Sarah Frow

Sarah Frow who leads our regulatory and litigation team specialises in Business Crime, Regulatory and litigation. She has gained extensive experience in representing clients facing investigations and prosecutions by the Police/CPS, Health and Safety Executive, Care Quality Commission, Local Authorities, and others. Sarah also deals with commercial dispute matters such as contractual disputes and recovering damages in both pursuing and defending claims.

In particular, Sarah advises clients regularly who are under investigation which has often lead to the prosecuting authority not proceeding with a prosecution. In addition to criminal proceedings, Sarah advises and represents clients in relation to inquests and public inquiries.

Sarah has strong ties to Yorkshire and the North East and regularly receives instructions from clients in those areas and the rest of the UK and internationally.

Some of Sarah’s work includes:

  • Assisting in defending numerous individuals accused of plying for hire in a prosecution brought by a Local Authority. It was argued by the prosecution that the use of a well-known ‘app’ was the equivalent of plying for hire. Sarah was successful at the first hearing and an appeal to the High Court. All the remaining prosecutions were withdrawn.
  • Defending a company who was prosecuted under fire safety regulation concerning an incident of overcrowding.
  • Acting for a hotel chain on various matters including statutory nuisance, health and safety and food safety matters.
  • Assisting an organisation prosecuted following the death of an employee who was electrocuted at work.
  • Representing a partnership following a health and safety prosecution following an employee suffering serious injuries after falling from a cherry picker without a harness.
  • Acting for a renowned retailer in relation to a prosecution due to allergens in food sold by the client.
  • Previously assisting in a well-known public inquiry representing one of the commercial core participants to the proceedings.

Upon joining Woods Whur, Sarah has gained experience in advising clients on the Licensing Act 2003 and the Gambling Act 2005. Specifically, Sarah has developed a specialist understanding of lottery products and the application of the Gambling Act 2005 in addition to the Gambling Commission’s Licensing Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP). Sarah regularly advises charity clients on their lottery products and licensable status in addition to submitting society lottery licensing applications to the Gambling Commission on behalf of clients. Sarah regularly delivers training on this topic to Society Lotteries and External Lottery Managers (ELM’s).

As with all the lawyers at Woods Whur, Sarah take a common sense and pragmatic approach in advising clients and prides herself on understanding how client organisations work and what is important to them, as well as working with regulators to obtain the best possible outcome whilst maintaining relationships with the regulators, in what normally are very difficult situations.

Whilst Sarah’s clients and their activities take her across the UK and beyond professionally, she enjoys to return home to York to enjoy a “real ale or three” by the river.

Please contact Sarah Frow on 07702802572 or sfrow@woodswhur.co.uk if you would like further information.