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East Sussex
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Sarah Forster

Andrew Judge

Called 1976   |   Email: ptuffs@westgate-chambers.co.uk

Area of Practice

Family and Criminal. Specialising in complex public/private child law and vulnerable adult cases.

Notable Cases

  • Re G (1997) 1 AER 534 (HL) (Freeing for Adoption)
  • Re H (1996) CA (Education excluding a pupil:JR)
  • R v. Zywina (1984) CA (Arson: sentence of nurse with psychiatric problems)
  • Re F (Mental Health Act, Guardianship) CA 2000) 1 FLR 192
  • Re S (Minors) (Care Order) HL (2002) 1 FLR 815
  • Re W (Minors) (Care Order) HL (2002) 1 FLR 815


Qualified Child Arbitrator

North London Collegiate School

Birmingham University LLB (Hons)

Diploma in Law and Medical Ethics(Kings, London)1986

Professional Associations

Family Law Bar Association

Association of Lawyers for Children

Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Abortion Law Reform Association



Additional Information

Sarah acts for local authorities, parents and children and brings to her practice the benefits of previous exposure to multidisciplinary expertise, breadth of experience, analytic approach and a healthy dose of pragmatism. Although good judgment and a realistic approach have led to few cases “blowing up” Sarah has twice taken cases to the House of Lords and has had numerous appearances in the Court of Appeal.

Sarah Sits as Deputy District Judge in the Principal Registry of the Family Division.

She is registered with the Bar Council as able to accept Direct Access work and has recently trained as a Family Mediator (with ADRg) for privately funded cases and is a member of ADRg’s Family Register.

Sarah speaks French and Spanish.