Sarah Przybylska

Sarah Przybylska

"Efficient, brave and committed to achieving the best outcome for her clients. A terrific advocate with a clear, commercial and user-friendly approach to advice. She possesses a talent well beyond her year of call."

Chambers UK 2018
Year of call: 2006
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Criminal Prosecution - Public

Sarah is a Grade 4 Prosecutor, Rape Specialist and Treasury Counsel Monitoree. She is instructed as leading counsel and as junior to Queen’s Counsel, as well as acting alone.

Her prosecution practice is focussed upon serious, complex, organised and sensitive crime. She is regularly instructed in a range of cases which include the prosecution of defendants for murder, people trafficking, fraud firearms, drug importation and rape.

She is instructed by CPS London’s Complex Casework Unit (Homicide Team, Special Casework Unit and Rasso Unit) and by other Complex Casework and Crown Court Teams.

Sarah is regularly instructed in multi-defendant and multi-offence cases, often prosecuting Organised Crime Networks (OCNs), following a proactive investigation.  Sarah is familiar with the investigative techniques deployed by specialist police teams and is adept at dealing with surveillance evidence, telephone data, cell site and attribution, complex expert and forensic evidence,  the obtaining and use of evidence from abroad,  bad character evidence in the context of gang prosecutions and otherwise.

Sarah is instructed initially as led junior and now as leading junior in a series of trials involving the trafficking of women from abroad for the purposes of prostitution and false marriage following a joint operation between the Met and the Slovakian police. She prosecuted as junior alone six defendants for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs following a lengthy proactive police operation, dealing with complex forensic and expert evidence. She also prosecuted as junior alone a four defendant conspiracy to rob, which required handling of complex evidence relating to telephone data, cell site and attribution of telephones. Sarah has dealt with lengthy confiscation proceedings following such prosecutions involving the targeting of hidden assets and property held overseas.

Sarah is instructed as led Junior in murder cases, with a particular focus on homicide arising from gang disputes and involving firearms, and as Junior Alone in cases of homicide arising out of fatal road traffic incidents.

As a rape specialist, Sarah was instructed by CPS East of England CCU as led Junior in a high profile human trafficking case which involved prostitution and which was widely reported in the national press, dealing with a number of vulnerable witnesses and the cross-examination of two of the defendants. She is frequently instructed in sensitive cases concerning rape and serious sexual offending and is adept at dealing sensitively with vulnerable witnesses. She deals also with cases involving computer evidence relating to indecent images and extreme pornography.

Given the nature of her practice, Sarah has advised upon and routinely deals with extremely sensitive disclosure issues. She has particular expertise in PII and the handling of sensitive material relating to investigative  techniques and third party disclosure issues.  Sarah is security cleared.

Sarah has also prosecuted on behalf of the Specialist Fraud Division and other CPS CCUs in matters relating to VAT and tax fraud (see Business Crime Section) and is experienced in dealing with matters relating to Proceeds of Crime and confiscation, recently advising the CPS East of England Proceeds of Crime Team in relation to a restraint issue.

Sarah represents the CPS in the Court of Appeal, acting in her own cases and on discrete instructions from the Appeals Unit. She appeared, for example, in an appeal involving difficult issues of law in the context of ancillary orders in a sensitive sex case.


R v Slepcik & others (Operation Svanetia)

Prosecuting a network of Slovakian traffickers for bringing women from Eastern Europe to the UK for the purposes of sham marriage and prostitution (leading junior, instructed by London SCU).

R v B & Others

Prosecuting a seven-defendant boiler room fraud involving multiple strands of investment fraud, advance fee fraud and recovery fraud (leading junior, instructed by CPS Essex)

Op Perolof

Prosecuted seven defendants for trafficking women from Eastern Europe for the purposes of prostitution and running an escort agency in London using those women (led junior, instructed by London SCU).

R v Rooftop Rooms

Prosecuted a company, its directors and the site foreman for manslaughter and health and safety offences following the death of an apprentice (led junior, instructed by Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division).

Operation A

Prosecuted four defendants for a conspiracy to rob cash-in-transit couriers in South London following a lengthy surveillance operation (junior alone, instructed by London SCU).

Operation B

Prosecuted eight defendants for conspiracy to supply Class A on the strength of six months’ of surveillance and telephone evidence (junior alone, instructed by Essex CCU).

R v Acourt & Others

Prosecuted seven defendants for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs following a two-year surveillance operation (led junior, instructed by London SCU).

R v Suchy & Others (Operation Svanetia)

The four defendants ran a large-scale international operation trafficking women from Eastern Europe to the UK for the purposes of exploitation. The case arose from a joint investigation between the Metropolitan Police and the Slovakian authorities and involved the use of evidence obtained abroad (led junior, instructed by London SCU).

R v Newmarch

Prosecuted a man for murder; a defence of ‘loss of control’ manslaughter failed (led junior, instructed by Homicide).

R v T

Prosecuted a woman for historic sex offences against a neighbour’s daughter (junior alone, instructed by London RASSO).

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