Solicitor Sarah on the rise after ‘exceptional’ work

Sarah Acres who is now a solicitor-advocate with Higher Rights of Audience in the Criminal Courts.
Sarah Acres who is now a solicitor-advocate with Higher Rights of Audience in the Criminal Courts.

A former Spalding High School student can now work in the country’s highest courts after taking a huge step up the legal ladder.

Sarah Acres has gained the status of solicitor-advocate after successfully studying for the Higher Rates of Audience in the Criminal Courts qualification.

The mother-of-three, based at Hegarty Solicitors in Peterborough and Stamford, can now represent her clients in Crown Courts and take cases on appeal.

Sarah said: “I am delighted to have achieved this qualification and I look forward to working alongside the able barristers presently instructed by Hegarty’s to provide continuity of representation for my clients after their cases leave the magistrates’ court.”

After leaving Spalding High School, Sarah studied law at the University of Leicester and the College of Law, Chester, qualifying as a solicitor in 1997.

Since then, Sarah has gained experience in defending clients charged with offences ranging from road traffic violations to murder.

Matthew Sidebottom, head of Hegarty’s criminal department, said: “This is a real feather in the cap for Sarah and is thoroughly deserved recognition for an exceptionally dedicated solicitor.”