Sarah Foster > Freeths LLP > Oxford, England > Lawyer Profile

Freeths LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Sarah is the managing partner of the Oxford office of Freeths. She has twenty five years of managing disputes for her clients, with a particular emphasis on inheritance and trust disputes and professional indemnity claims. She heads the private client litigation team in Oxford and deals with a wide range of cases, including issues surrounding the validity of a will; claims against estates for financial provision; disputed trusts; and the removal of executors and trustees. She also acts for private individuals in disputed Court of Protection applications/proceedings during a person’s lifetime.

Sarah also has many years’ experience of dealing with claims made against professionals including legal, construction and financial professionals. She specialises particularly in legal or financial claims with a trust or probate background. She also advises on coverage disputes between insurers and insured.

Sarah is well known and has been praised by clients for her no nonsense, efficient and diligent approach. She is a fierce advocate of mediation, recognizing that in family disputes particularly, it can be an extremely useful tool to bring about early closure of disputes and at reduced cost.


Trained Lovells (now Hogan Lovells); qualified 1994; Wansboroughs 1994-97; Crutes 1997-99 (both now DAC Beachcroft); Henmans; then Freeths 1999 to date; partner 2003; managing partner 2013


Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS); affiliate member of Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP); Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA); Law Society.


Whitley Bay High School; University of Nottingham (1990 LLB Hons 2(:1)); College of Law, York (1991).


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Lawyer Rankings

South East > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

(Leading individuals)

Sarah FosterFreeths LLP

Freeths LLP is known for advising trustees, executors, and individuals disinherited from wills on issues including the challenges to the validity of a will and family trust disputes, as well as other high-value and complex cases involving contentious trusts. Practice leader Sarah Foster is an expert in alternative dispute resolution and acts as a litigation friend for minors requiring separate representation. Foster works closely with senior associate Sally Goodger, who deals with matters relating to wills, trusts, and estates.

South East > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Freeths LLP advises both South East-based and national charities on issues such as commercial and corporate negotiations, real estate issues, fundraising and partnership arrangements. Practice leader Nigel Roots is known for his work on literary estates and heritage property. Managing partner Sarah Foster acts on disputed trusts and the removal of executors and trustees, while Lesley Pollock advises on complex property transactions for charities.

South East > Insurance > Professional negligence

Freeths LLP‘s professional negligence team is skilled in handling a mix of both complex claimant and defendant matters for clients. Led out of Oxford by experienced practice head Duncan Crine, the group has expertise in claims across a range of industry sectors such as legal, financial, real estate and engineering. Managing partner Sarah Foster, who also jointly leads the team, is the key contact for trust and probate-related disputes. Highlighted for her ‘sensible approach’, property litigation head Clare Bellis specialises in professional indemnity matters.

South East > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Freeths LLP handles a full range of private client matters in an ‘efficient, reliable and discreet‘ manner. Nigel Roots specialises in acting as a trustee of complex inter-generational wealth structures, with a particular emphasis on trust reorganisations for wealthy business-owning families and historic landed estates. Roots leads the practice along with Sarah Foster, who defends claims made against legal professionals with a trust or probate element. Jane Maitland advises high net worth individuals, company directors, farmers, academics and authors on estate planning. Director Lisa Mark-Bell is ‘all one could hope for in a family solicitor‘.