About Sarah

Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and joined Machins in 2016. She became a partner in 2020. She is a member of the Law Society’s Children’s Panel and a member of Resolution.

Sarah specialises in children’s law. This includes representation of parents, family members, interveners, children’s guardians and direct representation of competent children, in such matters, including complex non-accidental injury of children, sexual abuse, death/murder of parent/family member, neglect and child assessment order applications.

Sarah has extensive experience of acting for children’s guardians, as well as vulnerable adults with learning difficulties who require the use of an intermediary. She also acts in matters before the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

She has been identified in the Legal 500 as a rising star for the last two years.

Specialist practice areas

  • Care proceedings
  • Public law outline
  • Contact with a child in care
  • Discharge of care orders
  • Revocation of placement orders
  • Child abductions
  • Secure accommodation proceedings
  • Placement order proceedings
  • Contested adoption
  • Children associated Human Rights Act applications
  • Child protection


Sarah Ashby is compassionate, with excellent communication skills. She understands her client’s cases really well; she thinks outside the box and perseveres.
Legal 500 2021
Sarah Ashby is a fantastic solicitor. She is empathetic and will go above and beyond for her clients. She is very hard working and will pursue all avenues to ensure that a fair outcome is achieved. She also thinks outside the box and will consider applications that other parties did not consider. She is truly exceptional.
Legal 500 2021
Excellent support and advice, child centred throughout, hardworking and focussed

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