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Sarah Cook

Year of Call: 2016

Sarah Cook is a Barrister at Kenworthy’s Chambers who practices in

Family Barrister Sarah Cook maintains a busy family practice dealing with both Finance and Children Law matters.

Family and Finance

Sarah Cook has developed a focus on her Family Law practice, specialising in Children Law. She is praised for her client care skills and ability to deal with complicated cases of a sensitive nature, often involving domestic abuse or sexual allegations.

Following a mixed common law pupillage at Kenworthy's Chambers in 2016, Sarah practiced in Crime and Family Law before solely focusing on Family Law. These transferrable skills and experience have enabled Sarah Cook to work on complex Family Law cases with a criminal element.

Family and Finance Barrister Sarah Cook accepts instructions in both Children Law, finance, and care proceedings in Family Courts across the Northwest. She represents parents and guardians in cases involving complex and sensitive issues, including domestic abuse and ongoing criminal proceedings.

If you have a Family and Finance case you need advice or advocacy for, call our Family Clerks Courtney Richards and Daniella Howarth on 0161 832 4036, email, or fill out our contact form.

Public Access

For appropriate Family Law cases, Sarah Cook will accept instructions from the general public on a direct access basis.

Please refer to the below pricing range for Public Access Barrister services. Prices are subject to case type, complexity and seniority or experience of the Barrister. Accurate quotes will be provided before work on the case begins.

Services Cost
Conferences: £350 - £1,000 + VAT
Directions/Review Hearings: £550 - £1,200 + VAT
First Directions Appointment (FDA) Hearings: £550 - £1,200 + VAT
Financial Despite Resolution (FDR) Hearings: £1,200 - £3,000 + VAT
Full day hearings: £1,500 - £5,000 + VAT
Refreshers: £800 - £2,500 + VAT
Half day hearings: £850 - £2,000 + VAT
Advice and Preparation (Hourly): £150 - £250 + VAT

*These price ranges are based on local courts; other courts will incur a travel charge.

Please contact our Senior Family Clerk, Courtney Richards (, for more information.

+ Notable Cases
  • N v K (2021): Sarah Cook represented a father in his application to spend time with his daughter. The mother was opposed to contact and breached all orders made by the court in her efforts to prevent contact taking place. The court made an Interim Care Order due to the failure of the mother to meet the child’s needs and the father changed his application for the child to live with him. During the final hearing, Family and Finance Barrister Sarah Cook cross examined the mother, Social Worker, Psychologist, and the children’s guardian. The father was successful in securing a transfer of residence for the child to live with him.
  • O v S (2021): Sarah Cook represented a mother in her application for a ‘Live with Order’, the mother not supporting contact between father and children. Difficulties arose due to the mother’s failure to attend hearings, the court expressing a concern the mother is hostile to contact. In conference the client opened up and informed that she had been groomed and raped by the father as a child, impacting her engagement with proceedings. The mother was successful in the Finding of Fact Hearing, all allegations of grooming, rape and violence proven and a No Contact Order was the end outcome.
  • M v M (2022): Sarah Cook represented a father in proceedings before a circuit judge in which he was accused of sexual offences against children. She dealt with the six-day Finding of Fact Hearing, in which no allegations against him were proven. This case required a good understanding of criminal procedures to address the evidence.
  • E v F (2021): Family and Finance Barrister Sarah Cook acted for the child in a case where a father was accused of sexual and physical harm against a child in concurrent public and private law proceedings.
+ Qualifications
  • Buchanan Prize, Lincoln's Inn (Award for achieving the grade of Outstanding on the Bar Professional Training Course)
  • Bar Professional Training Course - Outstanding (Manchester Metropolitan University) Top student called to the Bar, Michaelmas Call, Lincoln's Inn.
  • Cholmeley Pupillage Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn
  • Mary MacMurray Major BPTC Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn
  • Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn
  • LLB (Hons) - First Class (Manchester Metropolitan University) Top Performing LLB Student Award, MMU (Highest overall degree score in the cohort)
  • Manchester Law School BPTC Scholarship, MMU
  • BPTC Top Advocate Award, MMU (Highest score in all 3 advocacy modules in the cohort)
  • Oxford University Press Law Prize, 2014
  • Regional Winner 2016, Client Interviewing Competition
  • Winner 2014, Blackstone's National Criminal Advocacy Competition
+ Professional Memberships
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Associate Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Law
+ Publications

Sarah Cook contributed to the advocacy and mooting chapters in the 2015 and 2017 editions of Legal Systems and Skills (Oxford University Press).

Contact Us

To check the availability of Barrister Sarah Cook for your Family and Finance case call our Family Clerks Courtney Richards and Daniella Howarth on 0161 832 4036, email, or fill out our contact form.

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