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Practice Manager
Maria Rushworth
Arlington House
Bloom Street
M3 6AJ

Sara Haque


Top Ranked in Legal 500 2020:
Sara Haque is recommended in the Legal 500 for her Criminal practice, ‘A hard worker who cares about her clients'.

With over 18 years' of Criminal Advocacy experience, Sara is well known in the Crown Courts on the Northern Circuit. She has successfully built a heavyweight criminal practice and has a high success rate in defending cases of the utmost seriousness. She has extensive and broad experience in both the Crown Courts and the Court of Appeal, defending in cases involving a wide-range of offending; including drugs matters, historical sexual offences, and serious violent crimes.

She believes thorough preparation, persuasive argument and simple hard work are the keys to her success. Her down to earth, approachable manner engages clients quickly; establishing an easy rapport. In Court, this transfers to an ability to convey her well-prepared arguments with flair and in a jury-friendly manner.

Her work with vulnerable Defendants is a particular strength. Sara has considerable experience in representing Defendants with mental disorders and conditions such as Autism, and also those who have suffered brain injuries. She has a thorough understanding of Fitness to Plead issues, has conducted Finding of Fact hearings and worked with Intermediaries. She is well-versed in the Advocates' Toolkit and has significant experience in cross-examining very young witnesses. She performs to the highest standards; protecting her clients' interests with vigour and meticulously prepared argument.

Sara has significant experience in Appellant Court work, both advising and advocacy, seeking leave to appeal both Sentences and Convictions. For example, in a notable success, she successfully overturned the conviction of a young man suffering from Autistic Spectrum Disorder (formerly known as Aspergers) convicted in the Crown Court of a sexual offence involving a 3 year old Complainant . (R V Stewart (2015) - Appeal v Conviction in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) Case Analysis)

Sara has also been appointed to the Specialist Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel of Crown Advocates and is a Category 4 Prosecutor.


Reported Cases

  • R v Gray (2016) : Defended former dental nurse receiving suspended sentence for series of robberies for pain killers. Press coverage
  • R v Anderson (2016) Outraging public decency by behaving in an indecent manner Press Coverage
  • R V Stewart (2015) - Appeal v Conviction in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) Case Analysis
  • R v Kennedy & Ors (2015) - Conspiracy to Supply Drugs; Family business; Large Scale operation
  • R v S (2015) - Sexual Activity with a child; Vulnerable Defendant with Autism; Intermediary required for both Defendant and Crown witness
  • R v Barnard (2015) - Historic Sexual Abuse; Multiple Complainants; Multiple Rapes; self-confessed "White witch"
  • R v H (2015) - Child Abduction; Removal from Jurisdiction; Vulnerable Defendant with Bipolar Disorder
  • R v C (2014) - Buggery; Historic Allegations; Brain-injured Defendant; Fitness to Plead
  • R v O'Neill (2014) - Historic Sexual Abuse; Multiple Complainants
  • R v Martin (2014) - Possession with Intent to Supply; Conspiracy to Steal; Cannabis factory worth in excess of £500,000
  • R v I (2013) - Attempt Rape; Robbery; Joint Enterprise; Vulnerable Defendant; Galbraith Submission
  • R v Jackson (2012) - Pervert the Course of Justice; False Alibi in Murder case
  • R v Brockbank (2007) & (2010) - Section 18 Assaults; False Imprisonment; Robbery; Unfit to Plead; Section 41 Restriction; Hospital Order; Retried when deemed Fit by order of Secretary of State
  • R v CH (2009) - Incest; Arson; Child Defendant; Mental Health Issues
  • R v S (2006) - Violent Disorder; Police suppression of Evidence/Contamination; Abuse of Process

As Led Junior Counsel

  • R v Crago (2005) - Historic Sexual Abuse; Multiple Rapes; Multiple Complainants
  • R v M (2007) - Violent Disorder; Section 18 Assault; Conspiracy to commit violence; large scale disorder in Leeds involving multiple stabbings



CPS Advocates Panel - Specialist Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel (Category 4)