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Sarah Emerson

Partner Dispute Resolution
Home Phone: +44 (0)20 7611 4895

Biography

Sarah is a dispute resolution and risk advisory solicitor advising on a range of matters with a particular focus on insurance, commercial disputes, risk management and crisis management.

Sarah handles complex policy indemnity issues and disputes, advises clients on risk management products, notably professional indemnity, construction and property related (Commercial and Contractors All Risk insurance and Property & Business Interruption claims) and assists clients with management of Cyber risk through insurance and cyber incident response.

She has experience of working on a wide range of construction, property damage and product liability related claims. Sarah also has experience of claims arising out of regulatory breaches and related issues, including the interplay with the relevant regulator(s), insurers and other third parties.

Sarah is a strategist when handling disputes and has a particular interest in crisis management. She has been legal adviser to a variety of clients ensuring effective management and containment of issues, for example, the outbreak of an infectious disease at a popular UK tourist attraction, and several company responses to cyber-incidents.

Before joining Teacher Stern in 2019 Sarah worked at international firm DAC Beachcroft LLP for 6 years and was then a Senior Associate at a US law firm for a further 6 years.

Sarah has been ranked as a “Rising Star” in the most recent Legal 500 Directory, and earlier in her career was named a top “Next Generation” Lawyer, also by Legal 500.

 

Key cases

Furnell v Flaherty (t/a Godstone Farm) [2013] EWHC 377 (QB)

Cornwall Council and the Fire and Rescue Service v O&C Holdsworth Plc prosecution brought against client for breaches of the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005 and related matters.

Acting for a successful defendant in the case of Hiscox Insurance Co. Ltd v Quendon Interiors Ltd (1) Mr Ismail Oral (t/a Precious Marble)(2) TP&N Electrical Contractors Ltd (3) (2018) which considered the test for claims in negligence.

Advising a number of food manufacturing clients in respect of coverage and liability on significant product liability claims, and in relation to product recalls involving damage to goods as a result of faulty ingredients or packaging.

Advising several construction companies in relation to their professional indemnity insurance and defending third party claims brought by building owners arising out of the Grenfell Towers Fire as well as ongoing advice to clients in relation to The Building (Amendment) Regulations, SI 2018/1230, December 2018.

Advising a client in relation to CAR (Contractors All Risk) insurance and related issues in connection with a development project that involved the renovation of a historic building façade.