Sarah Magill

2016 Middle Temple

Sarah joined chambers in 2016 having been Called to the Bar as a transferring duty qualified Solicitor-Advocate.  She routinely appears in serious cases covering the criminal and regulatory spectrum, including multi-handed prosecutions and those involving complicated expert evidence.  She is a competent and versatile advocate, capable of adapting herself to the case at hand. 

Sarah is a member of the Association of Military Court Advocates and accepts Courts Martial instructions as well as those from servicemen and women facing prosecution in the civilian Criminal Courts.  Sarah is a grade 2 CPS prosecutor.

Whilst reading Law at Cardiff University, Sarah led an Innocence Project team responsible for the casework that led to a murder conviction being successfully overturned at the Court of Appeal.  They were the first such team to do so in British legal history.


Notable Cases

Sarah is currently instructed in multiple serious and complex cases arising out of police operations, including but not limited to fraud, drugs, robbery, sex, violence, firearms and neglect.

Operation Tahiti [2017] Liverpool Crown Court
Defended one of ten men prosecuted for football violence

R v Thawe [2017] Redditch Magistrates' Court
Assaulting two Police Officers, obstructing one in their duties and Public Order Act s.5
Achieved acquittals on all charges following a trial in a case that attracted widespread media interest

R v X [2017] Preston Crown Court
Achieved acquittal after trial in an historic child sexual abuse case

Operation Halogen [2016] Carlisle Crown Court
Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine & Cannabis
Defended one of 18 defendants

Operation Atrium [2016] Carlisle Crown Court
Conspiracy to Defraud
Defended one of 38 defendants

R v Adams [2016] Liverpool Crown Court
Prison Mutiny
Defended one of 8 teenagers prosecuted for a "wanton orgy" of violent destruction in a YOI

R v Hamilton [2016] EWCA Crim 78
Conveying Articles into Prison (cocaine)
Achieved a reduction in H's custodial sentence from 3 years to 18 months

R v George [2014] EWCA Crim 2507
Headed Innocence Project student team responsible for the 2010 casework that led to G's conviction being quashed