Sarah Garvey

Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, International Arbitration

"One of the best lawyers around"
Legal 500


Clients turn to Sarah Garvey as an experienced commercial litigator, for advice on complex commercial and banking disputes before the English High Court and in arbitration proceedings. She has a proven track record acting for clients in ‘high stakes’ litigation usually with a cross border element including in shareholder disputes, M&A disputes, financial disputes, contractual disputes, enforcement actions and jurisdictional disputes. Sarah is proficient in private international law, sovereign immunity and jurisdictional issues. She acts for financial institutions, sovereigns, central banks, development banks, corporates and funds. Sarah regularly works with transaction colleagues on deals, advising on immunity issues, jurisdiction/arbitration clauses, legal opinions and other litigation risk issues. 


  • "Sarah Garvey is incredibly dedicated to her clients and cases, and looks at issues from every angle to try and make sure they are covered." (Legal 500 Public International law)
  • "Sarah Garvey has both litigation and transactional experience, which is really useful. A very safe pair of hands, and her work product is first rate."  (Legal 500 Public International law)
  • Described as an "outstanding, client-focused" litigator. (Legal 500, Premium Commercial Litigation) 
  • "One of the best lawyers around".  (Legal 500)
  • "she is brilliant, and great to work with. Her case management is particularly impressive, since she always seems to know exactly which cogs are turning in the litigation at any given moment, but combines this with good humour." (Legal 500) 


  • Queens' College, University of Cambridge, MA (Cantab.) History
  • City University, London, CPE (Law Conversion Course)


  • England and Wales


  • Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Private International Law, chaired by Lord Mance 
  • A former Chair of the Law Society's Private International Law Group 
  • The Law Society’s International Law Committee 
  • Commercial Court Users’ Committee