Sarah Wheadon, Partner

  • 023 8082 0485
  • 07881 343975
  • Team:Health & Safety and Regulatory
  • Office:Southampton

Sarah is a regulatory solicitor and Higher Court Advocate. Sarah advises businesses on compliance with regulations covering areas such as health and safety, data protection, environmental, bribery, food safety and consumer protection. She also advises on contentious competition issues and challenges to procurement processes.

She defends businesses and individuals being investigated for breaches of regulations by enforcement authorities such as the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency and Trading Standards. She represents clients at interviews under caution, in criminal proceedings and at inquests.

Sarah’s practice also includes defending clients charged with motoring offences.

As well as compliance and defence work, Sarah also regularly prosecutes for the RSPCA and is experienced in animal welfare law.

Sarah is a dynamic and resourceful lawyer who cuts through the detail and provides her clients with sensible and effective advice. She has been described by the Chambers & Partners legal directory as being “quick, efficient”, “exceptionally able and dedicated” and “absolutely first class” and has been recognised for her knowledge of health and safety, environmental and animal welfare law.

Sarah is a committee member of Solent Occupational Safety Association and a member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association and UK Environmental Law Association.

Legal 500 (2017) has recognised Sarah as ‘knowledgeable and accessible’ health and safety expert.

Specialist areas:

  • Animal welfare
  • Bribery
  • Consumer protection (Trading Standards)
  • Contentious competition and procurement
  • Criminal investigations
  • Environmental
  • Data Protection
  • Food hygiene and safety
  • Health and safety (including fire safety)
  • Inquests
  • Motoring offences
  • Prosecutions
  • Regulatory risk management and compliance advice
  • Representation at criminal courts

Away from the office...

Sarah is a keen violinist and a member of the City of Southampton Orchestra. She also enjoys gardening.