Sara Masters KC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration
  • EU law/competition law
  • Private international law
  • Sale of goods
  • Shipping and commodities


Sara specialises in all areas of commercial law.

She has a particular interest in jurisdictional disputes, including jurisdictional issues in arbitration and in private international law and conflicts of law. Sara also has extensive experience in insurance and reinsurance, sale of goods, shipping (including shipbuilding and ship sale disputes) and commodities, construction, energy, and EU law, particularly competition law.

Sara has appeared in the High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Privy Council and before the European Court of Justice and Dubai International Financial Centre Courts. She is registered to appear before the Singapore International Commercial Court. Sara also appears frequently before arbitrators in a broad range of disputes both in the UK and abroad.

She accepts appointments as an arbitrator both in the UK and abroad. She has wide experience both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Sara is appointed to the panels of arbitrators for the SCMA, CIETAC and SIAC Reserve.

Sara is also a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited mediator.


Year of call: 1993
Year of QC: 2012


French (fluent); Italian (conversational)


  • ArbitralWomen
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • International Congress and Convention Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • LCIA European Users’ Council
  • LMAA


  • Universite Libre de Bruxelles: licence speciale en droit europeen, Grande distinction
  • University of Cambridge, Trinity College: MA

Lawyer Rankings

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Sara Masters QC – Twenty EssexA first-class advocate who can see the wood for the trees.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Sara Masters KCTwenty Essex

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Sara Masters KCTwenty EssexSara is very good technically but also a good strategist. She has been great at hearings and we particularly like her results driven approach, focusing on the important points. She understands the arbitrators’ perspective.’

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Sara Masters KCTwenty Essex ‘Excellent both technically and in handling clients, she is very good at bringing on juniors and creates very well-balanced teams.’