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    "An extremely thorough, confident and competent advocate."

    Chambers and Partners, Sarah Sackman

Sarah Sackman

Sarah Sackman

Year of call: 2008

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

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Sarah Sackman

Practice Profile

Sarah has a wide-ranging public law practice which spans Chambers' core areas. Sarah's work encompasses planning, housing, environmental, local government and discrimination law. She has particular expertise in housing and the delivery of social and affordable housing and provides strategic advice in unlocking the policy and legal barriers to housing delivery.

Sarah's experience covers the appellate courts at all levels including the Supreme Court as well as planning inquiries. She specialises in High Court work acting for claimants and public bodies alike. Notable clients include Shelter, the Mayor of London and a number of London Boroughs.

As a member of the Attorney General's Panel Sarah is regularly instructed by the Government. She is committed to publicly funded work and in appropriate cases acts pro bono.

Sarah has been recognised by Chambers and Partners as a leading practitioner in Public, Local Government and Planning Law. She is described in Legal 500 2020 edition as:

 “a highly talented public lawyer, she is very bright and has particular strength in dealing with complex tactical issues”.

Sarah holds an LLM from Harvard University with a specialism in cities, housing and urban planning. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the London School of Economics Cities Programme where she teaches on urban politics, decentralisation and housing delivery on MSc in City Design and Social Policy. She previously taught Public Law at Queen Mary and City universities and has published widely in academic and practitioner texts.

Recent highlights include:

R (oao Buckley) v Bath and North East Somerset District Council [2018] EWHC 1551 (Admin) - Successful Judicial Review of decision to redevelop social housing estate of 542 homes on grounds of failure to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty.

R (oao Buckingham) v NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group [2018] EWHC 2080 - Represented successful claimant in JR of decision to downgrade Corby Urgent Care Centre. Succeeded on all grounds: failure to consult, breach of s.14Z2 NHS Act 2006 duty to involve and breach of the PSED.

Canterbury CC v SSCLG & Anor [2018] EWHC 1611 - s.288 appeal on interpretation of permissive planning policies. Represented Secretary of State.

  • "She's very flexible at adapting to an unfolding situation and firm in here own views as well.  She is also very good at working in a team and taking a collegiate appraoch."  "Very reassuring and approahable for clients."  Chambers & Partners, 2020

  • "She stays calm when the pressure is on."  Legal 500, 2000

  • "She's very good, she knows her stuff, is very good with clients and writes very well." Chambers & Partners, 2019

  • 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.

Education & Teaching


  • LLM, Harvard Law School, LLM (Distinction) (Frank Knox scholarship)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, City University (Distinction)
  • BA in History, Queens' College, Cambridge, (First Class)

Teaching & Advocacy

  • Sarah served as a school governor for 4 years in Camden.
  • Sarah volunteers at Toynbee Hall Free Legal Advice Centre.
  • Judicial clerkship at the Supreme Court of Israel, Jerusalem (Inner Temple Scholarship) (2008).
  • Human Rights training at the British Council in Yangon, Burma (2013).


  • Education Law Association (ELAS) 
  • 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 and stood for Parliament in 2015.


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