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Sarah Farnden KC

Sarah Farnden KC


Sarah practices primarily in criminal law, regulatory matters, administrative law and related appeals. 

Sarah was first called to the bar in 2001 and took silk in 2022. 

Sarah accepts briefs in criminal, regulatory and administrative law matters. She is regularly briefed in complex criminal trials and appeals as well complex work health safety matters for both prosecution and defence. Sarah accepts briefs in administrative law matters that are related to criminal law. Sarah is available to travel and is admitted to practice in New Zealand and has experience appearing in other states around Australia as well as Norfolk Island. 

Prior to joining the private bar Sarah was employed by the Qld Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and gained considerable expertise in all aspects of criminal and related proceedings in all jurisdictions and locations throughout Queensland. This includes prosecuting a substantial number of very high profile and difficult matters for all types of offences including complex homicide matters, fraud and corruption. Sarah appears regularly in the Court of Appeal and has appeared as both junior and lead counsel in High Court matters. 

Sarah also worked as special counsel for Crown Law and provided complex advice on many varied matters as well as appearing in regulatory prosecutions, including on appeal. She also has considerable experience in the Mental Health Court and appearing on applications under the Dangerous Prisoner Legislation. 

Sarah is a recommended leading criminal law senior counsel in Queensland in Doyles Guide. 

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