Sarah is developing a strong reputation in the field of education law and was recently ranked as an "up and coming" barrister in education law in Chambers and Partners. Sarah's expertise in education overlaps closely with related areas of her practice in public law and local government law and planning. Sarah has served as a school governor and led a successful campaign against cuts to short breaks provision for disabled children.
"Sarah Sackman is an extremely thorough, confident and competent advocate. Sources predict a fine future for her.'' Education Law, Chambers and Partners, 2014
Sarah advises and litigates on education law issues in relation to maintained and independent schools, universities and all other educational institutions. Sarah accepts instructions on:
- School closures and re-organisations, including creation/expansion of academies, free schools and grammar schools
- Disciplinary matters, challenges to decisions of governing bodies and Independent Review Panels
- Discrimination on grounds of disability, sex, race, religion and sexuality
- Special Education Needs (including challenges to SEN statements and Education, Health and Care Plans)
- Challenges to admissions procedures
- Higher Education matters including admissions, discipline and contractual disputes
- Educational negligence
Notable cases include:
- Ede v West Sussex County Council (2017) - instructed by Coram Children's Legal Centre in SEN appeal. Secured walking day placement for the successful applicant.
- Tam v Chancellors, Masters & Scholars of Cambridge University (2014) - (operation of limitation periods and ADR in Higher Education contracts. Permission granted to CA. Settled).
- R (oao Maxwell) v Office of the Independent Adjudicator  EWHC 1889 (Admin) - JR of OIA's jurisdiction to determine disability discrimination claims (junior to Gregory Jones QC).