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Sally Penni

Year of Call: 2000

Sally Penni is a Barrister at Kenworthy’s Chambers who practices in

Sally Penni has practiced Criminal and Employment Law since 2000, joining Kenworthy's Chambers in 2004. She speaks French, basic Spanish and is trained in sign language.

Criminal Law

Sally Penni practices Criminal Law, she accepts instructions on behalf of both the defence and prosecution and her extensive practice includes regulatory crime, fraud, cyber security and data breaches.

She has advised organisations on breaches of the Data Protection Act and has prosecuted for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). She has experience working in the International Crime Court (ICC).

In preparing and conducting cases Sally Penni has a reputation for being thorough, with a particular eye for detail. She enjoys a reputation for researching her cases until she knows them 'inside out'.

Sally Penni has plenty of experience as a Criminal Barrister working with young offenders and vulnerable witnesses with mental health issues. She also enjoys taking instructions in cyber security crime. She is an Author and Contributor on the Cyber Security Law and Guidance book published by Bloomsbury.

Sally Penni works on cases involving fire regulations, fraud, Data Protection Law and Artificial Intelligence Law governing robotics and autonomous cars.

If you have a Crime case you need advice or advocacy for, call our Criminal Clerks Paul Mander and Greg Highton on 0161 832 4036, email [email protected], [email protected] or fill out our contact form.

Employment Law

Sally Penni has practiced Employment Law since being called to the Bar in 2000 She joined Kenworthy's Chambers Employment Team in 2004.

Sally Penni works on Employment Law cases involving disability, sex, and race discrimination. She also gives advice on whistleblowing cases and representation at professional disciplinary hearings and grievances.

Her experience as an Independent School Governor and Non-executive Director makes her Employment Law practice especially unique.

Employment Barrister Sally Penni representation at Employment Tribunal (ET) and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) hearings and can draft legal documents such as Contracts of Employment and Compromise Agreements.

Known as the go-to expert on gender, Sally Penni has advised Senior Executives on discrimination and menopause in the workplace.

Sally Penni has unrivalled knowledge of data protection and provides companies with training in GDPR.

She acts for claimants and respondents and accepts appropriate instructions on a direct access basis.

If you have an Employment Law case you need advice or advocacy for, call our Clerk Ella Edwards on 0161 832 4036, email [email protected] or fill out our contact form.

Public Access

For appropriate Crime and Employment Law cases, Sally Penni will accept instructions from the general public on a direct access basis.

Please refer to the below pricing range for Public Access Barrister services. Prices are subject to case type, complexity and seniority or experience of the Barrister. Accurate quotes will be provided before work on the case begins.


Services Cost
Advice and Preparation (Hourly Rate): £500 + VAT
Court Attendance (Day Rate): £300 to £1,000 + VAT
Conferences (Hourly Rate): £250 + VAT

Crown Court
Services Cost
Advice and Preparation (Hourly Rate): £500 + VAT
Trial Attendance (Day 1): £1000 to £4000
Trial Attendance (Additional days) £500 to £1500 + VAT
Conferences (Hourly Rate): £250 + VAT
Pre-Trial and Post-Trial hearings: £300 to £1,000 + VAT

Court of Appeal and High Court
Services Cost
Advice and Preparation (Hourly Rate): £500 + VAT
Court Attendances (Day Rate): £1000 to £4000
Conferences (Hourly Rate): £250 + VAT

*These price ranges are based on local courts; other courts will incur a travel charge.

Please contact our Senior Criminal Clerk, Paul Mander ([email protected]) for further information.

Services Cost
Conferences (Hourly Rate): £250 + VAT
Trial Hearings (Less than 5 Days): £1250 - £5,000 + VAT
Additional Days: £750 + VAT
Pre-Trial Hearings: £750 - £1,250 + VAT
Advice and Preparation (Hourly Rate): £500 + VAT

*These price ranges are based on local Tribunals; other Tribunals will incur a travel charge.

Please contact our Employment Clerk, Ella Edwards ([email protected]) for further information.

+ Notable Cases

  • R v Raynard Senega.
  • R v B: Alleged stranger rape involving complex phone evidence, expert evidence, and multiple social media platforms.

+ Qualifications

  • MBE Award (Member of the Order of the British Empire) issued by the Queen’s birthday honours list 2020
  • Awarded the Point of Light Award by the UK Prime Minister
  • Master of the Bench at Gray’s Inn
  • Winner of The Outstanding Woman in Professional Services 2021
  • Winner of Barrister of the Year 2020 at the Modern Law Awards
  • Winner of The Outstanding Social Behaviour Award 2020 for social impact
  • Winner of Northern Leadership Awards 2019 issued by Business Desk
  • Winner of Woman of Influence in Law Award 2019
  • Winner of Women’s International Network Global Award 2019
  • Trained Pupil Supervisor at Kenworthy’s Chambers
  • Approved Advocacy Trainer at The Inns of Court College of Advocacy
  • Awarded Chartered Manager (CMgr) by the Chartered Management Institute
  • Nominated for The Independent Newspapers ‘Happy List 2021’
  • Nominated for Cranfield University 100 Women to Watch for FTSE list
  • Finalist in the Northwest Inspiring Women Awards 2019
  • Judge at National Paralegal Awards 2019
  • Judge at The Modern Law Awards 2019
  • Judge at the 2017 Northern Power Women Awards
  • Nominated for Chartered Management Institute Companionship 2017
  • Finalist in ‘Outstanding Professional Woman’ in professional services at the 2017 Precious Awards
  • Star Award issued by Lift Effects in 2017
  • Winner of the Rising Star in Law Award from We are the City
  • On the Northern Power List for the 50 Most Powerful Women in the NorthWest of England 2017
  • Finalist in HSBC and Forward Ladies’ ‘Highly Commended Inspiring Leader’ 2016
  • Winner of Diversity Champion Award at the 2015 UK Diversity Legal Awards
  • Rising Star at the 2015 HSBC National Women in Business Award

+ Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Legal Aid Practitioners Group
  • Vice Chair of Association of Women Barristers
  • Founder and CEO of Women in the Law UK
  • Member of Employment Lawyer Association
  • Ilex and Criminal Litigation (in-house)
  • Director Board of Companions at the Chartered Management Institute
  • Board Member at The Advocates Gateway
  • Member of the all-party parliamentary group on work and women at the House of Commons
  • Trustee of The Access to Justice Foundation
  • Ambassador for Women on Boards UK
  • Member of the Professional Speakers Association
  • Speaker and Ambassador at Inspiring the Future
  • Ambassador for The Women of the Year Business Luncheon and Awards
  • Non-Executive Board Member at the Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Non-Executive Director at Arawak Walton Housing Association
  • Independent School Governor at Camberwell Park School
  • Former Council Member for the Medico Legal Society
  • Former Board Trustee of Rethink Mental Illness

+ Publications

Contact Us

To check the availability of Criminal Barrister Sally Penni for your Crime case call our Senior Criminal Clerk Paul Mander on 0161 832 4036, email [email protected], or fill out our contact form.

To learn the availability of Employment Barrister Sally Penni for your Employment Law case call our Employment Clerk Ella Edwards on 0161 832 4036, email [email protected], or fill out our contact form.

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