Sarah joined Swain & Co Solicitors in 2006 and specialises in Prison Law.
Sarah has very considerable experience of all aspects of Prison Law including parole, recall and sentence progression, sentence calculation and criminal appeals against conviction and sentence. Sarah also represents clients in Juridical Review cases, in particular cases involving prisoners being refused contact with their children.
Sarah is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.
Sarah is very interested in Prisoners’ rights and enjoys the work she does on their behalf. She is committed to ensuring that prisoners are able to progress through the prison system.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys baking and decorating cakes, as well as spending time with her friends and family.
What Sarah’s clients say:
Dear Dean Kingham, Sarah Grundy (Blake) and Jemma Atkinson, I am just writing to say thank you all, for the help you have gave me. The time you have spent looking into my case must of been a burden on all of you, so I would like to say a massive Thank you once again. Thank you all!W.C.
I would like to say a massive thank you for all your help in getting me released. We really appriciate all the work and time you put in.T.D.
Sarah’s Recent Success Cases:
Extended sentence proven unlawful
A client of Sarah’s has had part of his sentence reduced, following an appeal hearing at the Court of Appeal. The client had been convicted of a sexual offence and battery, receiving 4 year custodial sentence with a 2 year extended licence for both. On appeal, the Court of Appeal Judges accepted that the 6 year extended sentence for the battery offence was unlawful on the basis that there had been no previous schedule 15 offence. They therefore replaced this sentence with a 5 month determinate sentence.
Oral hearing granted following Judicial Review
- A client of ours at Swain & Co has had a decision by the Parole Board refusing an Oral Hearing successfully overturned following Judicial Review proceedings. The Parole Board refused to grant an oral hearing for a client who wanted to have his case considered by the Parole Board for a full risk assessment. Permission was granted by the Admin Court and following this the Parole Board agreed to grant an oral hearing of our client’s case.