Sarah Pinder#6870

Sarah Pinder

Barrister, Goldsmith Chambers
• Sarah practises in public law with particular expertise in immigration and asylum. Sarah is also developing her practice in community care, social welfare, mental health and capacity law and continues to practice in family law representing in children cases. She has been recommended as a Leading Barrister in Band 4 in immigration law by the Legal 500. In the 2020 edition, Sarah is described as having ‘a very effective, calm and considered approach in advocacy, an attribute which is often well-received by judges.’ She has been previously recommended for being ‘a real rising star’ and ‘an excellent advocate with a high success rate because of her aptitude and preparation’, whose ‘standout qualities are how approachable, level-headed, smart and patient she is’.

• Sarah is ranked in the Legal 500 2021 edition Immigration, (Tier 4 – Leading Juniors) ‘Her level of knowledge and practical know-how in immigration matters is unparalleled and she shows a genuine interest in every matter she takes on.’

• In chambers, Sarah is joint-head of the immigration team with her colleague Samina Iqbal. She is also committed to providing training to pupil barristers and was approved to become a pupil supervisor in 2019.

• Sarah regularly advises and provides expert opinions on immigration and nationality issues in family and other court proceedings. She has extensive experience of representing vulnerable adults, persons who have been affected by traumatic events, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and victims of trafficking. In suitable cases, Sarah will undertake direct access work directly for members of the public.

• Sarah has been appointed as a fee-paid First-Tier-Tribunal Judge of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, sitting in Birmingham IAC. In July 2015, Sarah was also appointed as an Independent Funding and Costs Adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency.

• Sarah is bi-lingual in French and has a good working knowledge of German.
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Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at the common grounds for refusal in Part 9 of the Immigration Rules which provide for the refusal, and cancellation, of entry clearance, or permission to enter or remain, on the basis of previous criminal offences or other aspects of personal conduct, which are not deemed 'conducive to the public good'. Note that this Practice Note does not cover previous breaches of immigration laws, or the sham marriage or customs breach grounds.

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2010


  • BPP Law School – Bar Vocational Course (2006)


  • University of Warwick BA (Hons) Law & Sociology (2002)
  • College & Lycee International de Ferney-Voltaire, France (1991-1998)

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