Dr Sarah Egan

Call: 2006

Email: SEgan@3djb.co.uk

 



Prior to coming to the Bar Sarah read for a Ph.D. in German Literature and Philosophy and tutored undergraduates.  She subsequently qualified and worked as an investment analyst in the City of London in asset management and private banking.  During this time she gained a sound understanding of financial matters and dealing with high net worth individuals. 

Between Call to the Bar and commencing pupillage Sarah spent four and a half years as an in-house legal adviser to a commercial bank in the City.  She provided legal advice to the Board of Directors and banking professionals on matters as wide-ranging as bankruptcy and insolvency; company law and in the incorporation of offshore companies; corporate financial transactions (including commercial property lending and corporate treasury products); banking and financial services regulation; landlord and tenant law; contracts for the supply of goods and services; and employment and discrimination law. 

 

Civil Law

Sarah’s Civil practice encompasses Banking and Financial Services; Bankruptcy, Company, and Insolvency; Commercial and Contractual Disputes; Landlord and Tenant; Real Property; and Wills, Trusts and Probate.  She advises, drafts pleadings, and appears in Claims and Applications from First Appointment through to Trial, including, but not limited to, the following areas of practice.   

Banking and Financial Services

Disputes arising from alleged breaches of banking terms and conditions; pertaining to lending facilities; arising out of the enforcement of guarantees, charges, or other securities; and disputes relating to payments. 

Bankruptcy, Company, and Insolvency

Declarations of bankruptcy; for Orders for interim payments; shareholder disputes; Section 994 petitions under The Companies Act 2006; CVAs and IVAs; directors’ duties and negligence; disqualification of directors; the restoration of companies to the register; and applications in the High Court to restrain winding-up petitions.  She has also appeared in contentious applications including: applications on petitions for the winding-up of companies; applications to set aside statutory demands; administration; and receivership. 

Commercial and Contractual Disputes

The interpretation of contracts, breach of contract, including commercial contracts, building contracts; and contracts for the supply of goods and services.  Cases often involve instances of misrepresentation, duress, and undue influence. 

Landlord and Tenant

Possession of property; the interpretation of commercial and residential leases, often where there is a Headlease with a succession of Underleases and Subleases; leasehold enfranchisement; dilapidations; forfeiture; and unlawful eviction. 

Real Property

Orders for Possession and/or Sale; Property-related torts, such as nuisance and trespass; easements and restrictive covenants; and boundary disputes. 

 

Wills, Trusts, and Probate

Family Provision and Inheritance

Sarah advises, drafts pleadings and appears in proceedings from First Hearing through to Trial in Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 claims on behalf of spouses, children and stepchildren, and siblings of the Deceased; and cohabitees.  She advises on executors’ powers and duties, including the removal of Executors; the merits of contentious Probate claims; challenges to the validity of Wills; the settlement of Wills and the administration of Estates.  Her drafting experience also includes:  drafting Wills and Deeds of Variation of Wills; applications for the removal of Executors; and applications to contest the validity of a Will.  She appears in contentious Probate proceedings. 

Trusts

Sarah advises on matters such as Trustees’ powers and duties; the removal of Trustees; breach of trust; the merits of trusts claims (express, resulting, and constructive trusts, and proprietary estoppel); and Trusts of Land claims.  Sarah has experience of drafting Trust Deeds and Deeds of Variation; and applications for the removal of Trustees;. 

Trusts of Land and Cohabitation

Sarah advises and drafts pleadings in applications under The Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 for declarations of trust and beneficial interest in co-ownership disputes.  She appears in proceedings from First Appointment through to Trial. 

 

Family Law

Sarah has experience in all areas of Family Law.  She has a particular interest cases where there is an overlap between her Family and Chancery practices, such as Cohabitation and claims brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment and Trustees Act 1996; Probate and Inheritance Act (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 disputes; and Trusts. 

Matrimonial Finance

Sarah advises on matrimonial finance matters and applications for Financial Remedies.  She represent Applicants and Respondents in proceedings from First Appointments through to Final Hearings and negotiates settlements at Court.  Cases often involve matrimonial assets held outside the jurisdiction of England and Wales, and/or partnership or business assets.  Sarah’s background as a former investment analyst and an in-house banking lawyer is especially useful in matrimonial finance matters.  She is comfortable perusing financial statements and documentation, and dealing with trusts and the disposal of assets. 

Other Areas of Family Law

Sarah also has considerable experience in Adoption; Domestic Violence; International Child Abduction proceedings in the High Court; and Private Law Children proceedings. 

Court of Protection

Sarah advises on issues of capacity and the application of the Mental Health Act 2005; Court of Protection Applications; Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney; family disputes regarding Welfare, Property and Financial Affairs, and the care of vulnerable adults.  She appears in Court of Protection proceedings such as:  contested applications for the appointment and removal of Deputies; contested applications for the Deprivation of Liberty, often involving vulnerable elderly clients or persons with autism; applications involving issues of capacity and undue influence; claims for possession of property of a person lacking capacity.  Some cases have involved the investigation of financial transactions where financial abuse has been alleged. 


Education & Qualifications

B.A. (Hons.) (English and German Literature), University College Galway;

Ph.D. (German Literature and Philosophy), National University of Ireland, Galway

LL. Dip., The College of Law, London

B.V.C., Inns of Court School of Law

M.A. (Philosophy), University of Liverpool

Postgraduate Research Fellow, National University of Ireland

Inner Temple Exhibitioner

Alexander Mair Dissertation Prize, University of Liverpool 

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

Family Law Bar Association

London Irish Lawyers’ Association

Northern Circuit

Areas of Work

Civil

Family

Languages 

Fluent - German

Intermediate - Danish, French, and Gaelic

Basic Italian - Polish, and Spanish

Outside Interests

Literature; painting; classical choral singing; travel; horses; Sixties music.

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