Sarah Elliott QC > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

Work Department

Criminal Law and Appeals


Sarah has a proven track record in achieving successful outcomes for clients and specialises in defending sexual allegations and homicide. ‘A fantastic trial lawyer – one of the very best cross-examiners of tricky witnesses ‘She lives breathes and sleeps her cases and is an arch strategist’ – Chambers & Partners 2019

Sarah only acts for defendants, meaning that her years of expertise are specifically honed ensuring that defendants get the best outcome. She has a strong reputation for winning unusual, complicated and demanding cases. Sarah knows the enormous stress and difficulty legal proceedings cause to clients and those close to them, and is skilled at dealing with the issues that arise with firmness and sensitivity.
Recent successful outcomes in 2019 and 2020 have included:

  • Successful defence of a rabbi accused by 4 men of historic child sexual abuse.

  • Securing the acquittal of one of Britain’s ‘Most Wanted’ on charges of multi-million-pound drug supply.

  • Obtaining a suspended sentence for a man who had pleaded guilty to arranging to meet a 13-year-old for penetrative sex.

  • Successful defence of a businessman accused of breaching a restraining order and stalking.

Sarah is available for advice at all stages of criminal proceedings and regularly provides consultations for individuals and their families at the very earliest stages of an investigation, pre-police interview and pre-charge.

She also is available for advice in criminal appeals or potential appeals and ‘second opinion’ work.

Consultations can either be available in person or via video conferencing/Skype.

Sarah accepts both privately and publicly funded instructions and accepts cases under the Public Access scheme.

She is also available by private instruction for a wide variety of criminal work and at all stages of proceedings.


Called 1996; Queen’s Counsel 2014; Recorder 2015.


Criminal Bar Association.


University of Sussex (BA Hons, sociology, 2:1); University of Brighton (CPE, commendation); ICSL (BVC, very competent).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Sarah Elliott QCDoughty Street ChambersHer core strengths are having an incredible attention to detail; but also an ability to step back from a case and provide overall strategic advice. Her cross-examination of witnesses perceived as being vulnerable is incredibly skillful. It is an incredibly difficult art; but Sarah is a master of it.