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Sarah Batley is a commercial litigator with experience in complex cross-border litigation.

Sarah focuses on contract, tort, and breach of duty claims. She has been closely following ESG (environmental, social, and governance) developments in the United Kingdom and regularly advises clients on ESG and climate change litigation risk.

Sarah's recent experience includes advising: Bombardier Aerospace in multijurisdictional disputes arising out of the sale and purchase of aircraft; a world leading payment processing company on claims for breach of warranty and indemnity; a special situations investment management group on claims for breach of contract and conspiracy; a high net worth individual on the successful resolution of a dispute relating to an alleged joint venture for a development project; and a multinational corporation on complex worldwide enforcement issues. Sarah also advises on product liability and related issues.

In addition, Sarah has experience in multijurisdictional asset recovery actions, including advising: Langbar International Limited (the AIM-listed company wrongly believed to have assets in excess of $600m) on recovery proceedings arising out of the fraud perpetrated on it; a formerly AIM-listed property investment fund on claims against its former directors, investment manager, and investment advisor; a leading Middle Eastern bank on a global asset recovery strategy following the default by a prominent energy conglomerate on its credit line agreements; liquidators of a Cayman investment fund on complex multiparty proceedings arising from the breakdown of the relationship between the fund's promoters; and a consortium of investors in a £320 million tax-driven collective investment scheme in relation to prospective civil claims in the context of an ongoing criminal tax investigation.


  • Liquidators of Cayman Islands fund secure $22.5 million of assetsJones Day is advising the liquidators of Hadar Fund Ltd. in proceedings initiated following the discovery that substantial payments were made for the benefit of two of the beneficial owners of its investment manager in connection with one of the investments made by the Fund.
  • Diamond broker resists claim for share of commissionJones Day advised the world's largest diamond broker in its successful resolution of a claim by a fellow broker for commission said to be owed in respect of clients who defected from one broker to the other.
  • High net worth individual successfully resolves dispute over alleged £30 million joint ventureJones Day acted for a high net worth individual in the successful resolution of a claim in excess of £30 million said to be owed under an alleged oral joint venture agreement arising out of the refurbishment of a super-prime central London property.
  • Leading IT managed services provider successfully resolves joint venture disputeJones Day advised a leading UK managed IT services provider in its successful resolution of an unfair prejudice and employment dispute arising out of a joint venture for the provision of managed services.
  • Bombardier Aerospace defeats customer's attempt to reject aircraft and claim return of approx US$30 million purchase priceJones Day represented Bombardier Aerospace in its defense to Air Transworld's claim that the customized Challenger 605 aircraft manufactured and sold by Bombardier was not fit for purpose, of satisfactory quality or in correspondence with description, and defeated Air Transworld's attempt to reject the aircraft and claim the return of the purchase price paid (approx. US$30 million).
  • High net worth individuals win professional negligence claim against former solicitorsJones Day successfully advised two high net worth individuals on their claim for professional negligence against their former solicitors.
  • Bombardier Aerospace wins in Court of AppealJones Day successfully represented Bombardier Aerospace in the Court of Appeal against the claim brought by Gesner Investments Limited that it had validly terminated its aircraft purchase agreement and was therefore entitled to an amount in excess of US$8.5 million.
  • Consortium of 700 investors seeks advice in £320 million tax-driven collective investment schemeJones Day is advising investors in a tax-driven scheme to invest in carbon emission trading and research and development.
  • Langbar wins action for damages against former chief executive involving fraudulent misrepresentationJones Day successfully represented Langbar International Limited ("Langbar") in its action for damages in excess of €12m ($15.4 million) against its former chief executive, Mariusz Rybak, following the discovery that Mr. Rybak had fraudulently misrepresented the value of his Monaco apartment during the settlement of the original fraud proceedings commenced against him by Langbar in 2006.
  • Sibir Energy pursues action relating to the alleged misappropriation of over $400 millionJones Day has been acting for the energy company, Sibir Energy Plc, in relation to the high profile misappropriation of sums exceeding US$400 million by former directors and shareholders.
  • Brittle Bone Society's hotel conference dispute is satisfactorily negotiatedSarah Batley, an associate in the Trial Practice group, and Julia Carson, in the New Lawyers Group of Jones Day London, advised the Brittle Bone Society, a charity which supports people with osteogenesis imperfecta in a dispute with a hotel where it had held a conference.