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Sarah Hannett

Tel:
Work 020 7404 3447
Email:
Matrix Chambers (Matrix Chambers)

Position

Specialist in public law, human rights, discrimination and education. Recent cases include R v. Mackinlay [2018] UKSC 42 (notional election expenses), R (Steinfeld and Keidan) v. SSID [2018] UKSC 32 (opposite sex civil partnerships), Reilly v. Sandwell MBC [2018] UKSC 16 (whether dismissal of headteacher unfair), R (DSD) v. Parole Board [2018] EWHC 694 (Admin) (lawfulness of release of John Warboys), R (Elan-Cane) v. SSHD [2018] EWHC 1530 (Admin) (issue of passports with ungendered sex marker), Re M (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 2164 (contact arrangements between trans father and children), and R (Al-Hijrah) v. Ofsted [2017] EWCA Civ 1426 (whether segregation of pupils constituted sex discrimination).

Career

Called 2003; Lincoln’s Inn; Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (A Panel) (2017); Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel (B Panel) (2015); Pegasus Scholar (at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York) (2008); lecturer in law, King’s College, London (2000-05). Publications of note: ‘Special Educational Needs and Disability’ (with Aileen McColgan and Elizabeth Prochaska) (2017); contributor to Richard McManus QC, ‘Education and the Courts’ (2012).

Member

ALBA; PEBA; HRLA; ELAS.

Education

Millfield School; Penrice School; University of Nottingham (1998 LLB); McGill University (1999 LLM).


London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Sarah Hannett - Matrix ChambersConscientious, thorough and very good at putting clients at ease.

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Education

Within: Education – Leading juniors

Sarah Hannett - Matrix ChambersShe is undoubtedly excellent; a hardworking junior who is extremely sensible.

Within: Education

Matrix Chambers is ‘a leader in the field of education law and offers real strength in depth’. Members act for parents, pupils, schools, universities, local authorities and statutory bodies. Helen Mountfield QC and Sarah Hannett acted for the regulator in R v Ofsted in a successful appeal which established that gender segregation in schools without express statutory authority constitutes direct sex discrimination. Sarah Hannett also acted for parents in R (AA) v Governing Body of St Olave’s Grammar where children were excluded from school because they were not on track to get three grade Bs in their A levels. The case settled and led to the Secretary of State for Education issuing a statement making it clear the practice was unlawful.

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