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Sarah Nuttall

Barrister - Call 2011

Practice Profile

Sarah joined New Court as a tenant after successful completion of her pupillage. Sarah first obtained a Psychology degree at Exeter University before converting to law and being called to the Bar in 2011.

Sarah practices in all areas of family law with a particular focus on private and public law children proceedings. She accepts instructions on behalf of local authorities, parents, children and prospective adopters.

Before joining New Court, Sarah gained invaluable experience assisting the head of the family department at a large Somerset firm in a number of complex cases involving issues of capacity, learning difficulties and international elements. Key to her success in this position was her earlier experience as a fee-earner at two well-known law firms in Devon and Somerset where she gained solid foundations in both prison and mental health law. This experience was further complimented by Sarah’s volunteer work as an Appropriate Adult and as a representative with Bristol Law School’s domestic violence pro bono scheme.

Sarah has a particular interest in cases involving adults or children with mental health issues, learning difficulties or complex needs.

Recent Cases

  • Eight day final hearing in care proceedings where the risk to the child focused on significant and serious non-accidental injuries to the child’s older siblings subject to previous proceedings. Sarah was instructed throughout the course of these proceedings;
  • Care proceedings involving international issues with one parent and family members residing in Egypt in addition to parental mental ill health;
  • Financial remedy proceedings where one party lacked capacity to litigate and was represented through the Official Solicitor;
  • Care proceedings involving concerns of fabricated/induced illness thought to be caused by strongly held religious beliefs;
  • Private law proceedings children proceedings where one parent had significant mental health issues and fluctuating capacity.


  • BA(Hons) Psychology, University of Exeter
  • Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination(GDL/CPE), Bristol Law School
  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), Bristol Law School


  • Winner of the Albion Chambers and Bristol Law School Advocacy Competition;
  • Runner-up in the Guildhall and Bristol Law School Advocacy Competition;
  • Honourable Mention from Gray’s Inn for performance in the final Pupil Advocacy Assessment.

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