Sarah Cahill

Senior Associate Auckland

Sarah Cahill

Prior to joining Bell Gully in 2022, Sarah 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 in defence of a £35m claim against former directors and professional advisers arising out of group company arrangements and involving allegations of fraud. Dismissed after a five-week trial.

High Court claim for negligent failure to advise
Successfully defended a claim for £48m allegedly lost due to negligent advice in relation to a property development.

High Court D&O claim
Achieved early discontinuance in a claim against a director accused of dishonesty.

Alleged breach by weather forecaster
Successfully dissuaded a local Council intent on passing on liability to a weather forecaster following a road traffic accident.

Commercial court claim for negligent tax advice dismissed due to failure to mitigate
Acted for a large international law firm in relation to a professional negligence claim involving issues of foreign law, together with complex issues of mitigation and causation.

£5 million fraud claim against solicitors
Successfully defended allegations that solicitors deliberately misled a bank on their client’s behalf.

High court claim stemming from high value residential conveyance
Acted for a large international law firm accused of professional negligence following collapse of a £25m property purchase.