Dr Sarah Egan

Call: 2006

Email: SEgan@3djb.co.uk



Sarah is ranked as a Leading Junior in Private Client:  Trusts and Probate in the Legal 500 2021 – ‘Is always extremely well prepared for every hearing and her communications skills with clients have always been reassuring and well-received with matters being explained clearly.’

Sarah Egan > Chambers of Ayesha Hasan > London > England | Lawyer Profile (legal500.com) 

Chancery and Commercial (Business and Property):  Overview

Sarah’s Chancery and Commercial (Business and Property) practice encompasses Wills, Trusts, and Probate; Landlord and Tenant; Real Property; Professional Negligence; Commercial and Contractual Disputes; Banking and Financial Services; and Bankruptcy, Company, and Insolvency.  

Sarah undertakes advisory and drafting work, and appears in proceedings pertaining to the following: -


Wills, Trusts, and Probate

Contentious and Non-Contentious Probate and Inheritance

Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 claims on behalf of spouses, children and stepchildren, and siblings of the Deceased; and cohabitees; 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; drafting Wills and Deeds of Variation of Wills; applications for the removal of Executors; and applications to contest the validity of a Will. 


Trusts including Trusts of Land and Co-Ownership

Trustees’ powers and duties; the removal of Trustees; breach of trust; the merits of trusts claims (express, resulting, and constructive trusts, and proprietary estoppel); Trust Deeds and Deeds of Variation; and applications for the removal of Trustees; Applications under The Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 for declarations of trust and beneficial interest in co-ownership disputes. 


Landlord and Tenant

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. 


Professional Negligence

The merits of potential claims in cases of professional negligence involving inter alia members of the banking and legal professions. 


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, often involving instances of misrepresentation, duress, and undue influence. 


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. 


Family Law:  Overview

Sarah has experience in all areas of Family Law and has specialist expertise in Financial Remedies and cohabitation disputes and claims brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment and Trustees Act 1996.  She has a particular interest in matters where there is an overlap with areas of her Chancery and Commercial practice, such as cases involving trusts and inheritance issues, companies, or insolvency. 


Financial Remedies

Sarah advises on matrimonial finance matters and applications for Financial Remedies and appears in behalf of Applicants. Respondents, and Interveners.  She negotiates settlements at Court.  Cases often involve matrimonial assets held outside the jurisdiction of England and Wales, trust of land and co-ownership issues, inheritance, 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 business assets.   


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. 


Direct Access

Sarah accepts instructions under the Bar Council’s Direct Access Scheme. 


General Profile

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; commercial landlord and tenant law; contracts for the supply of goods and services; and employment and discrimination law. 


Sarah is a Member of the Bar of Ireland. 


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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

Degree of Barrister-at-Law, The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin



Member of the Bar of Ireland

Chancery Bar Association

European Circuit of the Bar

Family Law Bar Association

London Irish Lawyers’ Association

Northern Circuit 

Areas of Work

Chancery and Commercial (Business and Property)



Fluent German;

Intermediate Danish, French, Gaelic, and Italian;

Basic Polish and Spanish. 



Postgraduate Research Fellow, National University of Ireland

Inner Temple Exhibitioner

Alexander Mair Dissertation Prize, University of Liverpool

Outside Interests

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

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