Sarah Nolan

Partner in Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation
and Insolvency & Corporate Recovery

+44 (0)845 257 9449

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Sarah has worked in private practice since 2003 and qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2008. Prior to moving to Excello Law, Sarah was Director and Head of Commercial at the Jackson Lees Group.

Sarah specialises in insolvency, commercial litigation and dispute resolution matters. She acts for both individuals and corporate clients across a variety of sectors and has over 16 years litigation experience ranging from County Court matters through to Court of Appeal.

Sarah’s expertise lies in contentious insolvency matters both corporate and personal, complex contractual disputes, largescale litigation involving multiple parties (including group litigation), director disqualification proceedings and applications for injunctive relief.

Sarah is listed in the Legal 500 2023 directory, along with colleague Dominic McGinn, for her commercial litigation expertise with comments including:

‘I can recommend Sarah Nolan as exceptional. Sarah is the perfect mix of personable, legally astute, and carries significant practical experience. Her clients listen to her, and her advice is given with authority and empathy. She stands out above others by how practical and strategic her early advice often is.’

‘I have worked with Sarah Nolan for many years and it has been an absolute privilege. Sarah is a true professional, but above all she is trustworthy, hard working, warm and friendly and I know our clients are in excellent hands with her.’

‘A real can-do attitude and personal approach from the people who work within the company. There seems to be an emotional buy-in from all involved at Excello Law. At a stressful time during litigation they have been very understanding.’

Sarah's Experience

Sarah has recently represented:

  • Trustee in bankruptcy in Court of Appeal case Yang v Official Receiver and others [2017] EWCA Civ 1465, [2017] All ER (D) 65 (Oct) in which it was held that the subsequent setting aside of council tax liability orders was not a ground for the annulment of a bankruptcy order made in respect of the Appellant
  • Four respondents in £2 million claim brought by liquidator alleging misfeasance, breach of fiduciary duty, preference and transaction at undervalue
  • Director in director disqualification proceedings brought on grounds that he acted as a director whilst bankrupt and traded to the detriment of HMRC
  • Directors seeking permission to act as directors of company using a prohibited name
  • Trustee in bankruptcy in possession and sale of property proceedings
  • Wife in the assertion of a beneficial interest in property in the bankruptcy of her husband
  • Liquidator in assessment of alleged exaggerated claims made by creditor in a liquidation
  • Company in successfully having winding-up petition dismissed
  • Petitioning creditor in the presentation of a winding-up petition
  • Four defendants in springboard injunction application and substantive proceedings for breach of confidentiality and breach of contract
  • 20 of the bereaved families in the Hillsborough Disaster Inquests, achieving a verdict of unlawful killing. Sarah was a senior lawyer and team leader within a team of around 30 lawyers. She held this role for a 3-year period
  • Multiple claimants in the Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation.


Out of work, Sarah loves to travel and spend time with her husband, family and friends.


Sarah has many years’ experience in the legal profession and is well able to manage a demanding workload. She is very thorough in her work and committed to her clients’ interests. She has an easygoing manner that belies the hard work she puts in.


Sarah not only provided the most professional service, but turned the whole process from an unpleasant experience into a proactive and positive process due to her expert advice. I have no hesitation in recommending Sarah to anybody who requires sound legal advice and action.


Sarah provided an expert, friendly and professional service. She required minimal involvement from the client, while ensuring the best outcome. Highly recommended.


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