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Sarah is an integral member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution section after having joined Wallmans Lawyers in 2018.
Key areas of Sarah's practice include business succession, with a focus on family businesses as well as general corporation and partnership matters, and advising and representing clients in respect of wills and estate disputes. Using her broad experience as a commercial litigator along with a business degree, Sarah’s focus is to find commercial, innovative and practical solutions for her clients in order to minimise costs and optimise results. With her particular experience in family business and estate disputes, she is sensitive to the stressful nature of such claims, and aims to reach a prompt resolution whilst protecting her clients’ interests.
Sarah’s significant expertise in wills and estate disputes includes advising on matters concerning contested estates, testamentary capacity and undue influence claims, domestic partnership applications, trust disputes, disputes regarding the use of a Power of Attorney, will reconstruction applications, intestacy matters, contested applications for letters of administration and claims for further provision pursuant to the Inheritance (Family Provision) Act. Sarah has been recognised for her expertise, having been listed in the Doyles Guide of Australian Litigation and Dispute Resolution Law Rising Stars, as well as in the Doyles Guide of Leading Wills and Estate Litigation Lawyers and Firms in South Australia.
Sarah also assists clients in a wide range of commercial litigation matters. Her experience extends to corporate and partnership matters such as claims for breach of director’s duties, shareholder remedies and exit strategies, construction and general property claims such as building disputes and disputes concerning the sale and purchase of land and residential and commercial leases, trust disputes, defamation, claims for professional and general negligence, and consumer protection actions including claims for misleading and deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct, unfair contracts and the sale of goods.
Sarah’s practice also focusses upon providing advice to charities and not-for-profit organisations in relation to governance matters as well as disputes concerning wills and estates and general commercial issues.
Sarah is admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia and is a member of the Law Society’s Succession Law Committee. She is a regular presenter at seminars for accountants and clients about succession, risk issues and disputes in family business and estate challenges, and is also an author of articles regarding the current and changing law in the area of wills and estate litigation.
Memberships / associations
- The Law Society of South Australia
- Law Society's Succession Law Committee
- National Council of Women SA
- Australia Day Council of SA