Sarah Hutchinson

Partner

Sarah Hutchinson

Contact details

Accreditations

  • Legal 500 2016
  • Spear's Recommended

Career

Sarah joined Farrer & Co as a trainee in 2005 and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. She was made a partner in 2016.

Education

Christ's College, Cambridge University (MA); Nottingham Law School (Legal Practice Course, Distinction).

Memberships

Resolution (the former Solicitors' Family Law Association); FMA (Family Mediators Association).

is recommended for "her deep understanding of the emotional as well as the legal aspects of litigation".

Legal 500

Sarah is a partner in the family law team with an impressive practice in relation to both financial and children matters.  She is also a qualified family mediator.

Sarah immediately wins the trust of her clients and is completely committed to protecting their interests, whilst acting with sensitivity and discretion and considering the wider interests of the family. Both clients and other professionals consider her wise beyond her years and have described her as “a star”.  She was listed in the 2014 Legal 500 as having “a superb manner” and being “very down to earth”.  A client was recently quoted as saying "She's sensible, pragmatic, bright and incisive".

Sarah works on a broad range of complex private family law matters, both contentious and non-contentious. These include resolving complex financial issues further to a marital or relationship breakdown, disputes relating to children, pre and post nuptial agreements and co-habitation disputes. Sarah acts for a wide variety of clients including bankers and other professionals, landowners, entrepreneurs and homemakers, with an equal balance of men and women.

In particular, Sarah has extensive knowledge of the law relating to children, as well as the impact on children of relationship breakdown.  She was recommended in the 2016 Legal 500 “for her skill in private children disputes” and her “deep understanding of the emotional as well as the legal aspects of litigation”.

Sarah was listed in the Spear’s Wealth Management Magazine 2017 Index of Top Recommended Family Lawyers (having been named as a “Young Turk” in the Rising Stars section in 2015) and was also listed in the Private Client Global Elite 2017.

Sarah has written articles for the Resolution Review, Family Law and Farrer & Co’s Family LIFe briefing.  She also regularly speaks at international family law conferences and webinars.

Sarah has extensive experience of litigation but is also committed to achieving solutions outside of the court setting where appropriate and possible.  Sarah trained as a family mediator with the Family Mediators Association in 2015.

Sarah is part of the firm’s Schools Group and Safeguarding Unit, and has acted in cases involving serious welfare and safeguarding issues.

Sarah trained at the firm and was made a partner in 2016.

Articles Sarah has written include:

 

Resolution    Family Mediators Association

Recent Articles

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Reported cases

  • 17 March 2016
    BD v FD [2016 EWHC] (Fam) 595
    A case involving very substantial assets, largely inherited, and consideration of how the other spouse’s needs should be assessed. The court also considered the consequence of profligate spending by one spouse in the period leading up to the trial.
  • 08 July 2015
    KG v LG (No 2) [2015] EWFC 64
    A former wife’s successful application for an appeal where her former husband was guilty of non-disclosure at the time of the divorce regarding his interest in two trusts
  • 24 April 2015
    G v G [2015] EWHC 1512 (Fam)
    Application by a former wife in financial remedy proceedings seeking orders preventing her former husband’s legal team (leading and junior counsel, and solicitors) from continuing to act for him at a forthcoming hearing and redaction of his evidence.
  • 03 October 2014
    BD v FD [2014] EWHC 4443 (Fam)
    A maintenance pending suit application which was rejected by the court on the basis that the wife’s interim budget manifestly exceeded the standard of living of the marriage and court intervention was not required to ensure her interim needs were met.
  • 27 June 2012
    Y v Y [2012] EWHC 2063 (Fam)
    An important divorce case, involving a landed estate and inherited assets
  • 24 November 2006
    NA v MA [2006] EWHC 2900 (Fam)
    A rare case about a post-nuptial agreement.