Hardwicke
Sarah Venn

Sarah Venn

Year of call: 2002

Call: +44 (0)20 7242 2523
Email: sarah.venn@hardwicke.co.uk

Introduction

Sarah is an insurance (personal injury) and professional negligence specialist.  Sarah acts for claimants and defendants in personal injury litigation and her practice focuses on high value claims; claims in which fraud and dishonesty are alleged; and, claims with complicated legal, factual and causation issues. Sarah represents injured members of the British Cycling Federation and the British Triathlon Federation and has acted for Team GB members. She has a particular interest in vestibular injuries and balance disorders arising out of accidents and regularly speaks on this subject with a Consultant Neuro-Otologist and Specialist Vestibular Physiotherapist. Sarah was described as being “easily on a par with juniors twice her call”.

Sarah’s professional negligence work is predominantly for insurers and encompasses claims made against a range of professionals; she has recently acted for a tree surgeon and a software developer and frequently acts for solicitors, particularly where negligence is alleged in the conduct of a personal injury claim or arising out of a property transaction.

Sarah sits as a Deputy District Judge (Civil) on the South Eastern Circuit and is an ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.

Before joining Hardwicke, Sarah worked for two top 40 law firms as in-house Counsel (with a full advisory, Court and pleadings practice), where she gained invaluable experience of working closely with solicitors.

Directory Recommendations

Sarah is recommended as a leading junior for personal injury work by Legal 500.

"Very thorough, conscientious and client friendly"

Qualifications

Memberships

Directories

Personal Injury

Sarah is an established personal injury practitioner with a strong reputation who is recommended as a leading junior in this area by Legal 500.  She has acted alone in high value (>£1,000,000) catastrophic injury claims and obtained a £2.1 million settlement for a claimant who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a road-traffic collision.

Sarah has experience of employer’s liability, public liability, disease, product liability (including the PIP Breast Implant and Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement litigation), road traffic and travel injury claims.  She has also defended and acted for claimants in claims arising out of fatal accidents and appeared in connected inquests.

She has particular expertise in claims where fraud and dishonesty are suspected or alleged and has successfully defended many claims at trial.

Recent work

Professional Negligence

Sarah is frequently, but not solely instructed by insurers to defend claims from pre-action correspondence to trial.  She has prepared scoping papers for solicitors facing multiple claims arising out of the alleged under-settlement of injury claims and gives commercially sensitive and practical advice.  Sarah is currently involved in the defence of a number of high value claims, including one in the High Court, where solicitors are alleged to have failed to properly maximise a damages claim, in addition to allegedly providing negligent settlement advice.

Sarah has particular experience of transactions involving property and alleged solicitors’ negligence; she has acted in a range of claims, including lenders’ claims and claims arising out of transactions involving the alleged fraudulent disposal of property.

Sarah acts for the insurers of a range professionals and has successfully defended claims brought against a software developer for breach of contract and is currently involved in claims brought against opticians, including where LASIK surgery was performed.