Sara is a highly experienced media lawyer, having advised on all aspects of media law and regulation for over 10 years. Prior to joining Reviewed & Cleared, Sara was a lawyer in the award-winning Legal & Compliance team at Channel 4 Television since 2011, providing editorial teams, broadcast and digital producers with clear, pragmatic and timely advice on pre- and post-broadcast media law and regulatory issues, including privacy and defamation, standards, fairness and commercial content, as well as advising on sensitive editorial ethics and duty of care issues, including working with children and vulnerable contributors. This includes advising on programme content and related digital and press output and helping to develop production protocols and best practice guidelines from the start.
Sara works across all genres including investigative journalism and undercover filming, complex factual and documentaries, drama, entertainment, and live television, including innovative and award-winning programmes such as 24 Hours in Police Custody, The Undateables and Naked Attraction. She enjoys working collaboratively and creatively with producers from the outset of a production to ensure that any bumps in the road are carefully navigated.
Sara has a background in high-level litigation having qualified as a solicitor in the Commercial Litigation department of magic circle law firm Allen & Overy in 2006, working on complex commercial claims. She then moved to Claimant law firm Schillings in 2010, where Sara advised private clients, corporations and high net worth individuals on media law and regulatory issues in relation to newspaper publications and investigative broadcasts.
Sara specialises in providing practical and pragmatic advice on all aspects of publication and broadcast media law and has recently left the bright lights of London for the rolling hills of East Devon.