Sarah Stephens Legal Director

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2006 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Areas of expertise:

Sarah Stephens

Sarah Stephens helps clients to achieve their commercial goals. She works closely with clients to understand their needs and motivations in order to deliver what is required.

It is her proactive approach to deals and commercial decision-making that is appreciated by her clients. Sarah prides herself on her ability to establish good working relationships with clients and their other advisers, a key skill when working towards the same objective.

Sarah is focused in her work and, by maintaining good communication with her clients, instils trust and confidence in them. In the fast-paced property world, Sarah's pragmatic approach to the law ensures that clients receive clear and concise advice in order to meet the deadlines set.

"I have always been someone that likes a challenge and I embrace new experiences. As a people person, I really enjoy getting to know my clients and understanding their businesses.

"I am an organiser by nature, so like to get things done and to be on top of matters. I'm not afraid to make decisions and give straightforward advice to clients, rather than a long list of options."


"The highlight of my job is completing a deal and knowing that I have been a part of it. I get a real sense of satisfaction when I walk past a development that I helped to get started or see a tenant opening a store for which I negotiated the lease. This is the aspect of property law that I enjoy the most - a successful end result.
"To get that end result, I always aim to make the due diligence and reporting as pain-free as possible, only highlighting what is really important to the individual client. Managing a transaction smoothly through to its conclusion and assisting a client to achieve their commercial objectives is something that I take pride in."


Listed investment and development companies, institutional property funds, large landlords and retail tenants, local authorities. 


  • Dealing with the £109m sale of five of the Centro buildings in Camden, London;
  • Leading the acquisition of a 10 property portfolio (with circa 150 tenants) for a property fund client;
  • Dealing with the £23m sale of an office building in Manchester on behalf of an investment fund;
  • Acting on the refinancing of a 21 property portfolio for a real estate investment trust;
  • Advising on the conditional purchase of a retail site for future redevelopment;
  • Acting on behalf of a well-known sandwich chain in relation to their acquisition of a number of new stores in London, including Westfield Stratford City and Waterloo station;
  • Negotiating agreements for lease and leases on behalf of a major sports retailer for a number of new stores in central London and across the UK in both high street and shopping centre locations.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Career
      July 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), director
  • 2016

    • Career
      July 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, principal associate
    • Career
      February 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, senior associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, senior associate
  • 2013

    • Career
      Metropolitan Police
  • 2011

    • Career
  • 2007

    • Career
  • 2006

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2004

    • Career
      Hart Brown
  • 2003

    • Career
  • 1999

    • Education
      Kingston University, LLB Law