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Sarah Valentine, Senior Associate

Sarah Valentine

Senior Associate

Practice notes

Sarah Valentine is a Senior Associate in our Environment, Health and Safety team where she acts for companies and individuals who are being prosecuted for manslaughter offences (including corporate manslaughter) and offences relating to health and safety, fire safety and food safety and hygiene.

Sarah is frequently called in to advise clients on site following fatal and serious workplace incidents where urgent assistance is required in the face of Police and other regulatory authority investigations (HSE, Environment Agency, CQC and the ORR).

She regularly advises clients during criminal and regulatory investigations and provides representation at PACE and other interviews and at Inquests.

Sarah is also a regular advocate in the Magistrates' Court and Traffic Commissioner Inquiries. Sarah also prosecutes organisations on behalf of water utilities companies in relation to illegal connections.

Sarah provides pragmatic and strategic compliance and risk management advice to senior management teams within a variety of sectors to include construction, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and transport and distribution.

Sarah has also experience in alcohol and entertainment licensing and motor prosecutions.

Her recent experience includes:-

  • Advising a demolition contractor in relation to a Police investigation following the unplanned collapse of 2 boilers houses at a Power station which resulted in 4 fatalities;
  • Representing the UK's leading manufacturer of plaster-based dry lining systems and products in a HSE investigation where an employee sustained serious injuries when he became trapped in a machine;
  • Representing a director of a private healthcare company in relation to an investigation of gross negligence manslaughter (and subsequently at an inquest) where a service user died of hypothermia;
  • Advising and representing a worldwide ferry operator in relation a prosecution by the HSE arising from a serious incident whereby an employee was struck by a vehicle at a port terminal; and
  • Representing a nationwide private healthcare provider in relation to compliance, inquests and CQC investigations.

Sarah is an Assistant Deputy Coroner for London Inner South (London boroughs of Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark). This judicial appointment will compliment Sarah’s existing coronial caseload as an advocate experienced in representing interested persons in inquests covering the range of complexities, including deaths in custody, workplace incidents, mental health investigations and jury inquests.

In the 2020 Legal 500 Sarah has been identified as a 'Rising Star' in Health and Safety.

External publications

Road safety: Compliance in the spotlight for transport operators - Safety & Health Practitioner