Sarah Prager KC

Call: 1997     |    Silk: 2023

Sarah undertakes high value, complex and sensitive personal injury claims of all kinds, acting both for claimants and for defendants. As well as being lauded by the directories for her courtroom advocacy and legal knowledge, she is well known to leading firms as a skilled negotiator, and is valued by clients for her sensitive handling of difficult cases.

Sarah specialises in travel law claims, including claims under the Package Travel Regulations 2018, the Athens and Montreal Conventions, and at common law; she also has a particular expertise in all aspects of conflict of law and jurisdiction.

Together with other team members Matthew Chapman KC, Jack Harding, Dominique Smith, Thomas Yarrow and Henk Soede, Sarah co-wrote the most recent editions of Saggerson on Travel Law and Litigation. She also contributes to publications produced internationally by the Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, and most recently contributed chapters to its Collective Commentary on the New Package Travel Directive (ESHTE, 2020, chapters on Article 21 and on transposition into UK law) and to its book Tourism Law in Europe (ESHTE, 2021, chapter on tourism law in the UK). She has written the chapter on England and Wales in The Legal Impacts of Covid-19 in the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry (ESTHE, 2021). Sarah also finds the time to update the chapter of the Encyclopaedia of Insurance Law on the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.

Sarah was invited to join the Consultative Group of Experts to the UNWTO Committee for the Development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists; the Code has now been adopted by the UNWTO and is being implemented internationally. In addition, she is an academic collaborator of the UNWTO Observatory for Latin America and the Carribean. She has also been co-opted to the Admiralty Court Users’ Committee as a representative of the personal injury Bar.

Sarah supports her Inn’s efforts to expand membership of the Bar more equitably, and has acted as a judge in the inter-Inns debating competition at both quarter- and semi-final stages. She is taking her interest in supporting students further with involvement in the Young Citizens mock trial scheme and other educational outreach, including marking the Inner Temple Students Association essay competition and qualifying as an advocacy trainer. She is also a qualified exam invigilator.

Sarah undertakes work in all areas of cross border work, encompassing claims involving issues of private international law, package holidays, international carriage, contractual recovery and cross border clinical negligence, and her caseload reflects this breadth of practice.

Notable Travel & Cross Border Claims cases

  • Wuchner v British Airways, unreported, 3rd July 2024

    Interplay between Articles 20 and 21 of the Montreal Convention and the provisions on contributory negligence and limitation of liability.

  • Sherman v Readers Offers Limited [2024] EWHC Civ 412

    Cancellation and/or alteration of itinerary in a package holiday case.

  • Ibrahim v AXA Belgium [2024] EWHC 856 (KB)

    Jurisdiction in a cross border road traffic claim.

  • ST v BAI [2022] EWCA Civ 1037

    The appropriate approach to applications for permission to extend the lifetime of a claim form for service outside the jurisdiction.

  • Stait v Cosmos Insurance [2022] EWCA Civ 1429

    Leading case on jurisdiction and residence in the case of members of the armed forces posted overseas.

  • Klifa v Slater [2022] ILPr 15

    Jurisdiction in a cross border road traffic claim.

  • Chowdhury v PZU [2022] ILPr 8

    Residence and jurisdiction in a cross border road traffic claim.

  • McBee v McBee, settled July 2021

    A high value personal injury claim in which the governing law was unclear and the interplay between English and South Carolinian law and practice was highly complex.

  • Alli-Balogun v On the Beach v MPYTT [2021] 1 WLR 193

    Service out of the jurisdiction in a recovery claim by a tour operator against a bed bank.

  • Mahapatra v TUI [2021] 1 Lloyds Rep 71

    Applicability of the Athens Convention in a disembarkation case.

  • Lackey v Mallorca Mega Resorts, Generali [2020] 1 All ER 558

    Jurisdiction in a cross border consumer claim.

  • Schofield v Gultepe, judgment December 2019

    Liability in a high value cross border maritime claim.

  • Collins v Lawrence [2018] 1 Lloyds Rep 603

    Applicability of the Athens Convention in a disembarkation case.

  • Foran v Secret Surgery Limited [2016] 5 WLUK 92

    Service outside the jurisdiction.

  • Cook v Virgin Media Limited [2016] 1 WLR 1672

    Leading case on forum non conveniens in cases with a Scottish connection.

  • Lougheed v On the Beach [2014] 11 WLUK 780

    Leading case on local standards in package holiday claims.

  • Japp v Virgin Holidays Limited [2014] PIQR RP8

    Local standards in package holiday claims.

  • Harrison v Jagged Globe [2012] 5 WLUK 867

    Leading case on assumption of responsibility for guides in package holiday claims.

  • Michael v Musgrave [2012] 2 Lloyds Rep 37

    Definition of ‘seagoing vessel’ for the purposes of the Athens Convention.

  • Milner v Carnival Plc [2010] 3 All ER 701

    Leading case on quantification of damages in holiday claims.

  • Moore v Hotelplan [2010] 2 WLUK 619

    Liability of a tour operator for excursions.

  • Bonsall v Cattolica Assicurazioni [2010] ILPr 45

    Applicability and entry into force of the Rome II Regulation in a cross border road traffic claim.

Endorsements

“Sarah is outstanding. Very down to earth and personable, so she is very easy to work with. Clients love her sensible and commercial advice.”

Legal 500 2024

“Sarah's knowledge of travel law is outstanding and she is most definitely a leader in her field. She is very pragmatic and personable.”

Chambers & Partners 2024

“Sarah has excellent depth of knowledge. She is very personable with clients.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“She produces excellent written work. She is a superb trial advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“Sarah has an easy open manner in court, showing 100% integrity, which judges love.”

Legal 500 2023

“She’s a very hard worker and a real fighter. She is also extremely good at communicating.”

Chambers & Partners 2022 Band 1

“She has in-depth knowledge of all cross-border and package travel regulation case law.”

Legal 500 2022 Tier 1

“She is incredibly sharp. She cuts through the nonsense, giving solid, erudite advice every time.”

Legal 500 2022 Tier 1

“She has encyclopaedic knowledge of travel litigation with a very strong understanding and grasp of procedure in this highly complex area of law.”

Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2022

“She is very pragmatic and always willing to roll up her sleeves in difficult cases, providing pragmatic advice to her clients.”

Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2022

“A leader in travel litigation with an unparalleled grasp of jurisdictional issues. She is a go-to barrister for cruise-related cases and is really good with clients.”

Chambers & Partners 2022 Band 1

“She is loved by judges and brings a wealth of knowledge of travel law.”

Chambers & Partners 2022 Band 1

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate.

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate.

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