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Sarah Crowther is a specialist in all claims for injury, illness or accident involving an international element.
Her practice is wide ranging, from cases of catastrophic injury in road accidents against foreign insurers or involving foreign nationals, to others with significant EU law issues. She regularly advises on jurisdiction and applicable law disputes and has appeared in recent high profile appeal cases on applicable law in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Sarah regularly acts in the High Court for both claimants and defendants, Sarah balances a “commercial approach” with a “compassionate nature”.
She undertakes all kinds of personal injury and clinical negligence work, including asbestos-related illness claims.
Sarah has a public law and human rights practice, which focusses on discrimination, especially in the supply of goods and services and employment fields. She has appeared successfully in the employment tribunal, High Court and EAT.
Notably, she has appeared in the leading cases on religious rights discrimination, including representing the Christian hoteliers whose refusal to supply a same-sex couple with a double-bedded room led to the Supreme Court and currently, in Northern Ireland, where she acts on behalf of the bakery which refused to bake a cake with a message promoting same-sex marriage.
Sarah acts for both claimants and defendants in a full range of personal injury disputes, including both catastrophic injury claims, such as spinal injuries and also fatal accident claims. She handles employer’s liability claims, including asbestos-related illness claims, public liability claims, road accidents and consumer claims. Sarah frequently writes and speaks on personal injury topics.
She is General editor and a contributor to the APIL Guide to Accidents Abroad (Jordans), July 2013, a comprehensive practitioners’ text on all aspects of personal injury claims with an international element. She has contributed to Jordans online legal information service and has contributed to New Law Journal on personal injury and conflicts topics.
Speaking engagements include: APIL special interest group on claims against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau involving accidents abroad; APIL annual conference (Using Rome II and claims under foreign law) and also on the service regulation and direct claims against insurers.
Marshall v MIB  EWHC 3421 (QB), Dingemans J 92 December 2015) Conflict of Laws – Uninsured drivers – Applicable Law – Fatal accident claims – French law – EU law
Moreno v MIB  EWHC 1002 (QB);  Lloyd’s Rep IR 535 (Gilbart J, 17 April 2015) Conflict of Laws – Uninsured drivers – Motor Insurance directives – EU – Insurance – Applicable Law – Personal Injury – Catastrophic injury
Hyde v SARA Assicurazioni  EWHC 2881 (Ch) QBD (Judge Moloney QC) (Lawtel 30 July 2014) Conflict of Laws – Italian law – Direct right against insurer – Policy indemnity limits – Costs
Cox v Ergo  UKSC 22;  2 W.L.R. 948;  2 All E.R. 926;  R.T.R. 20; Times, April 14, 2014;  EWCA Civ 854 (CA),  RTR 11 (First Instance) Conflict of Laws – Wrongful Death claims – question of whether action could be brought pursuant to Fatal Accidents Act despite German applicable law – use of foreign law expert evidence
Wink v Croatia Osiguranje DD  EWHC 1118 QBD (Haddon-Cave J) (Lawtel) Conflicts of Laws – jurisdiction – tort gateway CPR 6.36 – forum non conveniens – direct action against insurer – Croatian law – whether damage sustained in jurisdiction sufficient to establish claim before English courts
Cox v Ergo & Ministry of Defence  EWCA Civ 1101 (CA) Conflict of Laws – Assignment – Choice of Law – Rome I and Rome Convention – whether wrongful death claim validly assigned to MoD under German law
Bacon v Nacional Suiza Seguros y Reaseguros  EWHC 2017 (QB)  ILPr R 46 Direct action against insurer – Spanish law – Foreign expert evidence – Catastrophic injuries – Road traffic – Temporal scope of Rome II Regulation
Howe-Jones v FirstAssist & Another  EWHC 3909 Montreal Convention – international carriage of passengers by air – clinical negligence – whether development of pressure sores ‘accident’ – Convention limits – application of Convention and identity of carrier
Hartwell v AG for British Virgin Islands  UKPC 12;  1 WLR 2473 Vicarious liability – Employer’s liability – Scope of course of duties test – whether police force liable for injuries sustained by British tourist wounded by off-duty officer’s gun. Assessment of damages in BVI
Appointments & Memberships
- Bar Council Member
- South Eastern Circuit Committee Member
Areas of Law
- Clinical Negligence
- Product Liability
- Employment & Discrimination
- Law In Sport
- Personal Injury
- International Illness, Injury & Travel
- Professional Negligence
- Public Law
“A tenacious advocate, who knows her stuff.” Travel, Legal 500 2017
“Extremely confident, and a powerful and committed advocate.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2017
“She is an excellent barrister with good judgement and client care skills.” Employment, Legal 500 2017
“She has a first-class grasp of the applicable legal principles and clearly empathises with clients.” Consumer, Legal 500 2017
“Sarah is excellent on technical points of law and is a persuasive and tenacious advocate.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She’s extraordinarily bright, has a good bedside manner with clients and is both tough and pleasant.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She’s a real specialist in jurisdiction and applicable law, who knows the legislation like the back of her hand.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She picks up all the issues quickly and takes a pragmatic view on tactics.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2016
“Very impressive advocacy skills; her questioning is precise and her cross-examination is very effective.” Employment, Legal 500 2016
“She has great experience across all first instance and appeal courts.” Consumer, Legal 500 2016
“She is practical, focused, tremendously fun to work with and someone who always appears to be one step ahead.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2016
“She explains complex legal issues in such a way that after she’s finished you feel as if a cloud has been lifted.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2016
“A very tenacious advocate, who is very persuasive and always thoroughly prepared.” “She can be relied upon to provide robust and commercial advice, whilst also showing a caring and compassionate nature when meeting with lay clients.” Chambers & Partners 2015
“She is a very able advocate who wins the respect of the court, clients and opponents with her straightforward, friendly and common-sense approach.” Chambers & Partners 2015
“She is great with clients and witnesses, developing a good rapport and putting them at ease.” Employment, Legal 500 2015
“A very good team player, full of good ideas and suggestions.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015
“She has a fine legal mind but is still approachable and down to earth.” Legal 500 2014
“Supportive and client friendly.” Legal 500 2014