Full Name: Sarah E Lenthall
Phone:+61 3 9225 7777
Phone:9225 7777
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.

Immediately before coming to the Bar, Sarah worked as a Senior Solicitor Advocate at the Office of Public Prosecutions. She now appears predominantly for the defence 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 appeared on behalf of government agencies in matters related to criminal prosecutions such as 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 is reading with Julian McMahon and her senior mentor is Rowena Orr QC.

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Areas of Practice


  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Proceeds of Crime


  • Crimes against the person
  • Drugs
  • Mental Illness
  • Sexual Assault
  • Work Health and Safety


  • Criminal Appeals


  • Commissions and other inquiries
  • Coronial Inquests

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • High Court of Australia

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