Meet The Barrister: Sarah Evans

Sarah has been a family law specialist for over 20 years and has practised as a Barrister on the Western Circuit since 2004. She specialises in cases involving that were formerly known as contact and residence issues, and removals from the jurisdiction. 

We spent 5 minutes with Sarah to ask her some questions about her life.

Q: What do you love most about Exeter?
A: Exeter is the capital of the West Country, my beloved adoptive home. I cannot imagine why anyone would want to live anywhere else in the UK.

Q: What do you think makes the Magdalen Chambers (MC) stand out from the rest?
A: MC are an incredible progressive set of chambers and have embraced and adapted to changes not only the legal profession but also to living in the current world, whilst many chambers remain locked in musty old traditions. Advances such as direct access and adopting new alternatives to cases such as Arbitration are key and MC continues to evolve and adapt to new challenges. I love being a part of that and MC has given me the freedom and opportunity to develop in this way.

Q: What do you love most about being a direct access barrister?
A: I love being able to be involved with the case directly and to be able to shape the case, preferably from the outset. I enjoy the direct contact with the client and the team relationship that develops. Many of my direct access cases are incredibly complex cases which often have gone on for years prior to my involvement and involve serious issues of parental alienation. I enjoy the challenge of trying to turn a case around and make things better for the children and the family as a whole.

Q: Who inspires you?
A: My family and friends, especially my son.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in the World?
A: The Principality (Millenium) Stadium in Cardiff. And my home.

Q: Who would you like to swap places with for a day?
A: My dogs.

Q: What book are you reading?
A: The Perfect Puppy by Gwen Bailey.