Sara Chisholm-Batten

Solicitor – admitted 2006

"Sara is precise, concise and pragmatic in her advice."
Chambers UK 2022

"She is very easy to work with and listens well. She really gets down into the details, and knows the rules inside and out."
Chambers UK 2022

"Sara Chisholm-Batten is an extremely thorough and methodical lawyer who can distil difficult concepts into practical advice"
Legal 500 2022

"Very energetic and incredibly responsive to clients"
Chambers 2021

"She is very efficient, with good judgement on both legal and commercial issues."
Chambers 2018

"Strong on the detail"
Chambers 2017

"She's good at co-ordinating and keeping everyone informed and keeping the process running." 
Chambers 2016


Sara is a highly effective, experienced commercial litigator and tactician. Clients describe her as "exceptional" and highlight her "commitment to the case" (Chambers and Partners). 
The clients Sara advises include multi-national corporations, development finance institutions, professional fiduciaries, high net worth individuals and public bodies. She has a particular aptitude for complex, multi-faceted disputes which she navigates with clear thinking and a keen commercial perspective.
Since moving to Michelmores from a major global law firm, Sara's overseas practice has expanded. Her current caseload includes disputes where parties and assets are based offshore, in Europe, Africa, Asia, India, Russia, North and South America, New Zealand and other parts of the world.
Sara is a specialist in cross border enforcement measures and has a wealth of first hand international experience in this area (including in Emerging Markets), which she uses for the benefit of her clients.
Sara is an officer on the International Bar Association's litigation committee and is an observer for the IBA at the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) Jurisdiction Project.
Sara is ranked as a notable practitioner in Chambers and Partners 2022 for Litigation, and as a Leading Individual for fraud cases in Legal 500. She is also ranked as a "Future Leader: Litigation" in Who's Who Legal 2022.

Recent Experience

  • Securing a worldwide asset freezing injunction (with a value of over £23 million) against an individual in a high profile, reported case on behalf of a UK government agency;
  • Acting for a UK domiciled client and trust beneficiary, defending a multi-million dollar tracing claim brought by a third party based in Kazakhstan. The case spanned multiple off shore jurisdictions;
  • Recovering over US$8 million for a major US Satellite Communications company in a dispute with a Nigerian entity;
  • Successfully defending and settling a £30 million partnership dispute;
  • Advising, in parallel with lawyers in the local jurisdiction, on a variety of disputes involving off shore corporate and trust structures, including proprietary claims for breach of trust;
  • Attending negotiations, over a period of several years, of the new Hague Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters, as an observer for the International Bar Association.

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