Sarah Gaunt > The 36 Group > London, England > Lawyer Profile

The 36 Group
Gray's Inn, 4 Field Court
London
WC1R 5EF
England

Work Department

36 Crime

Position

Sarah Gaunt is an experienced criminal practitioner specialising in cybercrime, international justice and serious organised crime and complex criminal cases. She sits as a Legally Qualified Chair in police disciplinary proceedings and has been heavily involved in the Undercover Policing Inquiry since 2019. Known for her thorough preparation, excellent and accessible client/witness care and eloquent but robust advocacy, she has been graded 4 (highest grade) since 2012 on the general and specialist International Justice and Serious Organised Crime/ Rape and Serious Sexual offences prosecution lists.

She regularly deals with the country’s most complex and paper heavy cybercrime and international justice and serious organised crime cases, encompassing large scale international fraud and money laundering, homicide, and serious sexual offences. Recent cases include an estimated 50,000 complainant/£9 million loss multi-defendant cyber conspiracy conducted via a serious of fraudulent websites enhanced by vishing techniques, youth murder and a multi-defendant murder with a suspected serious organised crime background.

She regularly speaks at cybercrime seminars in London and countrywide, including at the Midlands Fraud Forum, at various events involving defence solicitors and to several specialist prosecution units in London and Birmingham. Sarah completed the certified course in Cryptocurrency and Disruption at the London School of Economics in 2019. A vulnerable witness and advocacy trainer at Lincolns’ Inn, she is committed to equality and diversity, providing input to various forums and research in this area.

In 2015 Sarah became a CEDR qualified mediator.

Work undertaken:

Cybercrime
International Justice and Serious Organised Crime
Financial Crime & Fraud
Homicide
Serious Sexual Offences
Professional Misconduct & Disciplinary Tribunals

Career

Called in 1992, Lincoln’s Inn.

Grade 4 prosecutor on both the Rape and Serious and Organised Crime panels.

Legally Qualified Chair (Police Disciplinary Hearings) (South East Region) (appointed 2019).

Mediator (CEDR accredited 2015).

Languages

English and French.

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
International Bar Association
Midland Circuit

Education

Emmanuel Grammar School; Cardiff (LLB (Hons)) high 2:1, 1st in Criminal Law and a distinction in Constitutional Law, 1987-1989; Darwin College Cambridge (M.Phil (Cantab) 1990-1991 (2 distinctions awarded); Inns of Court School of Law (Very Competent) (Vice President of the Students Society) 1991-1992, (Very Competent). Scholarships awarded: ESRC scholarship; Lincolns Inn Major scholarship and the Lincolns Inn Denning scholarship.

Leisure

France; sailing; flying; art and Chatreuse renovation.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Sarah GauntThe 36 Group

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Sarah GauntThe 36 GroupCertainly the one you want on your side.’

The 36 Group is a ‘good all-round chambers’ with a set of ‘good quality advocates’ and strong presence in the Midlands circuit. Mary Prior KC is ‘particularly good at questioning vulnerable witnesses’ and recently handled a murder case involving complex medical evidence. Sarah Gaunt handled a case of a widescale and country-wide sophisticated ATM theft conspiracy. Nadeem Holland prosecuted and convicted a thirteen-defendant drug conspiracy case, in which all defendants were convicted. Samuel Skinner is an ‘ambitious and astute lawyer with excellent judgement’ and prosecuted around 109 defendants in dozens of linked trials of conspiracy to supply drugs. Mary Loram KC and William Harbage KC, as were, have been appointed circuit judges, based in Chelmsford and Nottingham respectively.