Sara’s practice consists of acting primarily for senior, often high-profile, individuals and corporate clients who find themselves the subject of criminal or regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Sara has represented clients being investigated/prosecuted by, amongst others, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO); Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (formerly the Financial Services Authority); Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA); Crown Prosecution Service (CPS); Information Commissioners Office (ICO); US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
Acted in the investigation into the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands into wide scale corruption amongst international property developers and government officials, during which Sara was admitted to the TCI bar.
Acted in the BAE SFO corruption enquiry.
Acted for a corporate in the largest SFO investigation into alleged criminal cartel activity in the pharmaceutical industry.
Acted in a number of high profile FSA/FCA cases, including acting for the former Finance Director of the main trading arm of Cattles PLC. The case which involved the collapse of a sub-prime lending institution was at the time one of the biggest regulatory market abuse cases conducted by the FCA’s Enforcement Division. Sara also acted in the parallel Financial Reporting Council (FRC) (formerly the Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board) regulatory/disciplinary proceedings.
Acting for a number of individuals in LIBOR investigations being brought by SFO, FCA, DOJ and CFTC.
Sara trained at Pannone in Manchester, qualifying in 2000. Sara left Pannone in 2003 to move to London, and in 2006 joined the specialist life sciences firm Roiter Zucker to represent a corporate defendant in an SFO investigation into an alleged price fixing and to build up the fraud and regulatory practice. In April 2010 Sara was approached to set up the London office of Pannone, where she stayed before joining Byrne and Partners in April 2014. Sara is a former chairperson of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association. Sara currently sits on the committee of the Female Fraud Forum, and the recently formed Fraud Lawyers Association.