Sarah Bowen

Year of Call: 2006
Email Address: sarah.bowen@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 0121 289 4333

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Education

Sarah accepts instructions on behalf of parents, young persons, schools, academies, local authorities and Universities to advise on all aspects of Education Law including (but not limited to):

  • SEND
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Negligence within schools, including claims for inadequate educational provision
  • Bullying claims
  • Admissions Appeals
  • Complex Admission Arrangements
  • School Transportation
  • Exclusion Appeals
  • Breach of contract claims against fee-paying schools and Universities (including claims for misrepresentation)
  • Claims for unpaid fees
  • Academic appeals
  • Discrimination.

Sarah has a specialist discrimination practice and accepts instructions in all areas e.g. education, employment, service provision. As a result, Sarah has significant experience of claims brought under the Equality Act 2010 for disability, sex, age, sexual orientation and gender reassignment discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

Recently, Sarah has accepted instructions on several complex disability discrimination claims involving universities including the Universities of Durham and Manchester.

  • Publications
    • 21st Sep 2020

      Disability Discrimination in the Employment Tribunal: lessons for education lawyers
      Sarah Bowen and Naomi Webber consider two recent appellate decisions (Khorochilova v Euro Rep Limited UKEAT/0266/19/DA and Robinson v DWP [2020] EWCA Civ 859) in respect of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA) in relation to the protected characteristic of disability. Whilst the facts of the cases relate to the employment sector, the same definition of disability applies in the context of education. Accordingly, their principles are directly relevant and applicable to disability discrimination claims in education.

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  • Recommendations

    Sarah is recommended by Chambers and Partners Bar Directory 2021 for her expertise in the Western Bar - Band 4 – Employment.
    Skilled employment and discrimination law practitioner who is often instructed to handle equal pay, unfair dismissal, TUPE and breach of contract claims. She regularly acts for local authorities, the NHS and education sector clients.
    Strengths: "She is bright and enthusiastic but also friendly and down to earth."
    Recent work: Successfully defended Somerset County Council in a complex unlawful deduction of wages and breach of contract claim. Successfully argued that the entire claim was out of time and it was dismissed by the tribunal.

    Sarah is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2021 for her expertise in the London Bar.
    ‘Provides pragmatic advice and is approachable to clients and solicitors alike. She takes a genuine interest in each case and carries out a thorough review of the facts to get the best results for the client through effective representation.’ - Ranked: Tier 3

    Sarah is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2021 for her expertise in the Western Circuit.
    ‘Sarah is an excellent practitioner of the highest quality. Very client focused, with care and consideration to all she comes in contact with. She is one of our favourite barristers.’ - Ranked: Tier 3

    Sarah is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2020 for her expertise in the London Bar.
    Employment - Leading juniors - Ranked Tier 3
    Sarah Bowen ‘ She is a fantastic advocate and is really able to pick out the strengths in complex cases with lots of allegations.'

    Sarah is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2018/19 for her expertise in the London Bar.
    Employment – Leading juniors
    Sarah Bowen  ‘An excellent practitioner with outstanding advocacy.’

    Sarah is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2017 for her expertise in the London Bar.
    Employment – Leading juniors
    Sarah Bowen  ‘Very good at dealing with complex cases.’

    Sarah is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for her expertise in the London Bar.
    Employment – Leading juniors
    'Sarah Bowen - She understands the demands placed upon solicitors and the limitations they sometimes have to work within.'

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Academic qualifications

The College of Law, London
Bar Vocational Course (VC)

The College of Law
G. Dip. Law

University of Leicester
BA (Hons) History, 2:1

Professional bodies

  • Discrimination Law Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Industrial Law Society

Direct Access

Sarah Bowen is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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