Sarah Przybylska

 

Sarah Przybylska

"Sarah Przybylska has risen to prominence at an astonishingly young age. Extremely capable, she has won the support of many senior professional clients." 


Sarah Przybylska's work encompasses advice and advocacy across three principal areas: professional discipline, crime, and inquests and inquiry work. She also has experience of criminal regulatory law and public law matters arising from criminal issues. 

PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE

Since 2012, and unusually for a barrister at her level of call, she has been ranked by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 as a leading barrister in the field of professional discipline.  Her work primarily involves representing healthcare professionals who face proceedings brought by their regulatory body.  She also represents such clients on appeal, and in concurrent proceedings in the criminal courts, in the coroner's court, and elsewhere. 

Her early experience saw her present, at first instance and on appeal, cases arising from decisions of the General Social Care Council (as was, now the HCPC), and she also advised and managed investigations on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (including cases arising from the Winterbourne View Care Home investigation).  Sarah now defends professionals at the General Medical Council and General Dental Council on behalf of the leading medical defence organisations, as well as on a public access basis.  She is instructed on behalf of the regulator at the General Optical Council and the National Council of Teaching and Leadership.

In addition, Sarah is developing a sports law practice with a focus on equestrian matters, and recently appeared on behalf of a trainer at the British Horseracing Authority.

CRIME

Sarah prosecutes and defends in criminal cases of the utmost seriousness, including homicide, fraud, drug trafficking and sexual offences. She is security-cleared and routinely deals with extremely sensitive matters. 

Her defence work sees her regularly instructed alone to defend in cases of fraud, drug trafficking and rape. She has recently been led in cases including allegations of murder, cocaine importation and human trafficking. She is particularly sought-after in cases where complex disclosure issues are likely to arise owing to the very extensive experience she has gained from her prosecution work.

On behalf of the Crown, Sarah prosecutes alone and as a led junior in serious and complex cases (Level 3; Rape Panel; security cleared). Recent cases include trials for CPS Homicide, the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit, and a number of Complex Casework Units, in matters investigated by the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, Operation Sapphire and the Specialist Organised & Economic Crime Command (Flying Squad, Operation Trident, Projects, Trafficking & Prostitution and Special Intelligence Section). In addition she is regularly instructed to advise and appear for the CPS in relation to criminal appeals and in civil proceedings. 

She has particular expertise in PII and the handling of sensitive material relating to investigation techniques; third party disclosure issues; the obtaining and use of evidence from abroad; bad character evidence in the context of gang prosecutions and otherwise.

Current and recent cases have involved murder, "loss of control" manslaughter, conspiracy to rob, child sex trafficking, conspiracy to rape, transfer of firearms, driving offences involving death, money laundering and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
 
Sarah has also been instructed to advise in a number of private prosecutions, most often in relation to corporate fraud.

As well as her court work, Sarah has a strong advisory practice, often dealing with confidential 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, the obligations of landlords of houses in multiple occupancy, and the reading of employees' private emails.

REGULATORY CRIME, INQUESTS & PUBLIC INQUIRIES

Sarah is currently instructed to represent the interests of the Attorney-General of Jersey in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry investigating the abuse of children in state care. She regularly acts in coronial proceedings, for both professionals and companies. Recent clients include a doctor who supplied controlled drugs to a friend who then choked to death, and a nurse at risk of a finding of neglect. She dealt with hearings in the Greater Gabbard wind farm inquest (arising from deaths on that construction project), and she 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 is undertaking an increasing amount of regulatory crime, including cases involving health and safety and environmental issues.  

PUBLIC LAW

Sarah maintains a strong 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. 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.

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

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

South Eastern Circuit, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, Criminal Bar Association, Health & Safety Lawyers' Association, Young Fraud Lawyers' Association.


 leading barrister   Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Individual



Notable Cases
Case name R v Apena & Others (Op Felsenthal), Central Criminal Court
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A defendant in a gang firearms trial ordered the murder of a co-defendant who implicated him in the crime; others charged with conspiracy to pervert in relation to previous attempts to bribe the defendant to plead guilty on a false basis (prosecution junior)
Case name R v Shannon & Others, Central Criminal Court
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Joint enterprise stabbing where police misinformed the defendant about the evidence against him before covertly recording his conversations with his cell mates (defence junior)
Case name R v Ahmed (Op Dorvalla), Snaresbrook Crown Court
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Rape and sex trafficking of girls in local authority care (prosecution junior)
Case name R v Newmarch, Central Criminal Court
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Murder of a disabled man by a recovering alcoholic and drug addict (prosecution junior)
Case name R v Sidhu & Others (Op Chopito)
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International cocaine trafficking from Mexico to Heathrow facilitated by corrupt airline employees (prosecution junior) 
Case name R v Uddin & Others, Norwich Crown Court
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- rape and sex trafficking of a child (defence junior) 
Case name R v Marsh & Others (Op Butler), Basildon Crown Court
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Eight-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine in East London and Essex (prosecution counsel)
Case name R v Yarboi & Others (Op Anubis), Woolwich Crown Court
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Conspiracy to rob cash in transit vans across South London (prosecution counsel)
Case name R v Teysler, Chelmsford Crown Court
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Conspiracy to defraud RyanAir (defence counsel)