Clerking team

Paul Laverty
Paul Laverty

Senior Clerk - Family and Court of Protection

Ryan Barker

Assistant Senior and Matrimonial Finance Clerk

Emma Manning

Matrimonial Finance Clerk

‘Sally is an outstandingly skilled advocate. Her ability and aplomb are without equal outside of London, she is a superstar with a steely edge to her advocacy that is highly effective, and she has an excellent ability to think on her feet and adapt as required.’

Legal 500, 2024

Strengths: “Sally is the star of the family finance Bar. She is in a league of her own and without parallel. She is loved by clients for her candour and style. She is a joy to watch in advocacy.”

“She has an assertive advocacy style; she is brilliant and phenomenal.”

“Sally is at the top of her game. She has the ear of the court and is so gracious as an opponent.”

Chambers UK Bar, 2024 (Star Individual)

Hugely respected for her skill at taking on high-profile and high-value matrimonial finance matters. Harrison has cultivated a great reputation representing high net worth individuals in High Court cases and in relation to prenuptial agreements. She uses her wealth of experience in the area to assist in complex cases involving allegations of physical harm and non-disclosure, among others. 

Overview

As a renowned and highly respected matrimonial finance practitioner with many years of specialist experience, Sally is the first choice for high net worth and high profile individuals. Her cases concern complex £multi-million assets, often with complex business and trust structures. She has appeared in many landmark reported cases including Gohil ([2015] UKSC 61) in the UK Supreme Court, which is the leading authority in relation to non-disclosure and setting aside.

More recently, Sally appeared in the case of Moher ([2019] EWCA Civ 1482) in the Court of Appeal, which is one of the seminal authorities in relation to the quantification of assets in non-disclosure cases.

In 2021, she has appeared in the Court of Appeal in the case of Ratcliffe ([2021] EWCA civ 247) and represented the husband in the appeal against the Arbitration Award in the case of A v A ((Arbitration Guidance) [2021] EWHC 1889 (Fam)) which is now the leading authority in relation to the correct procedure to be adopted when challenging an Arbitration Award.

She is regularly involved in drafting and advising in prenuptial agreements and family arrangements for high net worth individuals. She is known as a robust advocate, but one who “puts every client at ease” and is highly praised for her modern and flexible approach.

Personal information

Sally lectures nationally, including at FLBA events, on all aspects of matrimonial finance. She regularly hosts seminars on all aspects of family finance.

Away from Chambers, she enjoys road cycling, open water swimming and spending time with her two children.

  • Chambers UK Bar 2023: Ranked
  • Legal 500 2023: Leading Silk

Family finance

Sally’s wealth of knowledge and experience have been acknowledged by a number of accolades both nationally and regionally.

Sally has worked internationally including appearing in the Court of Appeal in the Cayman Islands. She is called the Bar in Northern Ireland and has appeared regularly in the High Court in Belfast in cases concerning £multi-million assets.

Sally has extensive knowledge and expertise in cases concerning complex business structures, trust assets and hidden assets for example representing the wife in the case of Richardson-Ruhan in which findings of non disclosure of extensive hidden wealth were made against the husband.

She is regularly instructed to draft pre-nuptial agreements and has appeared in a number of cases concerning the financial provision following a pre-nuptial agreements and post separation accrual after a long separation eg A v B (No 2).

She is frequently asked to advise in cases concerning complex family financial restructure and asset preservation, freezing injunctions, applications concerning reporting restrictions, injunctions to protect business trading and application to restrain a party from leaving the jurisdiction during financial remedy proceedings.

Section 1 Children Act

Sally is recognised for her expertise in the Schedule 1 Children Act and has notable experience in dealing with complex family arrangements and international cases, often involving high profile individuals.

Cases

A v A (Arbitration Guidance) [2021] EWHC 1889 (Fam)

https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2021/1889.html

Ratcliffe v Ratcliffe [2021] EWCA civ 247

https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2021/247.html

Moher v Moher [2019] EWCA Civ 1482, [2020] 1 FLR 225

https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2019/1482.html

https://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed202446

A v B (financial remedies: application to strike out) [2018] EWFC 4, [2018] All ER 98, [2018] 4 WLR 100, [2019] 1 FLR 1

A v B (financial remedies) (No 2) [2018] EWFC 45, [2018] All ER 152, [2019] 1 FLR 17

Richardson-Ruhan v Ruhan [2017] EWHC 2739 (fam)

Roocroft v Ball [2016] EWCA Civ 1009, [2017] 1 WLR 1137, [2017] 2 FLR 810

H v H [2016] EWFC B81

Gohil v Gohil [2015] UKSC 61, [2016] AC 849, [2016] 1 All ER 685, [2015] 3 WLR 1085, [2015] 2 FLR 1289, [2015] 3 FCR 497, [2015] Fam Law 1459, 165 NLJ 7673, (2015) Times 3 November, [2015] All ER 100

https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2014-0200-judgment.pdf

J v J [2014] EWHC 3654 (Fam), [2014] All ER 15, [2016] 1 FCR 31

Bhura v Bhura [2012] EWHC 3633, [2013] 2 FLR 44, [2013] 3 FCR 142, [2013] Fam Law 391, [2012] All ER 151

Richardson v Richardson [2011] EWCA Civ 79, [2011] 2 FLR 244, [2011] 1 FCR 301, [2011] Fam Law 456, [2011] All ER 86

C v C [2007] EWHC 2033 (Fam)

Family arbitration

Sally is a qualified Arbitrator under the IFLA Financial Arbitration Scheme and has appeared in a number of fully contested arbitration hearings including the first instance arbitration in A v A.

Private FDR

Sally has experience of appearing in and conducting many private FDRs. Her status as a qualified arbitrator and experience of many years of representing clients at FDR enables Sally to take a pragmatic approach to assisting parties in understanding what the likely outcome of their case would be should they take it forward to a public FDR in court. The Private FDR solution provides a speedy and private resolution to such matters and ensures the outcome matches that which would be achieved in open court.

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers