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Sara is an accountant and partner with Ernst & Young (EY), a practising member of the Academy of Experts and a CEDR accredited mediator. She has been with EY for 30 years, a partner for the past 17 years and senior partner for EY Midlands for seven years until 30 June 2017.
As an expert in forensic services, she specialises in working with clients to develop strategies for dispute management involving negotiated settlements, mediations and arbitration. As the head of EY’s compulsory purchase team, her primary area of specialism is advising on financial and commercial issues in relation to compensation claims arising on extinguishment and/or relocation. In that regard she has acted as an expert witness in claims for compulsory purchase over a period of 20 years and has given evidence in court proceedings including what is now the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), most notably as the accounting expert for the claimant in the Optical Express case. The EY CPO team has grown considerably over the last three years and is now a team of over 10 professionals that are geographically spread across the country, including Scotland. The team has worked on claims in the region of £100,000 to £90m.
Alongside her role at EY, she is the chair of St Basils, a Birmingham based charity that acts to prevent youth homelessness and was the chair of the CBI in the West Midlands until March 2018.