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Sarah Chilton is a Partner specialising in partnership and employment law. She is dual qualified to practice in England & Wales and Scotland and has represented clients in both the English and Scottish Courts.

Sarah has an excellent reputation for providing pragmatic legal advice to employers and senior executives on a wide range of issues including: post termination restrictions, protection of confidential information, remuneration structures and issues arising in relation to deferred remuneration and incentive plans, business reorganisation and redundancy, conduct and performance issues, whistleblowing and discrimination.  Sarah is often instructed in relation to confidential and sensitive matters including in relation to the exit of senior executives and partners for both employer and the senior individual.  Where litigation is necessary she is experienced at representing clients in the Employment Tribunal and High Court (and equivalent Scottish Courts) and has conducted her own advocacy.

Sarah also advises partners, partnerships, LLP members and LLPs on a wide range of issues including termination provisions and senior partner exits, discrimination, whistleblowing, remuneration, breach of duties, expulsion, restrictive covenants, cross-border partnership disputes and dissolution of partnerships.

Sarah has a particular interest in advising clients in the legal and financial services sectors and advises fund managers, partners and firms on issues arising when someone joins or leaves a fund or financial institution, remuneration structures (including incentive arrangements and carried interest and good leaver/bad leaver provisions), and post termination restrictions.  Sarah regularly advises on cross-border issues involving multiple jurisdictions including the US, Russia, the Middle East and Europe and the Scottish law implications relating to funds using Scottish partnerships structures.


commercial nous and great client-handling skills

Legal 500 2016

Sarah Chilton is named for her work in partnership law.  Legal 500 describes Sarah as having “commercial nous and great client-handling skills”


SuperLawyers identified Sarah as a “rising star” in 2014 and 2015.

  • Member of the Management Committee of the Scottish Discrimination Law Association
  • Treasurer of the Society of Scottish Lawyers in London
  • Member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Law Society of Scotland
  • Notary Public (Scotland)
  • Member of Employment Law Group Scotland

Sarah has extensive experience in advising on English and Scottish partnership and employment law issues over her career which span a whole range of issues including, defending High Court partnership disolution proceedings; handling whistleblowing disputes and related settlements; advising on partner restrictive covenants and related exit terms; defending employers in high-value discrimination litigation; and advising exiting fund managers on carried interest entitlements and restrictive covenant issues.