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Sarah Garvey



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Sarah Garvey



Sarah has extensive experience representing clients before the English High Court and in London arbitration proceedings. She handles complex UK and cross-border commercial disputes, with particular expertise in litigating shareholder disputes, conflict of laws and state immunity issues. Sarah also has a strong advisory practice and regularly provides transactional advice on topics such as governing law, jurisdiction, immunity and arbitration.

Sarah is also a key member of Allen & Overy's Brexit team and has been heavily involved in advising clients on the legal implications of Brexit as well as sitting on the Lord Chief Justice's Advisory Committee on Brexit and Civil Jurisdiction, chaired by Lord Hamblen. Sarah also sits on Allen & Overy’s Global Opinions Committee.

Sarah is Chair of the Law Society's Private International Law sub-Committee and a former Chair of the Law Society’s EU Committee. Sarah also sits on the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Private International Law, chaired by Lord Mance. 

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Publications: 19 January 2023

Cross-border enforcement of judgments in the post-Brexit age: a glimmer of light on the horizon?

This article considers whether Hague 2019 represents an attractive additional international convention for UK commercial litigants in cross-border disputes. It assesses the benefits and potential…

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Publications: 12 July 2022

No anti-suit injunction available against a state

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Publications: 22 June 2021

Podcast: English law and the English courts five years after the Brexit referendum – are they still an attractive choice?

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Blog Post: 05 May 2021

UK Sanctions - New guidance on monetary penalties and new corruption sanctions regime

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Called to Bar, England and Wales, 1994

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1998


BA (Hons) History, Queens' College, University of Cambridge

CPE (Law Conversion Course), City University, London

Bar vocational course, London

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