Sara is an experienced dispute resolution specialist who focuses on commercial litigation and international arbitration. She advises clients on commercial disputes and risk management strategies. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
Sara advises clients involved in domestic and cross border transactions from the drafting of dispute resolution clauses to managing disputes. Her work involves all forms of dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation, expert determination, fast-tracked arbitration and conciliation.
She also advises clients in relation to arbitrations administered under the major arbitral rules, including ACICA, LCIA, ICC, SIAC, IAMA, HKIAC, International Cotton Association and ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules. Sara has been involved in arbitrations governed by a range of laws, including the laws of England, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Papua New Guinea.
Sara advises investors on investment protections provided under bilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements, including arbitrations under the ICSID Convention.
Sara works with corporate and sovereign clients in relation to major infrastructure, construction, joint venture, commodities and commercial contracts. She has particular experience in mining, oil and gas, financial services and technology sectors.
Sara has a Master of Laws from the University of London, Queen Mary College, School of International Arbitration.
Sara has a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Newcastle.
Before joining Sparke Helmore in March 2015, Sara spent six years at King & Wood Mallesons, where she worked in the International Arbitration team. During this time she acted for a Formula 1 driver against the Sauber team regarding the urgent enforcement of a Swiss arbitral award in Giedo van der Garde v Sauber Motorsport (2015) 317 ALR 792 (VSC); (2015) 317 ALR 786 (VSCA).