Sarah is an experienced practitioner who specialises in criminal and family matters involving high value assets and complicated financial arrangements.
As a well respected jury advocate known for her experience of lengthy, complex, high value fraud and money laundering cases, Sarah’s practice necessitates a knowledge and experience of international asset-tracing and complex off shore trust arrangements which is used within both her criminal and ancillary relief work.
She has a detailed knowledge of restraint and confiscation proceedings with experience in this area in the Appellate Courts, High Court and the Crown Court. She has particular experience of dealing with cases in which there are contemporaneous confiscation and ancillary relief proceedings, and is able to advise clients and deal with all aspects of both sets of proceedings.
Sarah is frequently instructed to advise on complex disclosure issues having advised the SFO, The Metropolitan Police, the Attorney General of Jersey and the OFT on disclosure problems and legal professional privilege.
Sarah is regularly instructed on behalf of the RSPCA to prosecute and is a grade 3 prosecutor on the CPS approved advocates panel on both the South Eastern and Western circuits. She is regularly instructed in cases brought by the SFO or CPS Fraud Groups and has experience of cases involving specific FSMA, CDDA and trademark offences. Her practice also includes regulatory work where she has experience in representing pharmacists at regulatory hearings and in the Crown Court.
Sarah is on the advisory board of a major UK car club, and advises the directors of the club on a range of legal matters.
Sarah speaks and writes regularly on her areas of expertise and is public access trained.
NOTABLE RECENT CASES
- R v Cole & another [Bristol Crown Court]: Defence counsel for an accountant alleged to have conspired with an employee of HMRC.
- R v Harris & others [Bristol Crown Court]: Junior defence counsel for lead defendant in lengthy trial alleging conspiracy to defraud against the directors of a building company.
- R v Smallman & others  EWCA Crim 548: One of a series of 7 nationwide prosecutions against different defendants alleging fraud arising out of the collapse of the Government ILA scheme. With the exception of two trials, Sarah acted as junior prosecution counsel throughout.
- R v De Rome & Others [Liverpool Crown Court]: Acted as junior prosecution counsel in successful SFO prosecution for a $30 million Ponzi fraud.
- R v Robertson  EWCA Crim 1289: Another reported case in the series of ILA prosecutions.
- R v Cushnie & Clough  EWCA Crim 962: Junior defence counsel for Mr Clough in the SFO prosecution arising out of the multimillion pound collapse of the Versailles group.
RECENT SEMINARS AND PUBLICATIONS
- July 2013: The end of independent journalism? An article exploring the potential implications of the case of Piper v Hales. Click here for article.
- ‘Robbing Peter to pay Paul? Ancillary relief v confiscation proceedings: what takes priority?’ New Law Journal, 11 May 2012.
- Author of the chapter ‘Fraudulent Trading and other frauds on creditors’ in Butterworths’ “Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure”.
- June 2011: Lecture on ‘An overview of proceedings before the General Pharmaceutical Council’.
- April 2011: Lecture on ‘Confiscation Proceeding and Civil Recovery Orders’
- Criminal Bar Association
- Family Law Bar Association
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
- Previous Chair of Young Fraud Lawyers Association (2003 - 2004)
Contact Sarah Wood
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7242 3555
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7242 2511