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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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Blog Post: 05 MAY 2021

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

The UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) has updated its guidance on the monetary penalties which it can impose for breaches of financial sanctions, and the UK Government has…

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Publications: 01 MARCH 2021

Brexit and dispute resolution clauses: the options for finance parties

The end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 marked a period of momentous change in the field of private international law, with the UK departing from long standing regimes covering the…

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Publications: 15 FEBRUARY 2021

Asymmetric jurisdiction agreements – are they effective against “torpedo” actions in another court?

An asymmetric jurisdiction agreement is an exclusive jurisdiction agreement for the purposes of the “anti torpedo” provisions of the Brussels Recast Regulation. This means that the court given…

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Publications: 12 JANUARY 2021

Brexit certainty at last? An overview of the new EU-UK trading relationship

Following months of protracted negotiations and coming four and a half years after the UK voted to leave the EU, 24 December 2020 saw the EU and UK finally agree the shape of their future…

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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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