Sara Garnett
  • Sara Garnett

  • Partner


LLB (Hons) 2:1, University of Leeds, 1999 

Legal Qualifications:

Legal Practise Course, Distinction, College of Law York, 2000

Year Of Admission:


Career History:

  • Trainee Solicitor, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 2000 to 2002
  • Solicitor, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 2002 to 2015
  • Associate Solicitor, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 2015 to March 2018
  • Senior Associate, Tilly Bailey & Irvine,  April 2018

Experience and Expertise:

I deal with all types of commercial property and have a particular expertise in buying property through a SSAS or SIPP.  I also have expertise in buying and selling land for development involving conditional contracts, option agreements and overage agreements.  I undertake a wide variety of Landlord and Tenant work acting for both Landlords and Tenants.  I also act for a number of lenders in reviewing titles to properties and putting in place effective security for the lender.

I act for a range of clients including individuals, developers, partnerships, companies, Banks and PLCs.

Legal 500:

2017 - Clients praise the ‘exceedingly good and incredibly helpful’ Sara Garnett, who ‘combines formidable knowledge with outstanding service’.

2016 - 'Finds innovative ways to make things happen' SIPP and SSAS work is a particular strength.

Professional Memberships/Directorship:



Enough French to be able to order drinks and a meal!

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Boring as it is, I wanted to be a lawyer from a very young age

Why law as a career?

I was initially attracted by the idea of cross examining people in the witness box or the dock in court. Now I like the challenge of finding solutions to enable clients to achieve their objective. There is no such thing as a problem, only a solution waiting to be found.

Describe any personal achievements

I became a blood donor last year which was a huge achievement for me as I have a tendency to faint at the sight of blood – especially my own!

What one thing could you not live without?

My family.

Hobbies and interests 

I love getting out on my mountain bike with family or friends to combine fresh air, exercise and good conversation.

I am an avid reader and am currently working my way through the Alex Cross series by James Patterson and the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child on my Kindle.