Sarah has over 31 years’ experience in cross-border Insolvency and restructuring as well as complex international commercial litigation and arbitration matters. She formally launched the law firm Sinclairs in April 2014 and is head of the litigation & insolvency team.
Prior to relocating offshore Sarah practised as a barrister in England from 1988 to 1998 where she undertook a wide range of insolvency, banking and chancery litigation from the leading commercial chambers of Mark Littman QC. She also spent three years' in Germany representing the Government of Iran in three International Arbitrations concerning construction and military supply contracts.
As a senior associate at Appleby in the Cayman Islands from 1998 to 2003 Sarah was involved in such notable cases as the liquidation of BCCI (Overseas) - the world’s largest ever banking insolvency; Enron Inc - including the winding up or sale of some 426 Enron Entities incorporated in the Cayman Islands; ICO Global Communications (a US$42 billion restructuring) and Cash4titles - 57 connected liquidations concerning a US$300 million Ponzi Scheme Fraud (representing both The SEC appointed receiver in the US and the Cayman Joint Official Liquidators).
Sarah subsequently worked with Harneys in the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands (as partner and head of Cayman litigation and insolvency). Her most recent role before establishing Sinclairs was as senior counsel at another Cayman Islands law firm.
Sarah specialises in cross-border insolvency and restructuring work including fraud, receiverships, asset tracing and corporate recovery. In recent years' this has involved a considerable number of distressed funds matters: acting for liquidators, directors, fund managers, creditors and investors of failed investment funds. Her distressed fund cases include:
representing hfc limited as a court appointed representative party of a class of unpaid redemption creditors in the 22 liquidations of Sphinx Group of Companies (with investor claims exceeding US$730 million and assets in the estate amounting to US$530 million).These representative party proceedings formally concluded in December 2013.
representing the Joint Official Liquidators of the Rye Funds, two Cayman Feeder Funds with exposure to Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
representing creditors in relation to the US$56 million liquidations of two Cayman funds in the Sextant Group.
advising a UAE bank in connection with its substantial investment in a Cayman fund.
Advising investors in the Primeo Fund and the Herald Fund - two Cayman investment funds exposed to the Madoff fraud.
Sarah has extensive experience in international commercial litigation. She is an experienced advocate with several reported cases from her appearances in the higher and appellate courts (including before Her Majesty’s Privy Council) in England, The British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. She has represented:
the Joint Official LIquidators of Saad Investment Company (no 5) , a defendant in the US$9.4 billion “Saad” fraud case [Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers - v- Mann Al Sanea & Ors];
the plaintiff investor in a US$135m hedge fund dispute against a major international bank;
the subsidiary of a NASDAQ listed company in connection with disputed merger proceedings brought by dissenting shareholders.
Sarah’s recent insolvency and restructuring work includes advising hfc limited as a co-promoter of a multi-company Scheme of Arrangement of the Sphinx Group of 22 Investment Funds. This scheme was sanctioned by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands in November 2013, and in a subsequent Scheme of Arrangement sanctioned by the Grand Court in June 2014.
Since 2011 Sarah has developed an additional expertise in Cayman Islands employment law and acted for very senior employees in high profile cases against large multi-national employers. During the past 3 years' she has successfully represented:
A former managing director of a global financial institution;
A former partner of multi-national firm;
A very senior manager in employment litigation against a large, global corporation.
Sarah graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Joint Honours Degree in History and in Law in 1987 and passed the Bar Finals Examination at the Inns of Court School of Law (now City University) in 1988. She obtained a Masters of Comparative Law [Magister Der Rechtsvergleichung] magna cum laude from the University of Bonn, Germany in 1996. In July 2014 she passed the New York State Bar Examinations.
Sarah speaks fluent German
Sarah was admitted as a barrister in England and Wales in 1988, as an attorney in the Cayman Islands in 1998, as a barrister in the British Virgin Islands in 2004, as a barrister in Anguilla in 2004, and as an attorney in New York state in 2018.
Chambers & Partners:
“Sarah receives warm praise from sources who described her as a highly responsive and thorough lawyer with a ‘no stone unturned‘ approach”
“a talented and experienced attorney”.
"very experienced, with a good brain." Interviewees also appreciate her "creative mind" and ability "to come up with a solution." She handles commercial and insolvency litigation, with additional strength in employment disputes.
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 - ranked as a “leader” in the Dispute Resolution Field for the Cayman Islands. Referred to as a “highly respected litigator” and “highly recommended”.
2018 - "an immensely experienced Cayman practitioner." She has particular experience in distressed fund matters and employment disputes. One peer remarked: "She is impressive in court and has excellent advocacy skills."
“Sarah throws herself into the issues as a forceful advocate whilst also being sympathetic to our costs constraints as clients”. Praised for the “sound and commercial advice” given by her team."
Note - Sarah voluntarily removed herself from Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Directory listings in 2018 in order to curtail the flow of new instructions which were becoming unmanageable and incompatible with her commitment to excellent and responsive service.