Sarah Gaunt is a senior criminal practitioner who has represented both the prosecution and the defence. Grade 4 on the general prosecution list and on both the Rape and Serious and Organised Crime specialist panels. Practice areas include Cybercrime, Fraud, Money Laundering and Serious violent and Sexual offences.
Recent/current cases include successfully prosecuting (as Leading Counsel) a cybercrime multiple fraud/money Laundering trial (Operation Starving NCA West Midlands) (15 defendants) (concluding December 2015), and Fraud/misfeasance in a public office for the Complex Case Unit (London) (2016).
- Serious Crime
- Serious sexual offices
Legal and communications best practices to reduce cyber-crime fallout
Appointments & Memberships
- Serious Organised Crime panel, Grade 4 Prosecutor
- Criminal Bar Association
- Cybercrime Practitioners Association
- Lincoln’s Inn
- Female Fraud Forum
- Midland Forum
- Facilitator in Vulnerable witness training
- Advocacy tutor for Lincoln's Inn
Kolicaj & Others (Operation Jumfru) - 2018 - Sarah Gaunt leading James McLernon
Leading counsel instructed by CPS Organised Crime Division on successful prosecution of an NCA led international money laundering operation where an estimated £8 million had been transferred abroad by a UK based Organised Crime Gang (OCG) of Albanian origin. National and International HP17 8ED evidence was used during the course of the trial alongside a substantial amount of evidence obtained from a variety of other sources. Couriers, often of Romanian origin, were engaged in the conspiracy in order to transfer large quantities of cash through a variety of national airports, on occasions being escorted by the organisers of the conspiracy
SERIOUS VIOLENT OFFENCES
R V ROGERS
Racially aggravated Murder, sole Prosecution counsel in successful prosecution. Issues concerned causation, Diminished Responsibility and Loss of Control raised.
R V GILDER
Attempted Murder, Leading counsel. Case concerned the ex-fenestration of an 18m old disabled child from a second floor window.
R V M, MANSLAUGHTER
Prosecution counsel in a drugs related “one punch” manslaughter.
R V DOBLYS
(Court of Appeal) For Respondent. Successfully defended the imposition of a sentence of 16 + 4 extended years where Complainant was convicted of Manslaughter after “raping her to death”
FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING and INTERNET OFFENCES
R V OGUNDE and others
Leading Prosecution counsel in a 15 defendant Internet based fraud and money laundering offence trial (Operation STARVING) (Serious and Organised Crime)
R V OPENE
Prosecuting counsel in Internet based fraud and money laundering offences (Trial 2 Operation STARVING) (Serious and Organised Crime)
R V BRIGHTMAN, BRIGHTMAN and JENKINS
Prosecution counsel in Internet based “boiler room” fraud. Multiple complainant case involving particularly vulnerable complainants targeted from a “sucker list”.
R v FAULKNER AND FENLON
Prosecution counsel in multiple ATM robbery conspiracy involving multiple defendants and breaches of previously imposed SCPO’s. (Serious and Organised Crime)
R V DOHERTY and others
junior counsel in 13 Defendant National and International car ringing case (Operation Clod).
R V ROBINSON
Prosecution counsel in prosecution of Police Officer convicted of Fraud offences committed whilst on duty.
DRUGS and Money Laundering Offences
R V CURI, CURI and MATAJ
Prosecution counsel in approximately £1 million Class A conspiracy to supply and money laundering offences (Operation Aphis) (Serious and Organised Crime)
R V KWABENA and GAMBRAH
Prosecution counsel in class A and B Drugs Conspiracy, Firearms and Money Laundering case. Heard at the Central Criminal Court where the Prosecution was described by the Judge as being “Immaculately prepared and presented”. (Operation Buncle) (Serious and Organised Crime)
SERIOUS SEXUAL OFFENCES/CHILD EXPLOITATION/INTERNET SEXUAL CRIME
R V FEELEY
Prosecution counsel. Reported decision concerning the amendment of Indictments upon re-trial from the Court of Appeal (s7 and 8 Criminal Appeal Act considered). Trial concerned Multiple Complainant historical child rape offences.  EWCA Crim 720;  2 Cr. App. R 13.
R V C and H
Prosecution counsel in Conspiracy to Rape case where complainant was aged 2 and unable to give evidence of offence. Rape conviction despite the fact the Complainant was unable to give evidence. Both defendants mentally impaired and upon the autistic spectrum. Multiple Intermediaries required.
R V T
Prosecution counsel in successful prosecution where Complainant aged 4-5 and gave sole evidence on both the fact of the offence occurring and the identification of the Defendant.
R V H
Prosecution counsel in successful prosecution where both Defendant and Complainant had severe learning/mental disabilities (at 0.2 and 0.1% population respectively). Case required multiple intermediaries one assisting through an interpreter. Honour Crime.
R V HORNE and BULL JONES
Prosecution counsel in multiple complainant rape/sexual offence trial where defendant randomly attacking women in Milton Keynes in a sustained series of attacks (Serious and Organised Crime).
R V S
Prosecution counsel in Multiple Complainant rape concerning multiple child complainants committed over a significant period of time.
R V D
Prosecution counsel in rape trial where Complainant suffered from severe learning difficulties. Historic allegation concerned teacher at her special school.
R V C
Prosecution Counsel in successful prosecution of child exploitation case where defendant absent. Complainant had learning difficulties.
R V T, R VJ etc.
Prosecution Counsel where Complainant suffering from a diagnosed psychiatric condition (Borderline personality disorder, bi-polar, depression, autistic spectrum)
R V A
Prosecution counsel in case involving deaf Complainant and witnesses. Deaf interpreters required.
R V B
Prosecution counsel in case involving 50,000 indecent images/video’s and other sexual offences.
R V G
Prosecution of historic rape concerning a 42 year delay where Defendant now physically and mentally impaired.
Multiple cases involving either single or multiple Complainants in historical Rape E.g. R V R, R V B, etc.
R V O and S
Prosecution counsel in successful prosecution of violent gang rape of woman at night.
R V BROWN
Defence counsel in acquittal of defendant in child sexual offences.