Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey. We are experienced in all types of international and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of sectors with a particular focus on both contentious and non-contentious corporate and finance law, investment funds, private equity, structured products, capital markets, regulatory and risk advisory, and private capital and trusts.
Walkers delivers clear, concise and practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey.
Advocate Sarah Brehaut has served a two-year term as Bâtonnier of the Guernsey Bar, ending in October 2020. The Bâtonnier is the head of the Guernsey Bar and is elected by members of the Bar for a two-year period. The role carries wide responsibilities including dealing with complaints of professional misconduct, liaison with the States of Guernsey on legislative reform and managing the structure of professional training and qualifications.
Sarah is a partner in Walkers' Guernsey Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group specialising in contentious insolvency and regulatory disputes.
She is an experienced court-going Advocate who frequently represents liquidators in respect of contentious and non-contentious matters before Guernsey's Royal Court in relation to compulsory and voluntary winding-up, and holds the BPP Certificate of Proficiency in Corporate Insolvency (for which she received the highest exam result in the country).
Sarah also advises and represents directors of regulated entities in respect of regulatory investigations and disputes.
She has significant experience in all aspects of commercial dispute as well as considerable experience of appearing in the Magistrate’s Court, Royal Court and Court of Appeal.
Sarah is recognised by Chambers UK, Legal 500 and Citywealth.
Sarah joined AO Hall, Walkers (Guernsey) LLP's predecessor firm in 2011 following an extensive career with the Guernsey Bar, commencing in 1996 when she first began working in the legal field.
Sarah was called to the Guernsey Bar as an Advocate in January 2001, and was called to the English Bar as a Barrister in 1999.
Admitted In:England and Wales (not practising)Guernsey
Qualifications:Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of WarwickBar Vocational Qualification, Nottingham Law SchoolCertificat d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises et Normandes, Caen University
2021 Chambers UK - Band 3
2020 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded
2020 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Dispute Resolution - Guernsey
2020 Chambers Global Guide - (Dispute Resolution) - "extremely intelligent and very good at clear, concise communication."
2020 Chambers and Partners UK Guide - Notable Practitioner
2020 Citywealth Woman of the Year - Rising Star Shortlist
2018 Legal 500 - (Dispute Resolution) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2018 Bâtonnier of the Guernsey Bar
2018 Chambers UK Guide - (Dispute Resolution) A Notable Practitioner. "Market commentators appreciate her 'very calm' approach to contentious matters."
2017 Legal 500 - (Dispute Resolution) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2017 Who's Who Legal - Investigations
2017 Chambers Global & Europe Guide - (Dispute Resolution) A Notable Practitioner. "Sarah Brehaut enjoys a growing reputation for her commercial dispute resolution work, with a strong track record appearing before the Magistrate's Court, Royal Court and Court of Appeal."
Sarah was referred to by Sir John Grenfell Nutting Bt., QC in the Court of Appeal as making submissions in a “realistic and indeed persuasive way” and in a further case of conceding “in argument with the realism which we would have expected of her”. In the Royal Court of Guernsey, LB Marshall referred to Sarah’s submissions as "…ably, attractively and forcefully put".
2016, Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Dispute Resolution)
2016, Legal 500 - ‘A formidable advocate and an expert in her field’
Sarah is a Notary Public.
'Sarah Brehaut is a highly impressive advocate. Always fully committed to her client’s case but never losing the ability to identify the weaknesses as well as the strengths which makes her a formidable mediation advocate.’