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Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building

Work Department

Public Law, Planning and Environmental Law, Education Law, Rating


Sarah has a wide-ranging public law practice which spans Chambers’ core areas. Sarah’s work encompasses planning, environmental, education, local government, social welfare and discrimination law.

Sarah’s experience covers the appellate courts at all levels including the Supreme Court as well as planning inquiries. She specialises in High Court work acting for claimants and public bodies alike. Notable clients include Natural England, Friends of the Earth and Shelter.

As a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel Sarah is regularly instructed by the Government. She is committed to publicly funded work and in appropriate cases acts pro bono.

Sarah has been recognised by Chambers and Partners as a leading practitioner in Planning Law and as one of the leading juniors in planning law under the age of 35 by Planning Magazine. The 2017 edition of Chambers & Partners (2017) described Sarah as:

 ‘a rising junior’ in the Planning Law. She is described as having “a very thorough strategic grasp and a light touch” and “she’s very good with clients”

Sarah holds an LLM from Harvard University with a specialism in public and urban planning. She is a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics Cities Programme where she has taught a graduate seminar on ‘Law and the City’ encompassing planning and human rights law for the past five years. She previously taught Public Law at Queen Mary and City universities and has published widely in academic and practitioner texts.

Recent highlights include:

R (oao Buckley) v Bath and North East Somerset District Council [2018] EWHC 1551 (Admin) – Successful Judicial Review of decision to redevelop social housing estate of 542 homes on grounds of failure to comply with the  Public Sector Equality Duty.

R (oao Buckingham) v NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group [2018] EWHC 2080 – Represented successful claimant in JR of decision to downgrade Corby Urgent Care Centre. Succeeded on all grounds: failure to consult, breach of s.14Z2 NHS Act 2006 duty to involve and breach of the PSED.

Canterbury CC v SSCLG & Anor [2018] EWHC 1611 – s.288 appeal on interpretation of permissive planning policies. Represented Secretary of State.


Called 2008; Inner Temple; joined FTB October 2009. In addition to her practice, Sarah is a guest lecturer at LSE Cities, has taught public law at Queen Mary College and at City University and has published articles in the field of public and local government law. Sarah volunteers at the Toynbee Hall (Free Legal Advice Centre) where she advises on housing, social security and immigration law. Before commencing pupillage Sarah was awarded an Inner Temple scholarship to clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel. She prepared legal opinions for Justice Melcer on comparative human rights and administrative law.


Spanish (fluent), French (good).


Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA); Human Rights Law Association (HRLA); Planning and Environmental Law Bar Association (PEBA); referral member for the Environmental Law Foundation.


Queen’s College, Cambridge (2006 BA History, first class); City University (2007 CPE, distinction); Harvard Law School (2011 LLM with Honours); holder of Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

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Sarah Sackman

Francis Taylor Building

She stays calm when the pressure is on.

London Bar > Environment

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Sarah Sackman

Francis Taylor Building

A highly talented public lawyer, she is very bright and has particular strength in dealing with complex tactical issues.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Leading Juniors -

Sarah Sackman

Francis Taylor Building

A talented public lawyer with expertise in local government.

Known for its planning expertise, Francis Taylor Building handles a range of work concerning local government, including business rates. Sarah Sackman represented a claimant from Braintree in a judicial review of the pilot of voter identification requirements in certain parts of England in the 2019 local elections.