Sarah Cahill

Senior Associate Auckland

Sarah Cahill

Prior to joining Bell Gully in 2022, Sarah has spent a number of years in the London market, advising professionals and their insurers in relation to professional liability claims.

Her experience gives her excellent insight into resolving complex commercial litigation and disputes. Sarah has a particular expertise in relation to claims against solicitors, and has assisted a number of leading international law firms in the resolution of high-value, complex and potentially career-ending allegations.

She holds a BA from Auckland University and an LLM from New York University, where she attended as a Hauser Global Scholar. 

Sarah began her legal career as a clerk to Hon Justice Sir Terence Arnold KNZM KC.

Work highlights

International work highlights

High Court claim for breach of directors’ duties, negligence and dishonest assistance

Acted for solicitor in defence of £35 million claim against former directors and professional advisers arising out of group company arrangements. Dismissed after a five-week trial.

High Court claim for negligent failure to advise

Acted for Mishcon de Reya in relation to a claim for £48 million allegedly lost due to negligent advice in relation to a property development; dismissed following trial.

High Court D&O claim

Achieved early discontinuance in a claim against a director accused of dishonesty.

Alleged breach by weather forecaster

Successfully dissuaded local Council intent on passing on liability following a road traffic accident caused by its failure to grit the road.

Commercial court claim for negligent tax advice dismissed due to failure to mitigate

Acted for Baker & McKenzie in relation to claim involving issues of English, Mexican and German law, together with complex issues of mitigation and causation.

£5 million fraud claim against solicitors

Successfully defended allegations that solicitors deliberately misled bank on client’s behalf.

High court claim stemming from high value residential conveyance

Acted for Bird & Bird in both the High Court and Court of Appeal following collapse of £25 million purchase due to nearby school development.