Ms Sarah Cornish

Sarah is an experienced and compassionate barrister with over 20 years of experience having been called to the Bar at Grays Inn in 2002. She practices solely in family Law having transferred from a predominantly criminal practice in 2021. The skills honed at the criminal bar have proved invaluable when practising all aspects of family law. Sarah is a member of the Midland Circuit and Family Law Bar Association.

Sarah accepts instruction in financial remedies, public and private law children, and cases involving domestic abuse. She is qualified under the direct access scheme to accept instruction directly from members of the public.

A keen negotiator, Sarah always seeks the best outcome in cases involving finances during divorce. Her advocacy expertise covers the issues commonly found in cases in the family court, non-accidental injury, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, emotional harm, and neglect. Whether a case needs sensitive guidance towards an order by consent in the best interests of the children/parties or robust cross-examination at final hearing, she is adept at finding a way forward.

Her experience in dealing sensitively with vulnerable witnesses is exceptional. Sarah is developing a practice centred around the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and issues of Surrogacy.

Sarah adopts a client-centred approach and takes the time to explain the law in an easy-to-understand manner. She is approachable, ensuring that clients  involved in what can be a daunting experience in the courts, are kept informed and supported throughout the process. Sarah prepares thoroughly and delivers her advocacy in a concise and persuasive way to obtain the best outcome. In addition, she enjoys keen negotiation and complex legal arguments, which can result in cases resolving without the need for a contested hearing.

Sarah has successfully represented clients in financial remedy cases, public and private law children, surrogacy/HFE 2008. She regularly deals with cases where parties need the assistance of the courts to determine financial remedies post divorce including intervenor cases, child arrangement orders, public law and Depravation of Liberty cases for the local authority, parents and guardian.

Sarah’s clients have given positive feedback on her services: clients in a financial remedies case expressing their thanks as to both the way in which Sarah handled the case and relief that the case was concluded with a positive outcome.

A vulnerable defendant in a case of domestic violence describing her as “A Class act”.

“I could not have asked for a better barrister, Sarah Cornish’s capabilities of getting the desired outcome is astonishing. She fights a battle with confidence and a calm demeanour. I am extremely happy with the outcome and cannot thank her enough”


“I would highly recommend her and assure that you will not be disappointed”


“She was amazing and I couldn’t have wished for a better Barrister”