"She is very easy to work with and listens well. She really gets down into the details, and knows the rules inside and out."
Chambers UK 2022
"Sara Chisholm-Batten is an extremely thorough and methodical lawyer who can distil difficult concepts into practical advice"
Legal 500 2022
"Very energetic and incredibly responsive to clients"
"She is very efficient, with good judgement on both legal and commercial issues."
"Strong on the detail"
"She's good at co-ordinating and keeping everyone informed and keeping the process running."
Sara is a highly effective, experienced commercial litigator and tactician. Clients describe her as "exceptional" and highlight her "commitment to the case" (Chambers and Partners). Sara has been ranked as a notable practitioner in Chambers and Partners and has been recognised for her expertise in The Legal 500.
The clients Sara advises include multi-national corporations, professional fiduciaries, high net worth individuals and public bodies. She has a particular aptitude for complex, multi-faceted disputes which she navigates with clear thinking and a keen commercial perspective.
Since moving to Michelmores from a major global law firm, Sara's overseas practice has expanded. Her current caseload includes disputes where parties and assets are based offshore, in Europe, Africa, Asia, India, Russia and the CIS, North and South America, New Zealand and other parts of the world.
Sara is a specialist in cross border enforcement measures and has a wealth of first hand international experience in this area (including in Emerging Markets), which she uses for the benefit of her clients.
Sara is an officer on the International Bar Association's litigation committee and is an observer for the IBA at the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) Jurisdiction Project.
Sara is a Ranked Individual in Chambers and Partners 2021 for Litigation. She is also ranked as a "Future Leader: Litigation" in Who's Who Legal 2021.
- Securing a worldwide asset freezing injunction (with a value of over £23 million) against an individual in a high profile, reported case on behalf of a UK government agency;
- Acting for a UK domiciled client and trust beneficiary, defending a multi-million dollar tracing claim brought by a third party based in the CIS. The case spanned multiple off shore jurisdictions.
- Recovering over US$8 million for a major US Satellite Communications company in a dispute with a Nigerian entity;
- Successfully defending and settling a £30 million partnership dispute;
- Advising, in parallel with lawyers in the local jurisdiction, on a variety of disputes involving off shore corporate and trust structures, including proprietary claims for breach of trust.
- Attending negotiations, over a period of several years, of the new Hague Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters, as an observer for the International Bar Association.