Sapna Shah

Barrister & Family Law Mediator

Sapna is a barrister with over 25 year’s experience as a courtroom advocate as well as litigator. Having cut her teeth in the world of criminal litigation both defending and prosecuting , conducting jury trials she turned her attention to family law 15 years ago and now focusses on all aspects of relationship breakdown, with a particular specialism in private children law.

Described by her clients as tenacious with an ability to drill down and extract fine and crucial detail, Sapna brings her own usp to her clients as she has authorisation to handle all case work and litigation, so she can take a matter from beginning right through to court, if necessary.

Sapna is driven by her goal to constantly look for innovative ways to advance her clients’ rights and interests, whether that be via an outside the box approach or, by fearlessly advancing her client’s case in court. Passionate about her work, she quickly builds up a solid relationship of trust and confidence with her clients.

She has been described very recently by an opponent as ‘simply brilliant’ in her non-hostile approach to skilfully settling a serious matter without taking it to final hearing and thereby saving both parties thousands in legal fees.

Sapna’s focus is always to start with pragmatism at the forefront. Using her skills learned whilst training as a Mediator, she aims first to resolve matters amicably, though is ready to take the gloves off if that time comes. She is resolution accredited with a specialism in private children law and advocacy applications.

Sapna’s work includes

  • Child Arrangement Orders, including Leave to Remove from the jurisdiction
  • Family Law Act proceedings, Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Financial Remedy Applications

What clients say about Sapna:

  • Sapna is very intelligent and experienced so quickly gets to grips with each situation and is committed to resolving matters professionally and thoroughly in the most cost effective way. Her calm and confident demeanour put me at ease from the start and her unique ability to simplify the complexities and pragmatic solutions in clear language (not legal jargon) left me feeling that I was in control of the process. Highly recommended without reservations

  • Sapna's professional and no sense approach to my case was a breath of fresh air. She applied legal knowledge where required, a sympathetic ear when I needed it and brought me back in line when needed. Her formidable strength combined with humanity had made this hard process much easier and I am so glad I have Sapna fighting on my side

Personal Interests:

Sapna loves all aspects of health and fitness and has recently taken up boxing training.

She is passionate about any/all aspects of trafficking and abuse and is a trustee of Headguard Charity which she has recently helped to set up.

When not working/training, her time is taken up with trying to entertain her 10 year old daughter, an especially challenging task during lockdown