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Sarah Forshaw QC

Call: 1987

Silk: 2008

email: sarah.forshaw@5kbw.co.uk

Sarah Forshaw

"...Forshaw oozes class, her elegant delivery gave her the edge.....I could think of no one I would rather have representing me..."...Financial Times

Sarah Forshaw QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2008 following a successful practice as a junior, and quickly established a formidable silks practice, predominantly at the Central Criminal Court. She was nominated by Chambers & Partners as “Crime Silk of the Year” 2013 and is a former Leader of the South Eastern Circuit.

Miss Forshaw has been involved in a number of high profile cases, largely murders and sexual offences. They include the successful defence of one of twenty defendants in Operation Farnhams, the Victoria Underground Station murder, and of the first defendant in the Eddy Shah historic sex abuse trial. She specialises in offences involving serious and organised crime including homicide and cases involving the importation, manufacture and supply of drugs. Miss Forshaw is frequently instructed in the defence of professional individuals who find themselves charged under the Sexual Offences Act.

Additionally, Miss Forshaw is regularly instructed in cases of financial crime including VAT, diversion, Inland Revenue, mortgage, advance fee and other commercial fraud, together with fraudulent trading and DTI prosecutions. Regulatory experience includes providing advice and representation at the General Medical Council.

Sarah Forshaw QC is able to accept instructions direct from the public in appropriate cases. For further information in this regard please contact the Senior Clerk.

Recent Cases Include:

Sexual Offences:

R v. Dahlgaard 2015

Successful defence of German national charged with rape

R v. Pallant, Shah & Davies 2013

Successful defence of 1st defendant, a businessman charged with historic sex offences in the Eddy Shah Old Bailey trial. BBC news report here

R v. W 2013

Successful defence of firefighter accused of raping female colleague at "watch" new years eve party.

R v. Thompson 2012 / 2013

Successful defence of defendant with aspergers syndrome of 42 counts of historic sexual abuse. Defendant had previous convictions which were subsequently overturned on Appeal. Internet report here.

R v. Dr M 2011

Successful defence of a Dr accused of rape and sexual assault of two nurses.

R v. GT & ors 2011

Successful defence of 15 year old boy charged with a gang rape of fellow pupil.


R v. Brennan 2013 / 2014

Defence of Gay escort accussed of killing 53 year old antiques dealer. Murder conviction overturned on appeal and sentence reduced. BBC report here.

R v. Phillips & ors 2014

Successful defence of young women charged with joint enterprise murder of 20 year old man by stabbing at a party in north London. BBC report here

R v. D & ors 2015

Successful defence of 17 year old in a Leytonstone double murder of drugs gang attack. BBC report here

R v. Riaz & anr 2015

Successful defence of Law Student over alleged revenge porn threat and lover murdering boyfriend. Daily Mail report here

R v. Khan 2015

Brutal murder by Pakistani national of his Eastern European wife after failed residency attempt. Guardian report here.


Queens Counsel [2008]
Chair - Central London Bar Mess [2008 - 2011]
SFO Approved Panel of QC's [2009]
Director of Education & Training for South Eastern Circuit [2011 - 2012]
Leader of South Eastern Circuit [2012 - 2014]
Bencher - Middle Temple [2013]


Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit

Further Case examples:

R v Kharrahassan & ors [2014]

Successful defence of grocer charged with importing £5m of cocaine

Appeal of Goldie Coats [2013]

"Battered Women Syndrome" appeal case.

R v. Hassan & ors [C.C.C. - 2013]

Old Bailey trial concerning the murder of 18 year old man who had been accused of rape.

R v. G & 4 ors [C.C.C. - 2013]

Old Bailey trial concerning the brutal stabbing of a man in East London.

R v. Leader [C.C.C. - 2012]

Old Bailey trial concerning the murder of a man outside an Islington Pub with a golf club.

Operation Farnhams [C.C.C. - 2011 - 2012]

Old Bailey trials concerning the brutal murder of Sofyen Belamouadden at Victoria station.

R v. Lowe & ors [C.C.C. - 2011]

Old Bailey trial concerning the brutal torture and killing of love rival.

R v. Sellman [Maidstone - 2010]

Murder. Baby shaking case involving the tragic death of a 25 day old girl.

R v. Jermey [CCC - 2009]

Murder of 34 year old Mercedes executive by her partner.