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Sarah is a Partner in the Matrimonial Unit at Ward Hadaway and has over 18 years' experience dealing with divorce and financial issues.

She deals with all aspects of family breakdown including divorce, finances, pre and post-nuptial agreements, separation agreements, disputes between cohabitees and private law children matters.

Sarah is an Examiner on the National Resolution Accredited Specialist Scheme. She is also a member of our Graduate Recruitment Panel.

Sarah believes in working closely with other experts to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.


Sarah is regularly engaged in financial remedy cases where the married couple’s affairs have become intertwined with the affairs of a third party such as a Company, Partnership, Trust or Farm, or where there are disputes over jointly owned property or other related contractual or commercial disputes.

Sarah has successfully represented clients arguing to exclude non-matrimonial property from financial agreements and orders such as inherited wealth, pre-marital wealth, post-separation wealth, personal injury compensation and company shareholdings.

Her clients have included colleagues and other members of the legal profession, company directors, sports people, media people and health care professionals.

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What our clients say

  • "Sarah [Crilly] demonstrated focus, courage and resolution, whilst being assertive yet patient"

  • “A perfect acronym for Sarah [Crilly] would be ‘I CARE’ – Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence”

Independent verdict

  • "Sarah is described as a 'calming influence’ who ‘takes away all of the client’s anxieties’; she is ‘easy to communicate with’ and provides ‘thorough advice’ and ‘very good assistance with matters involving financial remedies."

    Legal 500
  • "Sarah Crilly is an associate with in-depth experience of divorces involving businesses or other third parties. One source says: 'I was really impressed; she is very approachable and gave very clear, concise advice, really thinking about the problem from all angles'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Sarah Crilly stands out as an experienced and competent performer."

    Legal 500
  • "Sarah Crilly is a well-regarded associate who is 'pleasant and personable'. She has considerable experience advising on divorce and financial remedy cases, especially those complicated by corporate and trust issues."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "[Sarah] is a "very talented lawyer"

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Sarah Crilly is highlighted by clients for her practical approach. She has considerable experience in handling high-profile divorces and cases involving business assets.”

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "The ‘unflappable’ and ‘diligent’ Sarah Crilly.”

    Legal 500
  • "Sarah Crilly is a well-respected solicitor who "knows her stuff," according to sources in the market. She is particularly well known for handling financial and insolvency-related issues surrounding divorce proceedings."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Technically very good and sensible in finding solutions."

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