From analysing and mitigating exposure to risk in contract negotiations to devising the most effective approach to dispute resolution before resorting to litigation, Sarah advises clients in the construction and energy industries on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious construction work. In minimising the reputational and commercial impact for clients, she draws on her expertise in other areas of law, such as in intellectual property. Sarah represents clients in adjudication, expert determination and mediation, and has acted as arbitrator’s clerk. Notably, she advised a global service company on its new office construction and represented a naval architect in a claim relating to the design of a fishing vessel. She delivers training and seminars to clients and industry bodies: ultimately informing and enabling their personnel to avoid protracted disputes including advising on key risk areas when drafting contracts.
Member Law Society of Scotland and Law Society of England and Wales, Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Chair of the Northern Chapter of the Scottish Branch of the CIArb.
Qualified in 1998. Joined Ledingham Chalmers in 2000. Partner since 2006. Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2005 and is dual qualified in English and Scots Law.
As a director of Inspire, a charity focused on empowering the lives of adults with support needs, and trustee of the Open Space Trust, Sarah is a strong advocate for the third sector in the north east of Scotland. Her passions include golf: she can be found on the driving range most Sundays, as well as following the often-unpredictable fortunes of Aberdeen Football Club.