Sahara Fergus-Simms

year of call :

2015

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A meticulous advocate with an eye for detail, who is experienced in representing vulnerable clients and those with complex needs across a range of practice areas.

Sahara acts as junior defence counsel accepting instructions on a publicly funded or private basis. She covers a range of criminal defence work encompassing: drug offences, organised crime, violent offences and financial crime.

Sahara has significant experience assisting vulnerable individuals. Prior to joining Chambers, Sahara facilitated police station interviews with vulnerable adults and young people in her capacity as an Appropriate Adult for Southwark Social Services. She also delivered training on behalf of the Borough to other Appropriate Adults on the topic of police bail and after qualifying as a restorative justice conference facilitator with the Restorative Justice Council, sat on the Youth Referral Order Panel. Sahara has also volunteered as a case worker for Bail for Immigration Detainees in Oxford and worked as a criminal defence paralegal where she prepared cases for a range of  offences  including firearms, blackmail and kidnapping.

Harmsworth Scholarship - Middle Temple

4 x 4 Advocacy Scholarship - BPP Holborn

Winner of the Street Legal Criminal Law Essay Competition for “Will enforcement of the new Bribery Act be against British corporate interests abroad?” (2010)