Sarah has 19 years’ experience of providing precise and strategic advice on a wide range of public and regulatory law matters. She heads the firm's International Trade Practice, and is the only lawyer from a major New Zealand law firm recognised for Trade Law by Best Lawyers® 2020 in New Zealand. Sarah is a Board Member of the International Business Forum and the British New Zealand Business Association. She is a key member of Russell McVeagh's Public Law team, which is recognised as Band 1 by Chambers and Partners 2019.
Sarah specialises in advising on the laws, regulations, policies and commercial arrangements governing the cross-border flows of goods, services and capital. She has market-leading expertise in the areas of: customs and excise law; export controls and sanctions; trade remedies; domestic and overseas market access requirements; bilateral trade and investment relations; and World Trade Organisation negotiations, rules and disputes. She also specialises in advising on food and beverage industry regulation, sales and marketing law, and law reform initiatives.
Sarah assists her clients to understand complex legal requirements, capitalise on regulatory opportunities, participate effectively in regulatory investigations and public inquiries, argue persuasively in international disputes, and develop arguments and law reform strategies that secure favourable legislative and policy changes.
Sarah’s deep understanding of the issues is informed by her wide-ranging professional experience. She has worked in both the private and public sectors in the fields of law, public policy and economics in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and France.