Sarah Balfour



I am an Associate in the Birmingham Family team and provide practical, specialist advice on all issues arising out of divorce or separation.

I regularly act for professionals and members of the business community in relation to complex financial matters and those relating to children.

I also advise on and prepare pre-marital agreements.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I wanted to work in an area that was both technically demanding, but that also had heart.  I though Family Law would tick all the boxes, and I was right!

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Working with clients during what is often the most difficult time of their lives, but helping them embark on the beginning of the rest of their lives.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

The people I work with - not only is their technical ability and dedication inspiring and motivational, but we work as a close knit and supportive team.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

Away from the office I enjoy eating out and socialising with friends.

I am a keen reader and a particular fan of the work of Margaret Atwood.

As a member of the National Trust I love to visit their parks and properties whenever I get the chance.

I have recently taken up swimming in an attempt to improve my fitness levels and it is fast growing on me!


"She is formidably hard-working, technically very strong and has bags of energy."- Chambers & Partners 2017

She impresses interviewees with her “masterful command of the detail of the cases and delightful manner with clients.” - Chambers & Partners 2016

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 16/04/2015
    Pensions Anxiety For Retirees Following Divorce

    As the number of over 55s divorcing increases, the treatment of pensions in a divorce is an increasingly important matter. “For those who have planned and provided for their retirement, the prospect of losing pension can cause a great deal of anxiety, but with careful advice, understanding and mediation it is often possible to find a favourable solution for both parties. “The sharing of pensions can be a complex issue during a divorce, which makes it absolutely crucial to take appropriate legal action and take every possible step to ensure a favourable solution is found and both parties can move on with their lives without fear for their financial future.

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  • 09/07/2014
    Family Lawyers See Pre-Nup Instructions Rise

    There was previously some uncertainty around pre-nups and there was potential for the courts to overrule them too easily. The proposed amendments to the law would give them more weight as long as they were produced to a certain criteria. Only in exceptional circumstances where this criteria is not met will the courts decide not to uphold them.”

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