Sarah Vaughan Jones KC

Call 1983 | Silk 2008

"A cut above the rest"

Legal 500 2024


Sarah acts for both claimants and defendants in clinical negligence claims against hospital trusts and health authorities, GPs and private providers, as well as members of the ancillary professions such as out-of-hours providers and physiotherapists. She is regularly instructed on behalf of the NHSLA. In Silk, her practice has focussed on claims arising out of obstetric and neonatal mismanagement, claims for wrongful birth, spinal surgery, brain surgery, delayed diagnosis of infection (meningitis, vasculitis etc) and management of suicidal patients.

Notable Clinical Negligence cases

X v an NHS Trust [2016]

Representing defendant in defending claim for alleged negligence in conduct of spinal operation.

A v University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 366 (QB)

Assessment of damages in claim for cerebral palsy sustained at birth.

S v an NHS Trust [2015]

Defending claim for alleged delay in delivery of second twin.

P v an NHS Trust [2015]

Claim for damages for tetraplegia due to spinal cord ischaemia. Represented the defendant which admitted misinterpretation of MRI scans but disputed causation, alleging claimant’s paralysis would have been inevitable, even with earlier diagnosis of spinal cord ischaemia. Complex medical issues. Claimant discontinued shortly before trial.

Z v an NHS Trust

Defending claim for alleged failure by doctor in Emergency Department to admit patient with chronic condition because of intercurrent illness.

Sarah has long experience of conducting personal injury claims and is mainly instructed in claims involving complex medical issues such as potential third party claims against medical providers or complex issues of medical causation.

Examples include whether death following bariatric surgery could be attributed to an earlier fall on a defective pavement; claim arising out of carbon monoxide poisoning by a defective gas fire; and claim for brain damage by infant following premature delivery after mother fell on defective pavement.

Sarah has significant experience of settling counter-schedules and conducting settlement meetings in maximum severity claims.

Privacy Policy

Sarah Vaughan Jones KC Privacy Policy

My contact details:

ICO Reg No: Z5045083
Address: 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY
Phone: +44 (0)20 7822 1200

The type of personal information I collect

To enable me to provide you with legal advice and representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations and mediations, I currently collect and process the following personal information:

Personal identifiers, contacts and characteristics (for example, name, date of birth and contact details), bank and financial details, your background and circumstance and education.

Other personal data relevant to, or included in instructions to provide legal services, including data specific to the instructions in question and data included in documents provided to me as part of instructions or otherwise.

Such information may include personal information relating to family members, associates, agents, employees, shareholders or beneficial owners. By providing such personal information to me, you automatically confirm that you are authorised to do so. It is not reasonably practicable for me to provide the information set out in this Privacy Notice to those individuals. Accordingly, where appropriate, you are responsible for providing this information to any such individuals.

Where necessary, I may also need to process Special Category data about you including

  • racial or ethnic origin;
  • personal data revealing political opinions;
  • personal data revealing religious or philosophical beliefs;
  • personal data revealing trade union membership;
  • genetic data;
  • biometric data (where used for identification purposes);
  • data concerning health;
  • data concerning a person’s sex life; and
  • data concerning a person’s sexual orientation.

How I get the personal information and why I have it

Most of the personal information that I process is provided to me directly by you or via the professional you have instructed such as a solicitor or consultant or other professional adviser who instructs me on your behalf to provide legal services.

I use the information that you have given me in order to

  • provide legal services to you, my client, including the provision of legal advice and
  • representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations, and mediations
  • keep accounting records and carry out office administration
  • take or defend legal or regulatory proceedings or to exercise a lien
  • respond to potential complaints or make complaints
  • check for potential conflicts of interest in relation to future potential cases
  • promote and market my services
  • carry out anti-money laundering and terrorist financing checks
  • train other barristers and pupils, and when providing work-shadowing opportunities
  • publish legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals as required or permitted by law.

I may share this information with

  • other professional advisers such as other legal professionals and consultant experts and other witnesses
  • courts and tribunals
  • the staff in my Chambers
  • prosecution authorities
  • pupils and mini pupils
  • lay clients
  • family and associates of the person whose personal information I am processing
  • in the event of complaints, the Head of Chambers, other individuals nominated by Chambers who deal with complaints, the Bar Standards Board, and the Legal Ombudsman
  • other regulatory authorities
  • current, past or prospective employers
  • education and examining bodies
  • business associates, professional advisers and trade bodies, e.g. the Bar Council
  • professional indemnity insurers or brokers
  • the general public in relation to the publication of legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals
  • If you have engaged other professional advisers to instruct me on your behalf on the matters on which I am providing legal services to you, I shall assume that I may disclose your personal information to them unless you tell me otherwise.
  • I may be required to provide your information to regulators, such as the Bar Standards Board, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Information Commissioner’s Office. In the case of the Information Commissioner’s Office, there is a risk that your information may lawfully be disclosed by them for the purpose of any other civil or criminal proceedings, without my consent or yours, which includes privileged information.
  • I may also be required to disclose your information to the police or intelligence services, where, acting in good faith, I consider it required and permitted by law.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the lawful basis I rely on for processing this information is

  • The processing is necessary for a contract I have with you, or because you have asked me to take specific steps before entering into a contract.
  • You are able to remove your consent at any time. You can do this by contacting me.
  • It may be necessary for me to share your personal data to comply with legal obligations to, for example, HMRC.

How I store your personal information

Your information is securely stored in Chambers or at my home. I use reasonable technical and organisational security measures such as password protection and encryption of computer generated data and keeping paper data secure to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost or destroyed, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way.

In this connection, Chambers, as data processor, acting on my behalf, will only process your personal data on my instructions and is subject to a duty of confidentiality.

The data will be held in line with any regulatory obligations and generally be kept for 6 years but may be 12 years, or longer where, for example, the case includes information relating to a minor, from the date of completion of instructions. At this point any further retention will be reviewed and the data will be marked for deletion or marked for retention for a further period.

All data will be securely deleted or securely shredded after this time without reference to you. I will store some of your information which I need to carry out conflict checks for the rest of my career. However, this is likely to be limited only to your name and contact details and the name of the case. It will not include any information that is “sensitive information” for GDPR purposes.

Your data protection rights

Under data protection law, you have rights including:

  • Your right of access – You have the right to ask me for copies of your personal information.
  • Your right to rectification – You have the right to ask me to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask me to complete information you think is incomplete.
  • Your right to erasure – You have the right to ask me to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to restriction of processing – You have the right to ask me to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to object to processing – You have the the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to data portability – You have the right to ask that I transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.
  • You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, I have one month to respond to you. Please contact me at 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY or if you wish to make a request.

Transfer of your information outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

This privacy notice is of general application and as such it is not possible to state whether it will be necessary to transfer your information out of the EEA. If I do transfer your personal data I will use safeguards to ensure the data is fully protected as required by the UK Data Protection Regulations.

Changes to my Privacy Policy

From time to time, I may need to make chances to my privacy policy. If so, the changes will appear on my entry on the 2TG website.


As above, I may share your personal data with Chambers who may in turn use that data to notify you by email, or post about an invitation to seminars and similar events. You may opt out of receiving any such marketing communications at any time by using the “unsubscribe” link in any emails. In relation to how Chambers uses such data, please see Chambers’ privacy policy. Other than sharing personal data with Chambers as described above, I will not share your information with any other third party for marketing purposes.

How to complain

If you have any concerns about my use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to me or to my Senior Clerk, Lee Tyler at 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY or You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113
ICO website:

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"Meticulous and very experienced"

Chambers UK 2024

"Technically gifted, thorough and an outstanding advocate."

Chambers UK 2023

"Sarah is superb at matters of utmost severity."

Chambers UK 2023

"Her attention to detail and strategic thinking are second to none."

Chambers UK 2023

"She is superb - spectacular on her feet and incredibly detailed and thorough."

Chambers UK 2022

"Sarah is in a league of her own. She excels at cutting through complex medical issues concerning liability, and is equally brilliant at quantum issues."

Legal 500 2022

"Her attention to detail is phenomenal and in a medical context her knowledge is incredible."

Chambers UK 2022

"She is a master of her art."

Chambers UK 2022

  • Queen’s Counsel (2008)
  • Recorder (Western Circuit)

  • Shortlisted for ‘Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year’, Chambers Bar Awards 2021

  • MA (Law), Trinity Hall, Cambridge University

  • PIBA
  • PNBA

“Always a high performer, you could not be in better hands than with Sarah. She cuts through the issues, challenges those present and, as a result, yields the best results for her client.” “She is one of the brightest silks in this area of work and has an extremely keen eye on the detail.” “Sarah’s really meticulous and very experienced and provides a sense of reassurance.”
Chambers UK 2024

“Exceptional abilities – a cut above the rest.”
Legal 500 2024

“Sarah is superb at matters of utmost severity.” “Her attention to detail and strategic thinking are second to none.” “She is technically gifted, thorough and an outstanding advocate.”
Chambers UK 2023

“Her attention to detail is phenomenal and in a medical context her knowledge is incredible.” “She is superb – spectacular on her feet and incredibly detailed and thorough.” “Excels at cutting through complex medical issues concerning liability and equally brilliant at quantum. She is a master of her art.”
Chambers UK 2022

“Sarah is in a league of her own. She excels at cutting through complex medical issues concerning liability, and is equally brilliant at quantum issues.”
Legal 500 2022

“A highly skilled advocate with incredible knowledge and attention to detail. She offers very sound advice.” “She’s extremely experienced, calm and always well prepared.”
Chambers UK 2021

“The best of the best – razor sharp and can get to the nub of a case very quickly”
Legal 500 2021

“Sarah is very experienced and really understands her clients. She is also superb on quantum matters.” “She is incredibly thorough, incisive, balanced and pragmatic.”
Chambers UK 2020

“A very safe pair of hands and a costs specialist.”
Legal 500 2020

“She is incredibly thorough and has a full mastery of the detail. She is clearly held in the highest respect by her opponents. A pleasure to deal with.” “The queen of quantum.”
Chambers UK 2019

“Outstanding. The best of the best. Her grasp of the law is incredible and she is fearless in court.” “Meticulous, thorough and very good with witnesses.”
Chambers UK 2018

“She’s very bright, incredibly thorough and good company.”
“She’s got a really good manner with clients and witnesses, and does an incredibly thorough job.”

Chambers UK 2017

“A heavyweight silk”
Legal 500 2017

“She never fails to impress in terms of her medical knowledge and her thorough approach”, “provides gold standard service”, “totally dependable and her incisive analysis, grasp of detail, negotiating capability and unsurpassed advocacy skills remain as formidable as ever”, “there is no one better on quantum.”
Chambers UK 2016

“The best silk for defendant clinical negligence.”
Legal 500 2016

“She’s got an incredible eye for detail”, “prepares the most amazing counter-schedules”, “she is extremely impressive.”
Chambers UK 2015

“She is totally dependable and her unsurpassed advocacy remains as formidable as ever.”
Legal 500 2015

“Has it all in her head and is able to explain and pull out every one of those figures as and when she needs them.”
Chambers UK 2014

“Calm and cool” and combines “an intellectual approach with a robustness in negotiation.” She handles numerous cerebral palsy cases and disputes relating to birth defects and injuries.
Chambers UK 2013

Sarah Vaughan Jones KC is an “asset to any team”. She “quickly identifies the key issues and gets to the point quickly”, has “excellent judgment” and, on top of that, she is “terrifyingly bright.” “A wonderful mine of information.” An authority on criminal and civil cases centring on claims of medical negligence, she is a seasoned veteran of GMC and GDC hearings.
Chambers UK 2012

Sarah Vaughan Jones KC is known as a hard-working, clear and sharp practitioner who is “especially good on the medical side.” The market was warm in its praise for her. Clients appreciate her approach to cases and her “very clear, very sharp advocacy.”
Chambers UK 2011

Sarah Vaughan Jones KC enjoys a strong reputation amongst instructing solicitors, one of whom commented that “a first-class job is guaranteed when you instruct her.” She has “an excellent grasp of medicine” and “is a fearsome negotiator at round-table meetings, thanks to her robust and straightforward approach.”
Chambers UK 2010

Sarah Vaughan Jones KC is a “thorough hard worker and a pleasure to instruct.” “Impressive in getting to grips with medical issues” she is especially known for her successes with the private healthcare sector in cardio and hospital acquired infections cases. Sarah’s “ability to master a vast amount of technical detail and give advice that is practical and constructive” is much appreciated. Clients agree that “if you’ve got a complicated case, there are few barristers you could feel more comfortable with.”
Chambers UK 2009

“An adept operator whose reputation has been sealed as a result of her skilful handling of some of the most difficult clinical negligence cases around.”
Chambers UK 2008

The “fantastic” Sarah Vaughan Jones is “a standout” on clinical negligence matters. “Enormously quick” and “terrifyingly bright” she “deals with matters in an expeditious fashion.” Solicitors drew attention to her “terrific” conference skills.
Chambers UK 2007

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