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The 36 Group

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Sarah Gaunt

Work 020 7421 8000
The 36 Group (The 36 Group)


A specialist in serious and complex crime, Sarah is known for both for her ability to deal with particularly sensitive cases with proficiency and for her ability to master complex cases within a short time frame. Sarah is a grade 4 prosecutor on both the Rape and the Serious and Organised Crime prosecution panels. Sarah has prosecuted as lead or sole counsel in murder, attempted murder and manslaughter trials and recently appeared before the Court of Appeal when setting the sentencing tariff in a case where the defendant had been convicted for manslaughter having “raped the complainant to death” (R v Doblys (2014)). Sarah has also, in the recent past, had a conviction for rape upheld in the Court of Appeal where the only evidence that the offence happened and the only evidence of identification came from a 4 year old child (R v T). She has also conducted other legally significant cases before the Court of Appeal, eg R v Feeley which altered the law with respect to the Indictments to be preferred upon a re-trial (R v Feeley [2012] EWCA Crim 720). Sarah has dealt with several trials concerning paedophilia, serial street sex attackers and multiple count historic sex cases (eg R v Cullen; R v Horne and Bull Jones; R v B and R v R). Sarah is adept at dealing with complex medical and/or other expert evidence and has conducted several trials which has involved evidence of this nature, Eg R v H (2013) involving the defence of insomnia (non insane automatism); R v Rogers (2012) (racially aggravated murder) involving diminished responsibility/loss of control and causation) and R v Horne and Bull Jones (2011) involving complex cell site analysis. Sarah has also successfully prosecuted several non sexual Serious and Organised Crime Cases trials, for example trials involving multinational car ringing (13 defendants) (as a junior) (R v Doherty and others); a high level conspiracy to rob ATM machines (2013) (R v Faulker and Fenlon) and serious and high-level drug conspiracy cases ( eg R v Curi, Mataj and Mataj (2014)). In the past Sarah has lectured within the field of criminal law and has written research papers for the International Criminal Law Conference and has conducted research on jury selection for a Parliamentary Select Committee. Sarah is also public access trained and is a CEDR qualified civil mediator.


Called in 1992, Lincoln’s Inn; Grade 4 prosecutor on both the Rape and Serious and Organised Crime panels.




Emmanuel Grammar School; Cardiff (LLB (Hons)) high 2:1, 1st in Criminal Law and a distinction in Constitutional Law, 1987-1989; Darwin College Cambridge (M.Phil (Cantab) 1990-1991 (2 distinctions awarded); Inns of Court School of Law (Very Competent) (Vice President of the Students Society) 1991-1992, (Very Competent). Scholarships awarded: ESRC scholarship; Lincolns Inn Major scholarship and the Lincolns Inn Denning scholarship.


France; sailing; flying; art and Chatreuse renovation.

Regional Bar : Midland Circuit


Within: Crime – Leading juniors

Sarah Gaunt - The 36 GroupPast work includes cybercrime, serious sexual offences and fraud cases.

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