Full Name: Ms Sarah Lenthall
Phone: 9225 7777
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Mobile: 0424348222
Chambers: Gorman Chambers
Room: 0931
Date of Admission: 23 Apr 2013
Called to the Bar: 4 May 2017
Qualifications: BA; LLB (Hons)
Previous Occupation: Senior Solicitor Advocate, Office of Public Prosecutions


Sarah Lenthall accepts briefs in the areas of criminal law, disciplinary tribunal proceedings, regulatory matters, public law and inquests. She also accepts briefs in worker's compensation and WorkSafe prosecutions.

Immediately before coming to the Bar, Sarah worked as a Senior Solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions. She now appears in all areas of criminal law across all jurisdictions. Sarah has experience in a broad range of indictable criminal matters, including sexual offences, drug matters and violent offences. She also has a particular interest in post-sentence applications and reviews.

Since coming to the Bar, Sarah has advised and appeared on behalf of various government agencies in a range of areas, such as regulatory compliance, privilege claims and subpoena arguments. She has also been briefed to appear in professional disciplinary matters, both as counsel assisting and on behalf of the individual, including inquiries before the Building Practitioners Board and prosecutions brought by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Sarah graduated from Monash University in 2011 second in the law faculty. She is a contributing author to Criminal Law Investigation and Procedure Victoria (Thomson Reuters), and has also researched and edited a number of books. These include Bronitt & McSherry’s Principles of Criminal Law (Thomson Reuters) and Sex Offenders and Preventive Detention: Politics, Policy and Practice (Federation Press). She is proficient in written advocacy.

Sarah is a current Co-Chair of Women in Crime, the leading professional network of female criminal lawyers in Victoria. She was previously Co-Chair of Victorian Women Lawyers’ Women in Government Committee.

Sarah read with Julian McMahon AC SC and her senior mentor was Rowena Orr QC.

Areas of Practice


  • Criminal Appeals

Common Law

  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)
  • Workers Compensation

Criminal Law

  • Confiscation of Assets
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental
  • Health & Safety
  • Mental Illness
  • Planning
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Sexual Assault

Environmental Law & Planning Law

  • Animal Welfare
  • Planning Offences

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Royal Commissions

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Health & Medical
  • Industry Regulations

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