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.

Sarah is a member of the Association of Military Court Advocates and accepts Courts Martial instructions as well as those from members of the military facing prosecution in the civilian Criminal Courts.

Prior to qualifying as a practitioner Sarah worked in forensic mental health, supporting individuals with serious mental illness caught up in the criminal justice system. She was responsible for providing tier-1 support to both men and women in prison, probation, secure hospitals and the community. This unique experience is drawn from routinely in practice.

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

R v S [2018] Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court
Conspiracy to commit burglary – value £3.5m
Defended one Romanian defendant prosecuted alone for his role in a professional multi-handed UK-wide travelling jewellery store raiding gang

R v Y [2018] Catterick Military Court Centre
Defended civilian subject to service discipline

Operation Lawson [2018] Preston Crown Court
Conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin
Junior prosecution Counsel instructed to prosecute ten defendants

R v B [2017] Carlisle Crown Court
Causing serious injury by dangerous driving
Prosecuted lorry driver who drove into stationary traffic on a Cumbrian A-road, causing multiple drivers permanent injuries

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

R v Z [2017] Catterick Military Court Centre
Two counts of attempted s.18 GBH involving a knife
Defended serving Soldier

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