Sarah Steinhardt > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers

Work Department


Sarah is the joint head of the Housing and Social Welfare Team.

Sarah Steinhardt specialises in housing and community care, education and discrimination law, and in related public law.

Sarah is particularly noted for her expertise in discrimination in housing and other discrimination outside of the employment field, and she enjoys working proactively and imaginatively to achieve positive outcomes for vulnerable clients. She is astute to public funding issues and costs and always happy to discuss possible strategies at an early stage.


Sarah is also a Deputy District Judge.


Housing Law Practitioners Association

Education Law Association

Discrimination Law Association


BVC (Harmsworth Scholar, Middle Temple), BPP (2008)
LLM Human Rights (First Class, First in Year), London (2007)
GDL, BPP (2006)
BA (Hons) History of Art & Fine Art, London (2002)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Sarah SteinhardtDoughty Street ChambersSarah is a first-rate advocate in Court. She is particularly adept at identifying challenges under the Equality Act 2010 and applying that in the context of housing cases.

At Doughty Street Chambers, recent instructions include Zia Nabi representing the claimants in Elkundi & ors v Birmingham City Council, a Court of Appeal case concerning the main housing duty and the question whether the duty to secure suitable accommodation is immediate under Part 7 Housing Act 1996. The case was heard together with R (Imam) v Croydon, in which Sarah Steinhardt represented the claimant in a claim for mandatory relief where the council was in admitted breach of the duty under section s.193(2) Housing Act 1996 and which included a claim in respect of the council’s failure to make reasonable adjustments to its processes under the Equality Act 2010 in light of the claimant’s needs as a disabled person. In June 2022 Lindsay Johnson moved to Cornerstone Barristers.

London Bar > Education

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Sarah Steinhardt – Doughty Street Chambers ‘Sarah is hugely knowledgeable when it comes to the interface between disability, discrimination and education law. She is very hardworking, possessing great judgement and a keen eye for detail.