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SARAH BENTLEY

Sarah is recognised as an expert in family and child welfare across East Lancashire and established her own practice, based on 30 years’ experience, in 2017.

A long-time member of the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme and a former student at Burnley Girls High School, Sarah achieved a Law degree at Birmingham University before completing her professional qualifications at Chester Law College.

She completed her ‘articles’ at Southern, Jobling and Ashworth – a Burnley practice with a history dating back to 1792 and which later became Southerns Solicitors – and rose to partner level by the age of 28.

Sarah’s work covered the whole spectrum of law early in her career. She completed all types of conveyancing work, litigation including family law, criminal advocacy both prosecuting and defending and served as one of the first members of the then police duty solicitor rota.

In the mid ‘90’s, she turned her attention exclusively to family law and was accredited as a member of the Law Society Children Panel, enabling her to represent children in care proceedings.

Sarah was a founder member of the East Lancashire Domestic Violence Forum in Burnley, Chair of Governors of Habergham High School Burnley and the-then Thomas Whitham Sixth Form for over 10 years and also Chair of the Citizen’s Advice Management Committee.