Sarah Bowen 3PB Barristers

Sarah Bowen

Year of Call: 2006
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Telephone: 0121 289 4333

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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.

  • Articles
    • Disability Discrimination the Employment Tribunal: lessons for education lawyers

      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 Bowen is a skilled employment and discrimination law barrister 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 probably our go-to person, who is technically excellent with a real ability to dissect complex matters, and a really excellent advocacy style that is non confrontational but gets the point across." "She has excellent attention to detail and she really does go above and beyond."
    Recent work: Successfully represented VIVID Housing in resisting an application to extend time in respect of multiple claims which were brought out of time but were subject to the generous just and equitable test.

    Chambers UK 2022/Employment/Western Bar

    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.

    Chambers UK 2021/Employment/Western Bar


    ‘Sarah is an approachable and confident advocate with a meticulous eye for detail.'

    Legal 500 2022/Employment/Leading Juniors/Western Circuit

    ‘Sarah is very knowledgeable, a good all-rounder, very pragmatic and commercial, and extremely helpful - she will always make herself available to assist.’

    Legal 500 2022/Employment/Leading Juniors/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.’

    Legal 500 2021/London Bar

    ‘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.’

    Legal 500 2021/Western Cicuit

    Sarah Bowen ‘ She is a fantastic advocate and is really able to pick out the strengths in complex cases with lots of allegations.'

    Legal 500 2020/Employment/Leading Juniors/London Bar

    Sarah Bowen  ‘An excellent practitioner with outstanding advocacy.’

    Legal 500 2018/19/Employment/Leading Juniors/London Bar

    Sarah Bowen  ‘Very good at dealing with complex cases.’

    Legal 500 2017/Employment/Leading Juniors/London Bar

    'Sarah Bowen - She understands the demands placed upon solicitors and the limitations they sometimes have to work within.'

    Legal 500 2016/Employment/Leading Juniors/London Bar

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Chambers and Partners rankings

  • Leading Junior 2022

Legal 500 rankings

  • Leading Junior 2022

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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