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Stewarts Law LLP

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Partner in the Aviation department. 

Sarah specialises in aviation related disputes resulting in death or injury claims in the UK and abroad. The claims she handles often involve jurisdictional arguments, issues of foreign law and the application of international conventions.

Sarah pursues individual and group actions to trial or settlement, acting in major air disasters, and fatal helicopter and light aircraft accidents in the UK, Europe and worldwide. She supports families through official accident investigations and coroner’s inquests (where relevant). She is fluent in French and represented French families in claims following the loss of Air France AF447 in 2009.

Sarah was instructed in the landmark case of Rogers v Hoyle [2014] EWCA Civ 257 [2014] 3 WLR 148, [2014] 3 All ER 550, in which the Court of Appeal held that air accident investigation reports produced by the Department of Transport are admissible in civil proceedings.

She also acted in Dusek v StormHarbour [2016] EWCA CIV 604, which established liability on the part of a UK employer for failing to adequately risk assess travel arrangements for its employee travelling abroad for his work.

Sarah is currently acting for families of victims of the Shoreham Airshow disaster as well as families of passengers on board AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which crashed into the sea off the coast of Indonesia on 28 December 2014.


Sarah joined Stewarts in 2002, becoming a partner in 2007. She qualified with Gregory Abrams in Liverpool in 1997 before moving to London where she spent five years in personal injury at Bolt Burdon in Islington.




Sarah sits on the Air Law Committee at the Royal Aeronautical Society and is a member of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers and the International Aviation Women’s Association.


St Mary’s RC High School, Hereford; Hereford Sixth Form College; University of Glamorgan (1994 LLB Hons 2(1); LPC Commendation).


Family, triathlon and skiing.

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London > Transport > Travel

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Stewarts Law LLP is regarded as ‘an outstanding law firm‘ for international injury claims, with clients extolling its efficiency and resources. The firm  represents only clients with severely disabling injuries, with its lawyers handling a limited number of cases to allow for a more thorough service. In the aviation industry, they are market leading, acting for families in 73% of all major aviation disasters on international flights including the death of over fifty passengers. Julian Chamberlayne, described as ‘the finest international personal injury lawyer of his generation,’ heads the aviation and international injury team; other notable individuals include Sarah Stewart, praised for her ‘wealth of experience,’ Scott Rigby, a partner of 16 years described as ‘clever, meticulous, and astute’ and ‘travel law starChristopher Deacon, a phenomenally capable individual’. Recently the team has acted for the families of victims killed in Shoreham airshow disaster and continues to work on the ongoing inquest.