Associate Solicitor | Real Estate Dispute Resolution
Recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ by independent legal directory Legal 500 UK, Sarah is known for her work advising on a broad spectrum of real estate disputes. Her expertise covers both residential and commercial property disputes, providing support to social housing providers, private landlords, commercial landlords and tenants.
‘Sarah Barratt has an incredible legal mind and is an absolute star – I cannot speak highly enough of her. She provides excellent advice. In the event that any ambiguities arise, she removes them to go straight to the core of the legal issue.’
Sarah has significant experience in dealing with residential tenancy issues and acts for both social housing landlords and private landlords to assist them to deal effectively in respect of their stock.
She specialises in everything from possession proceedings in relation to Rent Act, Assured, Assured Shorthold and Secure tenancies, to anti-social behaviour matters, including issues related to the Equality Act and the Human Rights Act, disrepair, access issues and trespass.
Her commercial property experience is extensive, she has spent much of her career providing strategic advice to enable commercial property landlords and tenants to effectively manage their properties and agreements. From termination of tenancies, break notices and advice on dilapidations to issues arising out of non-payment of rent and the impacts of the legislation and guidance around the impact of Coronavirus, Sarah provides sensible and pragmatic advice on all commercial property issues.
‘I always feel confident that associate Sarah Barratt will give me the best possible advice. Sarah is passionate, always shows enthusiasm for her role and is well-motivated. I feel confident whilst Sarah is presenting my case to the judge, as she is always respectful of our views, presents herself well and knows the case inside out.‘
With over 22 years’ experience in handling property disputes, Sarah understands the social housing sector inside out. She regularly acts for the firm’s social housing clients on all manner of issues including nuisance and anti-social behaviour matters, disrepair, access issues and trespass. Sarah also deals regularly with injunction matters, including access and anti-social behaviour injunctions, through to committal for breach. Sarah also regularly provides training on a variety of relevant matters to various social landlord clients.
Sarah Barratt is confident, amenable, approachable and without fail is always calm. She is robust in her approach and never makes me feel that any of my questions are unnecessary or irrelevant.
Sarah regularly works closely with our Agriculture, Estates & Rural Property team to assist them with strategic, practical and pragmatic advice around issues affecting rural, agricultural property and estates. This includes issues around agricultural tenancies, including those under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995, termination, successions and the ramifications of those including acting in tribunal proceedings. Sarah has also given advice on minerals issues including looking at interpretation issues in minerals leases and considering issues of minerals trespass.