Sarah Wood

Barrister, 5 St Andrew's Hill
Sarah is Joint Head of the Business Crime Team at 5 St Andrew’s Hill and is ranked in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for her confiscation and asset recovery work.

She specialises in criminal and family matters involving high-value assets and complex financial arrangements. In her criminal work she prosecutes and defends lengthy, complex, high-value fraud and money laundering cases.   Sarah has a detailed knowledge of restraint, confiscation and enforcement proceedings with experience in this area in the Appellate Courts, the High Court and the Crown Court. She has extensive experience of POCA orders in relation to cryptocurrencies.

In her family work she has experience in all aspects of the financial proceedings that follow a divorce or separation, including proceedings involving third party interveners and international assets.

She is one of a handful of counsel at the Bar with experience of dealing with cases where there are contemporaneous proceedings in the criminal and family courts in relation to the same assets and is therefore able to advise clients and appear in all aspects of both sets of proceedings.

Practice areas


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Founding Committee member of the Cybercrime Practitioners Association


  • Case Analysis Panel


  • Exeter University (LLB) and Inns of Court School of Law

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