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Sabrina practises in all of Chambers’ core practice areas, including financial services, regulatory crime and general consumer law. She undertakes drafting and advisory work and regularly appears in various courts, including at appellate level.

Sabrina regularly represents banks and financial institutions at trial and interim hearings. She advises on and appears in enforceability disputes (including where allegations of ineffective assignment, non-compliant documentation, penalties, lack of capacity, identity fraud and undue influence are made, along with challenges to the regulatory status of financial products and guarantor liability), mis-selling claims (in particular, under s.75 and s.140A CCA in the context of insurance, timeshare products and solar panels), possession claims, return of goods hearings, and authorised push payment fraud claims.

Sabrina assisted Kate Urell in successfully defending arguments that a Tomlin Order under which the appellant owed in excess of £50m provided credit and that the compound interest provisions therein amounted to a penalty (Gertner v CFL Finance Ltd [2020] EWHC 1241 (Ch)). Sabrina subsequently drafted (with Kate Urell) the application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. She has also assisted Jonathan Kirk QC and Thomas Samuels in a multi-million pound pensions mis-selling claim involving allegations of joint enterprise, breach of COBS and claims under s.27 of FSMA.

Sabrina has experience of reviewing loan books for FCA compliance, drafting loan agreements and the required surrounding documentation, and reviewing financial promotions. Having been seconded twice to the FCA, Sabrina is particularly well placed to advise on matters arising from compliance with the FCA Handbook.

Sabrina undertakes a wide range of general commercial work from pure contractual disputes through to bankruptcy and professional negligence claims. Recent instructions include:

– successfully opposing an interim injunction sought in the High Court to prevent a credit reference agency from including allegedly inaccurate information on the applicant’s credit file

– pleading a complex professional negligence claim brought by a lender against a valuer

– defending a claim of frustration brought as a result of the pandemic

– advising on a Land Registry rectification claim

– pleading a claim in conversion against a car dealer who had purchased a vehicle from a hirer under a hire purchase agreement

Sabrina prosecutes and defends, both as sole counsel and led, a range of regulatory offences, from pre-charge advice through to trial. Recent work includes:

– prosecuting fourteen defendants accused of engaging in a model agency fraud worth in excess of £13m (led by Jonathan Kirk QC and Cameron Crowe)

– prosecuting ten door-to-door fish salesmen for fraudulent trading and CPUT offences across eight separate prosecutions (see NTS and press coverage) (led by Jonathan Goulding/Cameron Crowe)

– prosecuting tobacco product suppliers for breach of labelling and trademark requirements

– prosecuting four estate agents for money laundering offences (led by Cameron Crowe)

– defending an age restricted product prosecution

– defending a butcher prosecuted for hygiene offences

– defending three directors prosecuted for failing to file company accounts

Sabrina regularly advises on food labelling issues (especially where health and/or nutritional claims are made), the Primary Authority Scheme, non-compliance with improvement notices, the imposition of closure notices/orders in the context of Covid-19, alcohol and tobacco licences and civil complaints regarding dangerous dogs.

Sabrina delivers seminars across the spectrum of her work, including to CTSI.

Sabrina has a broad experience of other consumer matters, including:

  • Civil redress under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008
  • The right to reject goods under the Consumer Rights Act 2015
  • Unfair contract terms
  • Civil aviation matters
  • Privacy notices
  • Bankruptcy petitions
  • Investigations by the Gambling Commission

Sabrina is authorised to accept Direct Access instructions and will act on this basis where appropriate, usually for businesses and professionals.

Financial Services

Contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Financial Services Law, loose leaf, Sweet & Maxwell

Regular contributor to Chambers’ monthly consumer credit column for Practical Law

Consumer and Regulatory

Contributing editor to Consumer and Trading Standards: Law and Practice (‘the Pink Book’), 6th – 9th Editions, Lexis Nexis

General Editor to Consumer and Trading Law Cases law reports (2018 – 2020)

Financial Services Lawyers Association

During her training, Sabrina was awarded scholarships for the Graduate Diploma in Law from City University and for the Bar Professional Training Course from BPP London. She also won the 2018 Inner Temple Davis Prize for pupils advocacy, was a member of the winning team in the national round of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition 2016 and went on to represent England at the international finals in The Hague, and was runner-up in the 2016/17 Times/2TG moot.

Sabrina undertakes pro bono work for Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit) and is an advocacy trainer for Inner Temple.

Outside the law, Sabrina enjoys playing squash and swimming.

Who I am

I am a specialist consumer law barrister providing legal services at Gough Square Chambers. You can contact me at sabrina.goodchild@goughsq.co.uk, on 0207 353 0924 or at Gough Square Chambers, 6-7 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE.

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