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    "An extremely thorough, confident and competent advocate."

    Chambers and Partners, Sarah Sackman

Sarah Sackman

Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Year of call: 2008

Practice areas: Planning, Environment, Licensing, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, Major Infrastructure Projects, Local Government, Ecclesiastical Law and Religious Liberty, Rating, Public Law, European Law

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Sarah Sackman

Practice Profile

Sarah has a wide-ranging practice in public law. Sarah's practice encompasses planning, environmental, education, social welfare law, housing, EU law, discrimination/equality and regulatory judicial review. Sarah acts for claimants and respondents alike and has advised a range of public authorities, NGOs, charities and private clients. She has appeared as junior in the Supreme Court and unled in the High Court and Court of Appeal.  

Sarah is on the Attorney General's C Panel and is regularly instructed by the Government. Sarah is committed to publicly funded work, as well as privately funded and public interest litigation. In appropriate cases, Sarah acts pro bono.

Sarah holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and is a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics Cities Programme where she teaches public law and urban politics.

  • Sarah is recommended in Chambers & Partners 2017 as a 'rising junior' in Planning Law. She is described as having "a very thorough strategic grasp and a light touch"  and "she's very good with clients".

  • Sarah has also recently been recommended in Education Law. She is described as "an extremely thorough, confident and competent advocate. Sources predict a fine future for her", Chambers & Partners 2014.

Practice Areas and Significant Cases

Education & Teaching


  • Harvard Law School, LLM (with Honours)
  • City University, Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)
  • Queens' College, Cambridge, BA History (First Class) (2006)

Teaching & Advocacy

  • Sarah served for 4 years as a governor of a state primary school in Camden.
  • Sarah volunteers at Toynbee Hall Free Legal Advice Centre where she advises on housing, social security and debt.
  • Foreign law clerkship at the Supreme Court of Israel, Jerusalem as Inner Temple Scholar.
  • Human Rights training at the British Council in Yangon, Burma and at the Yangon School of Political Science.


  •  Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Human Rights Law Association (HRLA)
  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
  • Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA)

Sarah speaks fluent Spanish.



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FTB Annual Planning Forum Birmingham, 18 June 2018

This half day afternoon seminar will provide an opportunity to be informed about and discuss the latest developments in planning with some of the leading barristers in the field.