Sarah Przybylska


Sarah Przybylska

"Focussed, economic and elegant submissions." 

Judgment of Rafferty LJ, R v RS, Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), June 2014

Sarah prosecutes and defends in cases of the utmost seriousness, including homicide, fraud, drug trafficking and sexual offences. She is security-cleared and routinely deals with extremely sensitive matters. In addition to her work in crime and fraud, she has an extensive practice in healthcare regulation

Sarah has been placed on the CPS Advocate Panel at Level 3, and is a member of the CPS Rape Panel. She is regularly instructed as a led junior for the prosecution, and has recently acted in trials for CPS Homicide, RASSO and a number of Complex Casework Units, in matters investigated by the Flying Squad, SCD1, Operation Trident, the Trafficking & Kidnap Unit and the UK Borders Agency. As a result, she has particular expertise in bad character in the context of gang prosecutions; in PII and complex disclosure, notably in relation to sensitive material and investigation techniques; and in third party disclosure issues arising from child abuse prosecutions. Current and recent cases have involved "loss of control" manslaughter, conspiracy to rob, child sex trafficking, conspiracy to rape, conspiracy to murder, transfer of firearms, driving offences involving death, money laundering and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. 

Sarah also has substantial defence experience, both led and alone. She is regularly instructed to appear alone in serious matters such as rape and conspiracy to defraud, and has recently been led in cases including allegations of murder, drugs importation, and rape and human trafficking.  

In her professional disciplinary work she acted for the General Social Care Council over several years, and has acquired a wealth of experience at first instance and appeal, including both conduct and health matters. She has assisted the Nursing and Midwifery Council with case preparation and assessment of evidence prior to submission of the case to the Investigation Committee. As well as acting on behalf of regulators, she has considerable experience of defence work in interim orders hearings, substantive conduct and health cases at the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council and other healthcare regulators, including on a public access basis. She has also undertaken cases at the General Dental Council, and ranked by the Chambers UK directory a "Band 5 " individual in this practice area. The Legal 500 also cites her as a leading barrister for Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law.  Sarah has a particular interest in equestrian regulatory law and has recently appeared on behalf of a trainer at the British Horseracing Authority.

She also has experience in coronial proceedings. She dealt with hearings in the Greater Gabbard wind farm inquest, and was instructed by the emergency response company who provided services to the London Underground maintenance teams for the coroner's inquest into deaths arising from the London 7/7 terrorist bombings.

Sarah has a developing practice in public law, particularly Judicial Review, hearings by way of case stated, and other cases which have a criminal or quasi-criminal aspect to them. Most recently, she was instructed as junior counsel for every appeal hearing in the 'Twitter Joke Trial', representing Paul Chambers, who was prosecuted for posting a joke on Twitter about blowing up an airport. The conviction of Mr Chambers was finally overturned in July 2012 by the Divisional Court in a judgment delivered by the Lord Chief Justice.

Sarah regularly advises professional and direct access clients, often dealing with matters of the utmost sensitivity. She has recently advised private clients on their potential exposure in areas including corporate fraud, Advertising Standards Authority investigations, overseas surrogacy arrangements, mercenary activities, and the reading of employees' private emails.

What others say:

"Sarah Przybylska has risen to prominence at an astonishingly young age. Extremely capable, she has won the support of many senior professional clients, one of whom said: "Those more senior at the Bar should beware!"

- Chambers UK, 2013

"Fast developing her reputation and experience within the professional discipline field, she has sound knowledge of the law, and shows good judgment when running cases."

- Chambers UK, 2014

"Focussed, economic and elegant submissions."

- Judgment of Rafferty LJ, R v RS, Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), June 2014

Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Individual


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