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'Superb understanding of the technical and academic aspects of the law’ Legal 500 2014:

Private Client: Trusts and Probate


‘brings substantial experience of trust taxation, wills and the 1975 Act to her well-regarded practice…provides clear concise advice… bright and very good on the details’

Chambers UK 2015: Traditional Chancery


‘stand-out junior…quick and clear… gets to the heart of matter…excellent on her feet'

Chambers UK 2015: Court of Protection Property and Affairs


'calm, unruffled and quick; her documentation and advices are exemplars of clarity and consideration'

Chambers UK: Traditional Chancery 2014


'impresses with her pragmatism'

Chambers UK: Court of Protection 2014


'thorough'

Legal 500 2013 : Private Client:Trusts and Probate


'exceptionally bright'

'one more to watch'

Chambers UK: Traditional Chancery

 

Practice

Sarah Haren has a busy practice in a wide range of Chancery work, both contentious and non-contentious, primarily comprising:

  • probate and the administration of estates
  • claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • trusts and related taxation
  • real property and landlord and tenant

Sarah regularly appears in the Court of Protection as well as the High Court and county courts. She also has experience of litigation in the Cayman Islands.

 

Professional Reputation

Sarah is recommended by Chambers UK as leading individual in the fields of traditional Chancery and Court of Protection and by the Legal 500 as a leading junior in the field of Private Client : Trusts and Probate.

 

Notable Cases

  • Graham-York v (1) York (2) Leeds Building Society [2015] EWCA Civ. 72- successfully appearing for the respondent in the Court of Appeal.  The appeal concerned the principles applicable to the quantification of beneficial interests under a constructive trust of the family home and the circumstances in which the burden of a mortgage may be thrown on the share of one co-owner by virtue of an ‘equity of exoneration.
  • Simon v Byford [2014] EWCA Civ 280, [2014] WTLR 1097- probate claim involving issues of testamentary capacity and want of knowledge and approval. Sarah represented the claimant at trial ([2013] EWHC 1490 (Ch.)) and with Penelope Reed Q.C. in the Court of Appeal.
  • Pullan v Wilson [2014] EWHC 126 (Ch.), [2014] WTLR 669 - defending a challenge to trustee remuneration.
  • Wood v Gorbunova [2013] EWHC 1935 (Ch.): concerning receivers’ right of indemnity from an estate.
  • JSC Aeroflot v Berezovsky [2013] EWHC 1210 (Ch): concerning the appointment of receivers to protect and collect in the deceased’s estate
  • Bennett v Petit [2013] EWHC 988 (Ch): 3 day probate action, establishing that a testator knew and approved his will despite being illiterate
  • Gorbunova v Berezovsky [2013] EWHC 76 (Ch): acting for the former partner of the deceased oligarch, resisting an application to discharge proprietary injunctions
  • Smales v Lea [2011] EWCA Civ 1325; [2012] PNLR 8: acting for the successful respondent in establishing a limitation defence to a claim for professional fees
  • TWM Trust Corporation Ltd v Attorney General and others [2010] All ER D 139 - construction of gift in will to unincorporated association
  • Re Horley Town Football Club [2006] EWHC 2356 - construction of a gift to an unincorporated association


Professional Memberships

Sarah is a member of ACTAPS and the Chancery Bar Association.

Publication and Lecturing

Sarah co-authored the fourth edition of Partnership (Bloomsbury) with Mark Blackett-Ord in 2012.

Sarah has written an article on Privacy Issues for Trustees in the Family Division for PCB Issue 1, 2016. You can read the article here.

Education

Sarah attended Oxford University, where she obtained a first class degree in Jurisprudence and a distinction in the BCL.