Sarah Read > Chambers of Martin Rutherford QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Martin Rutherford QC
15 New Bridge Street
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Sarah is a criminal law specialist. She is known for her meticulous preparation, tenacious and persuasive advocacy and her sensitive and personable approach. Sarah has significant expertise in dealing with vulnerable witnesses and defendants.



Sarah has a particular expertise in representing defendants charged with serious sexual allegations, including rape and online child abuse offences.

Sarah is also regularly instructed in cases that involve the full range of criminal conduct including drugs offences, serious violent crime and public disorder, matters of dishonesty and fraud. Sarah also represents prisoners in parole hearings and advises on issues that arise during prison life.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Sarah worked for a solicitors’ firm gaining experience in serious cases in the Crown Court. She was also a legal adviser to the magistrates’ court.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

‘A progressive chambers for the modern era’, crime specialists 15 New Bridge Street is ‘a solid and reliable set with good performers at all levels, enhanced by the presence of a few genuine stars’. Chambers has expanded of late following the arrival of new senior clerk Glenn Matthews, who arrived from 3 TEMPLE GARDENS with juniors Alexander Williams, Rupert Hallowes , Sarah Read, and Simon Smith. More recently, dual-qualified Kerry Moore has joined from 9 King’s Bench Walk. New senior clerk Matthews is ‘one of the most known figures in the criminal professional’ and his appointment at 15NBS ‘has further strengthen the team’. The clerks’ room provides ‘a good honest approach and you can rely on what you are told by them; there is no sales patter or bluster, simply an open, honest, and helpful approach’. ‘Amazing’ practice manager Joe Wheeler is ‘always calm and makes you feel like you are the most important firm’ and solicitors have ‘a high regard for his ability and initiative. If I task him with finding me counsel, he will and it will be somebody who is suitable to my client’s needs’. Fellow practice manager Tom Parker is described as ‘a cheeky chap that will bend over backwards to accommodate your requests. Extremely friendly and really does know his stuff’. Offices in: London

3 TEMPLE GARDENS isa prominent set in the field of white collar and serious crime’ with its members appearing in some of the most high-profile cases. In recent news, Jeremy Wainwright QC took silk in 2019 and chambers was further strengthened by the arrival of three new tenants – Justin Hugheston-Roberts, Puneet Grewal, and Richard Reynolds – from 9 Bedford Row. Meanwhile, Alexander Williams, Rupert Hallowes , Sarah Read, and Simon Smith moved to 15 New Bridge Street with former deputy senior clerk Glenn Matthews, while Karlia Lykourgou joined Doughty Street Chambers. The quality of the clerking team led by ‘responsive approachable’ senior clerk Gary Brown is ‘second to none’. ‘Very commercially astute’, Brown ‘is responsible for chambers being propelled as a player in the international market and they regularly receive instructions on heavyweight fraud cases crossing borders’. Michael Cross is the deputy senior clerk and William McKimm is the first junior clerk. Offices in: London

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Sarah Read15 New Bridge StreetAn excellent advocate, good at detail and tactics.