Sarah Fitzgibbons

Senior Associate

Gateley Legal

  • London
  • t: 0207 653 1673
  • m: 0770 220 1935

Expertise

Sarah specialises in commercial dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on shareholder disputes. She has acted for Plcs, privately-owned companies and individuals in a variety of matters including advising on shareholder disputes, commercial contract disputes, restrictive covenant claims, injunctions and search orders, partnership disputes, professional negligence claims and breach of warranty claims.

Sarah also has experience in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) law which applies to children and young people up to 25 years old who have a wide range of additional needs (including special educational needs, disabilities and medical needs) requiring some level of adaption or additional support to access education, as well as possible health, therapy and social care needs. Sarah personally understands the experience of parenting a child with SEND and trying to gain the right support and educational placement for them.

Experience

  1. Obtaining various multi-million pound settlements in favour of clients in unfair prejudice on minority shareholder claims.
  2. Obtaining a settlement of over £1m from the vendors of a company in relation to a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation.
  3. Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) and others v Nazir [2016] AC 1: Supreme Court decision on dishonest assistance, conspiracy, director’s breach of duty, corporate attribution, illegality and fraudulent trading arising out of spot trading in carbon credits; Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) v Nazir [2014] Ch 52: Court of Appeal decision on dishonest assistance, breach of duty and fraudulent trading; Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) and others v Nazir and others [2013] 1 All ER 375: Chancery Division decision on dishonest assistance, breach of duty and fraudulent trading – acting as part of team for the claimants in these important decisions, limiting the scope of the Stone & Rolls ex turpi causa defence and confirming the extra-territorial reach of the fraudulent trading provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  4. CEF Holdings Ltd and another v Mundey and others [2012] EWHC 1524 QB; acting for 14 of the defendants where the court dismissed the claimants’ application for interim springboard relief and discharged earlier injunctions made.

Recent SEND experience includes: 

  1. Advising a family on how to obtain better support from school for their child with SEND who was struggling to access home learning during the recent lockdown.
  2. Advising a family on the process to commence an appeal of EHCP sections B, F and I (needs, provision and school placement).
  3. Advising a family on making a complaint to the local authority regarding delayed receipt of a draft EHCP. 
  4. Advising a family on local authority legal obligations to educate a child who is not at school and on obtaining an emergency school placement whilst needs were assessed.
  5. Supporting a family at mediation whose child needed access to a bespoke package of education to complete their ‘A’ levels remotely due to medical needs.
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