equity sponsor in respect of an internal investigation of a Greek portfolio company for alleged tax evasion and bribery
  • Representing various senior legal and compliance personnel, and senior executives in respect of SFO and FCA investigations
  • Assisting numerous clients across a range of sectors with transaction due diligence advice relating to anti-bribery, anti-money laundering and financial sanctions compliance
  • Assisting numerous clients manage EU/U.S. sanctions related conflicts of law issues, including the EU Blocking Statute