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Sara Upton

Sara Upton | Senior Associate 020 7874 8548

Legal 500 2017 recommended lawyerI joined Hodge Jones & Allen LLP in July 2010. I specialise in public law children work, representing parents and other family members following the involvement of social services with their family. I am a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and am regularly appointed to represent children in the Family Courts. I act for Children’s Guardians and am also instructed directly by children who have the capacity to do so.

I have acted in complex cases involving non-accidental injuries. I have particular expertise representing parents and children in care proceedings involving a wide range of issues such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse, mental health difficulties and learning difficulties. I have also been regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor in cases where a party lacks the capacity to conduct litigation. I have also acted in proceedings where the Local Authority has applied for a young person to be placed in Secure Accommodation.

In addition to public law children work, I also advise on private law contact and residence matters.


  • College of Law, Guildford, LPC (2002)
  • University of Reading, LLB 2:1 (Hons) (2001)


  • Hodge Jones & Allen LLP (2010)
  • Steel & Shamash Solicitors (2006-10)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor, (September 2006)
  • Trainee, Steel & Shamash Solicitors (2004-06)

Client Comments

  • “Sara supported me throughout my time in the family court without judgment.”

Membership & Appointments

  • Resolution
  • The Law Society Children Panel
  • Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC)

Personal Interests

I regularly go to the theatre and to gigs. I also enjoy travelling, cinema and reading.

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