Sarah is a Partner in the Family Department. Sarah has specialised in family law for more than 20 years. She is an accredited specialist with Resolution which is a National organisation of over 6500 family lawyers and other professionals committed to promoting an approach to family law which is sensitive, constructive, and cost effective. Sarah is also a Family Mediator and Collaborative Family lawyer.
She is an expert in all areas of family law and has particular experience in dealing with complex and high value financial cases.
Sarah is approachable and easy to talk to and she understands that for clients contacting a family lawyer for the first time is usually a very difficult thing to do. Her strength lies in delivering a friendly, professional, pro-active service to her clients. She is firm when required to be in the interests of her clients, and to “fight their corner”, but never aggressive which in her experience is usually completely counter-productive. She finds that a sensible, subtle and tactical approach is often most effective.
She is committed to finding the right solution for you and your family.
Sarah has recent experience of cases involving substantial assets, income and pensions. Sarah has worked recently for both wives and husbands where the question arises as to whether a wife who has stayed at home caring for children could or should go out to work. This is an area of family law which is evolving quickly and good advice is essential for either party.
Sarah has also worked on cases where the assets are not so significant and these can be the most difficult to resolve sensibly and to find a way forward which meets housing and income needs for both parties and the children.
Sarah has recently been involved in cases involving disputes about children such as the living arrangements for the children and permanent removal from the jurisdiction.
Sarah also has recent experience of drafting pre marriage agreements, co-habitation agreements, separation of co-habiting couples, and dissolution of civil partnerships/same sex marriages.
Sarah has written many articles which have been published locally and in the National press. She is also quoted regularly in the National Press. She writes a regular Question and Answer page for Essence Magazine. Recent published items include articles in The Times and Spear’s.
How to advise the silver splitters
Spousal maintenance: which is the most generous jurisdiction?
The Bank of Mum and Dad
Where birds dare
Try a Divorce Hotel, where an equal split is on the room-service menu
The best way forward...
Take some time...
Implications of pressure on the Family Court
Changes in family law
Agreeing your divorce...
Pre-nups may be about to become law, but does that mean it's happily ever after?
Mediation, the way forward
Behaviour, international issues and where children will live
Pitfalls of parental home loans
Shared parenting and a matter of trust
Negotiating stormy waters in the legal market
Essentially we provide a personal service to our clients
Family law: protecting women under Sharia
I want to start a new life in Australia with my two children but my former husband is refusing to let me go.
Outside of the office Sarah likes to work on being “balanced”, walking or cycling in the beautiful countryside, having fun with family and friends as well as cooking, gardening and “home-making”.
Sarah is married (but has been divorced) and has three children so she really does understand and empathise with the issues parents face when their relationship is ending and the needs of the children.
Before training as a lawyer Sarah worked in publishing and the fashion industry so she has life experience outside of the legal world which she feels helps her as a family lawyer.
Sarah is acknowledged in The Legal 500 UK 2016 as a recommended lawyer stating she is a ‘a first-rate family and matrimonial specialist’
The Legal 500 UK 2016
Sarah Duckworth handles matrimonial finance matters for high net worth individuals, with cases often involving jurisdictional and tax issues. One client comments: "She was empathetic and easy to talk to. I felt safe in her hands."
Chambers & Partners UK 2017