Sabrina Polak

Sabrina Polak

BarristerCall 2012

Sabrina joined chambers in January 2016, having previously practiced on the North East Circuit at Parklane Plowden Chambers, and is a specialist family law barrister with experience in all areas of family law. Sabrina was shortlisted for the Jordan’s Family Law Young Barrister of the Year 2015.

Sabrina regularly acts for Local Authorities, parents and children. She has represented parties at interim removal hearings, case management hearings, issues resolution hearings and final hearings. Sabrina has been involved in cases involving neglect, non-accidental injuries and sexual abuse.

Sabrina also has experience in representing Local Authorities in Public Interest Immunity cases at the Crown Court.

Sabrina has represented parents in private law children proceedings. She has experience of child arrangements order applications and finding of fact hearings. Sabrina also has experience of specific issue order and prohibited steps order applications, applications for temporary leave to remove from the jurisdiction, cases involving internal relocation and cases involving change of name applications and applications in respect of parental responsibility. She has appeared in the High Court.

She has a good understanding of religious matters.

Sabrina has acted for applicants and respondents in non-molestation order and occupation order applications under the Family Law Act 1996. She has experience of without notice hearings and contested final hearings.

Sabrina has experience of Court of Protection cases. In particular, she has an understanding of the deprivation of liberty safeguards as well as welfare, property and financial affairs.

  • Six day Final Hearing in care proceedings acting for the Local Authority involving parents with borderline learning disabilities.
  • Care proceedings where the Mother lacked capacity to litigate and was represented through the Official Solicitor.
  • Represented a Mother in a successful relocation application.
  • Private law proceedings involving a child arrangement order application and an application to temporarily remove the children to Mexico for a holiday.
  • Acted on behalf of one of five Respondent’s in cross-applications for non-molestation orders where each party required an interpreter.

Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent, Manchester Metropolitan University (2012);

LLB (Hons) 1st class degree, University of Leeds (2011);

  • Sabrina was shortlisted for the Jordan’s Family Law Young Barrister of the Year 2015
  • Pump Court Tax Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Winner of the University of Leeds senior years mooting competition (2010-2011)

Swift v Dr Edbrooke (case report): Infertility claim succeeds against GP (Clinical Risk, September 2013)



Data Controller

I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a Data Controller for the personal data that I hold and process as a barrister. My registered address is New Court Chambers, Temple, London EC4Y 9BE and my registration number is Z3580809.


Data Collection

All of the information that I hold about you is provided to or gathered by us in the course of your case and/or proceedings. Your solicitor and I will tell you why we need the information and how we will use it.


Lawful Basis for processing your information

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires all organisations / individuals that process personal data to have a Lawful Basis for doing so. The Lawful Bases identified in the GDPR are:

·      Consent of the data subject
·      Performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract
·      Compliance with a legal obligation
·      To protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
·      Performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.
·      The legitimate interests of ourselves, or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject.


Examples of legitimate interests include:

  • Where the data subject is a client or in the service of the controller;
  • Transmission within a group of undertakings for internal administrative purposes;
  • Processing necessary to ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access;
  • Processing for direct marketing purposes, or to prevent fraud; and
  • Reporting possible criminal acts or threats to public security.


My Lawful Basis is:

·      Your consent
·      To protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
·      Compliance with a legal obligation


My Legitimate Interest is:

·      You are a client
·      The processing is necessary for administering justice
·      The processing is necessary in relation to legal proceedings, for obtaining legal advice, or otherwise for establishing, exercising or defending legal rights

I use your information to:

  • Provide legal advice and representation
  • Communicate with you about services, updates and events


I do not use automated decision-making in the processing of your personal data.


I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. This includes:


Client data

  • Name;
  • Email;
  • Phone number;
  • Address;
  • Date of birth;
  • Location details;
  • Medical history and current medical health;
  • Criminal convictions;
  • Social work involvement;
  • Ethnic origin;
  • Religious background.


I may share your personal data with:

  • Instructing solicitors;
  • Pupil or mini pupil, under my training;
  • Opposing Counsel, for the purposes of resolving the case;
  • My Chambers management and staff who provide administrative services;
  • My regulator or legal advisors in the event of a dispute or other legal matter;
  • Law enforcement officials, government authorities, or other third parties to meet our legal obligations;
  • Any other party where I ask you and your consent to the sharing.


Transfers to third countries and international organisations

I store my case files on Dropbox which is a cloud hosted environment based in the US.

Dropbox relies upon a variety of legal mechanisms for its international transfer of personal data from the EU to the United States. Dropbox is certified under the EU-US and Swiss US Privacy Shield Programs regarding the collection, use and retention of personal data and its transfer from the EU and Switzerland to the United States.

In addition to the Privacy Shield, Dropbox also provides strong contractual guarantees around the privacy of its services and relies on the EU Model Contract Clauses to cover its international transfers of data.

I am satisfied that such transferred data is fully protected and safeguarded as required by the General Data Protection Regulation.


Retention of data

I retain your personal data while you remain a client unless you ask me to delete it.


My Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long I hold data for and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. I will delete or anonymise your information at your request unless:

  • There is an unresolved issue, such as claim or dispute;
  • I am legally required to; or
  • There are overriding legitimate business interests, including but not limited to fraud prevention and protecting customers’ safety and security.


Your Rights

The General Data Protection Regulation gives you specific rights around your personal data. For example, you have to be informed about the information I hold and what I use it for, you can ask for a copy of the personal information I hold about you, you can ask us to correct any inaccuracies with the personal data I hold, you can ask us to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or in some circumstances ask us to stop processing your details. Finally, if I do something irregular or improper with your personal data you can seek compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred. You can find out more information from the ICO’s website and this is the organisation that you can complain to if you are unhappy with how I dealt with you.


Accessing and Correcting Your Information

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I will occasionally update my Privacy Notice. When I make significant changes, I will notify you of these by email. I will also publish the updated Notice on my website profile.



Data Protection Policy available on request.