March 30, 2022
Brief 5: Sarah Clarke QC on Improving Your Own Advocacy

In this 'Brief' episode, we have selected highlights from previous interviews. Sarah Clarke QC gives suggestions for what you can do to improve your advocacy.


This brief is taken from episode 4. Click here to listen to the full interview with Sarah Clarke QC.

Sarah Clarke QC

Sarah Clarke QC was called to the bar in 1994 and took silk in 2017, having joined Serjeants’ Inn Chambers in 2011 after a period of six years working in-house at what was then the Financial Services Authority (FSA). This experience contributed to Sarah’s renowned expertise in financial services, fraud and insider dealing, with Sarah having written the leading textbook on insider dealing law. Sarah also acted in R v Sanders and Others in 2012, one of the most significant UK insider dealing prosecutions to date, and the first involving parallel proceedings in the US Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice.

Sarah also practises in police disciplinary actions and represents medical professionals and Hospital Trusts at Inquests. She has a niche practice representing medical professionals in the Crown Court in respect of sexual and fraud offences and also prosecutes on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service and Service Prosecutions Authority. She was further appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2012 and was authorised to sit in cases involving Serious Sexual Offences in 2016.

Sarah has been described as a “formidable advocate” in court, particularly where it comes to witness handling and cross-examination. Sarah is a leading advocacy trainer both nationally for Inner temple and the prestigious “Keble” Advocacy Course, and internationally, including for the International Criminal Court, the Pakistan Prosecutors at the Special Terrorism Court, Lahore, and the Supreme Court for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo.