Sarah Tresman > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration
  • Banking and financial services
  • Civil fraud and asset tracing
  • Company law
  • Insolvency and restructuring


Sarah is a versatile barrister with extensive client-facing experience. She specialises in commercial disputes in the areas of fraud and asset tracing, banking and financial services, insolvency and company law and international arbitration. Many of the matters she is involved in have an offshore element.

Sarah has spent significant periods of time working in-house in London, Norway, and the Cayman Islands. She has substantial experience appearing in the courts of England and Wales and the Cayman Islands.

She spent seven years at Twenty Essex followed by three years in the Cayman Islands as a litigation attorney with a top tier offshore law firm, Walkers. Whilst at Twenty Essex, Sarah developed a strong commercial practice across Chambers’ core practice areas.

During her time in the Cayman Islands, Sarah worked in the insolvency and dispute resolution department with a focus on litigation. She pursued work related to insolvency, civil fraud and asset tracing, contentious trust litigation, and provided legal services to global corporations, financial institutions, capital markets participants and investment fund managers.

In August 2019, she returned to Chambers, with significant expertise in civil fraud and asset tracing, company law, and commercial law. Since returning to Chambers, Sarah has appeared in the courts of England as sole advocate and as a junior in the British Virgin Islands. She has experience obtaining and responding to applications for freezing and proprietary injunctions, receivership orders, and Norwich Pharmacal relief.

Sarah is direct access qualified.


Called to the Bar 2008 (ENGLAND AND WALES); 2016 (CAYMAN ISLANDS).


  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Commercial Bar Association 


  • Inns of Court School of Law: Bar Vocational Course (2008)
  • University of Oxford: Bachelor of Civil Law (2007)
  • London School of Economics: Bachelor of Laws (2006)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Sarah TresmanTwenty EssexA fabulous lawyer, very clever indeed. She is determined to get to the right answer and her no stone unturned approach is just what is needed on high-value cases.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Sarah TresmanTwenty EssexShe can be depended upon to execute offshore work to the highest standard.

Praised  as ‘a brilliant offshore/civil fraud set‘, Twenty Essex has grown its offshore offering in recent years, with Andrew Ayres KC the latest addition with a notable practice in offshore litigation. 2020 silk Blair Leahy KC continues to advise in the BVI, Caymans and the East Caribbean on commercial disputes, insolvency and company law matters, including acting for the five claimants in $80m dispute Glen Moar Properties Ltd (and 4 others) v (i) Simon McNally (ii) Simon Cooper in the BVI, a claim involving allegations of breach of duty and knowing receipt against former management of a group of BVI and Manx investment companies. Stephen Atherton KC is a further name to note, leading Sarah Tresman in representing GHF Group and its related funds in two sets of large-scale fraud proceedings in the Cayman Islands.