A magnificent mediator, who is capable of cracking the hardest of disputes, and has many years of top-level property law experience behind her
Clever and cool-headed
Sara is a property and commercial specialist who is equally at home in a domestic or an international context. She brings particular expertise to matters involving insolvency, issues arising in relation to property development and disputes concerning ownership of and rights in land.
Recognised as a leading mediator and maintaining an impressive rate of success, Sara’s mediation practice continues to go from strength to strength. She manages to combine a friendly and accessible approach with a keen practical and business sense, regularly dealing with complex factual and legal disputes whilst remaining focused on the practical realities of the situation and helping the parties to find sensible and inventive solutions. A long-standing member of Hardwicke’s Property and Commercial Teams as well as being a founder-member of The Property Mediators, and a particularly highly-regarded advocate whether in court, arbitration, planning hearings, or before the various specialist property and commercial tribunals, Sara brings all of that experience and expertise to bear in her mediation work.
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When not being a barrister or mediating, Sara’s time is divided between a range of musical activities, running around muddy fields umpiring women’s lacrosse, attempting to improve her rowing technique, and waiting for hope to triumph over despair as a fan of West Ham United.
Commercial Landlord & Tenant
Development & Planning
Leasehold & Leasehold Management
Real Property & Mortgages
Trusts of Land
Contentious Probate & Inheritance Act Claims
- Civil Mediation Council
- The Property Mediators
- Property Bar Association
- Chancery Bar Association
Cousins: Law of Mortgages (Sweet & Maxwell, 3rd edition – 2010)
- LLB (Hons)
- Accredited Mediator
Legal 500 recommends Sara as a Mediator: “a magnificent mediator, who is capable of cracking the hardest of disputes, and has many years of top-level property law experience behind her.”
Chambers UK says: “Sara Benbow of Hardwicke enjoys a strong profile in commercial and property mediation. Her practice has a national footprint” and “Sara is approachable and practical, and gives reality checks in a constructive way.”
Bar Pro Bono Unit Reviewer