Sara is a self employed barrister focusing on employment and commercial/civil law work. Her main passion is employment law and particularly discrimination law cases brought under the Equality Act, a great Labour achievement. She was appointed to the approved panel of barristers for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights in March 2015. Appearing in employment tribunals has strengthened her view of the importance of secure work not only to provide a steady income but also giving us a sense of self-worth.
She is a critic of the Tory led government’s employment law reforms which seek to erode the hard fought for rights secured by Labour. She opposes any threat to reduce the national minimum wage or charge people for bringing employment claims. Sara has consistently opposed the Tories’ plans to reduce access to justice.
Sara believes strongly in the power of education and the importance of aspiration for all. She is a school governor at a primary school in the London Borough of Camden (where the governing body has recently been graded as outstanding by OFSTED) and has provided workshops on public speaking for the excellent charity IntoUniversity (http://intouniversity.org/) which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration.
Sara is on the executive of the Fabian Society and last year was Chair of the Young Fabians (www.youngfabians.org.uk). Under her leadership they focused on the theme of intergenerational justice, the poor deal for the under 30s who face stagnant growth, lack of affordable housing and record levels of unemployment. In her view these problems must be urgently tackled with well thought out policies and targeted investment if a crisis is to be averted. The Tory-led government has failed to provide either.
Focusing on the Economy
The global economic crisis highlighted the dangers of unfettered markets. Sara believes that government should play a proactive role in rebalancing the economy and creating a fertile environment for new businesses. Regional investment is essential to ensure the development of companies and industry across the UK. This includes spending on the infrastructure that these businesses need to grow as well as improving access to credit to enable industry to develop. She believes that without economic growth people will continue to be afflicted by stagnant wages and rising living costs.
Sara is a member of Unite and believes trade unions have an important role to play in ensuring businesses work in partnership with their workers.
She is also a member of the Co-operative Party and is keen to explore how co-operative solutions can be used to help people in this time of squeezed living standards.