Sarah Ford

Senior Associate

Sarah worked as a Judge’s Associate and for Legal Aid Queensland and the Crime and Corruption Commission, before joining Gilshenan & Luton in 2013.  She represents both private clients and regulatory agencies, in defence and prosecution work.

In the criminal defence arena, Sarah handles a wide variety of matters including:

She also regularly acts for clients facing disciplinary allegations and charges relating to their employment. In that regard, Sarah has extensive experience acting for lawyers, police officers, and medical professionals.

Sarah has had articles published on a variety of topics including coercive hearings and compulsive interviews, and summary complaints and particulars. She has also presented to the legal profession on various topics including the intersection between criminal law and domestic violence.

Sarah is a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Occupational Discipline Law Committee. That committee advises the Society in relation to legislative and policy issues that arise in the discipline law context. Being on this committee places her in good stead to assist clients facing disciplinary proceedings.

Sarah also holds the position of Chair of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc (WLAQ) Criminal Lawyers Sub-Committee, allowing her to pursue her interest in advocating for and supporting female practitioners in the criminal law. As a committee member of the WLAQ, Sarah is able to work closely with other criminal lawyers and the Association, to achieve this.

Recent articles by Sarah

Search warrants to access mobile phone PIN’s and contents

Search warrants, phone PIN codes and legal professional privilege

The District Court of Queensland has delivered a decision in relation to search warrants and a person’s ability to refuse PIN code access to a phone where the phone’s contents include communications between a person and his/her lawyer.
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Mobile phone use while driving – Queensland charges and penalties

Increased penalties for using a mobile phone while driving (Queensland)

As of 1 February 2020, Queensland motorists now face significantly harsher penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving. Those penalties can result in costly fines, double demerit points and in some cases, the loss of your licence.
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How do I commence a private prosecution in Queensland?

Private prosecutions in Queensland

In Queensland, if you are a victim of a criminal offence, you can commence a private prosecution yourself rather than the state prosecuting. Find out how.
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How does criminal sentencing work in Queensland?

How does criminal sentencing work in Queensland?

If facing criminal proceedings, it’s important to be aware of how sentencing may work for your circumstances, if you plead guilty or if you are convicted.
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