“She’s commercially minded but up for a good fight if matters need to be taken to trial.”
Chambers UK 2020
‘Junior counsel of choice in difficult cases.’
Legal 500 2020
“A force to behold when you see her in action, she is smooth and has real authority.”
Chambers UK 2018
Sadie Crapper’s practice concentrates on personal injury and clinical negligence and police law. She is ranked by the legal directories for both fraud and PI:
Sadie has a nationwide practice and is always pleased to attend conferences and to give seminars and lectures at her clients’ convenience.
“One of the rising stars at 39 Essex Chambers.” Chambers and Partners
“She is very straight-talking, and will stick her neck out. She is a phenomenal barrister in terms of her technical argument and her ability to tailor them to different people.” Chambers and Partners
“A client-focused, tenacious and pragmatic litigator.” Legal 500
Sadie is a senior junior whose personal injury practice concentrates on catastrophic injury work and fraud. She is adept at handling complicated liability disputes concerning road traffic accidents (particularly those involving vulnerable road users), employer liability and related claims, and is known for providing detailed, forensic and realistic advice in difficult claims.
Her sound judgment is recognised by claimant and defendant lawyers alike and she is regularly instructed as sole Counsel in multimillion pound claims: in 2020 Sadie achieved settlement for her amputee client of in excess of £3.5 million.
Sadie is particularly adept at managing claims involving pain syndromes and enjoys getting involved in such cases at an early stage in proceedings to assist with planning tactics and strategies.
As a leading name in PI fraud work, Sadie’s practice in this area is focused on defendant work and she has been instructed in many of the major cases in recent times including Summers v Fairclough Homes, Fari v Homes for Haringey (the first strike out using the power declared by the Supreme Court in Summers) and Sandip Atwal v Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust (discontinuance in the face of overwhelming evidence of fraud followed by the first committal brought by the NHSR).
Sadie has extensive experience of group litigation. She is currently leading a team of juniors within Chambers on hundreds of police overtime claims arising from the Court of Appeal decision in Allard and others v Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. Sadie also has experience of dealing with over 30 linked professional negligence cases relating to the police pension scheme, and was a junior on the Capper Pass Claims Review Scheme, a multi-million pound scheme established by Rio Tinto plc to deal with multiple industrial diseases claims arising from a metal reclamation plant in Humberside.
Recent cases include:
Sadie has experience in handling historic sexual abuse claims acting for both claimants and defendants. She has advised on claims involving grooming and the abuse of children, and sexual assault involving adults. Sadie is sensitive to the needs of her clients, whether they be the alleged victim or perpetrator, and gives practical and commercial advice in clear terms in order to assist in the appropriate resolution of any claim.
Sadie has extensive experience in the Coroner’s Court including inquests involving deaths in custody, deaths in the workplace and road traffic accidents.
Reported cases include:
Other notable cases include:
“An excellent barrister in court.” “She’s brilliant. She’s full of common sense and she does this extremely well.” Chambers and Partners
‘Incisive, has an excellent and personal approach to clients.’ Legal 500
“Known for her strong work in motor insurance fraud, which sits alongside her estimable personal injury practice. She has considerable expertise of acting for defendant insurers facing issues such as staged accidents, phantom passengers and exaggerated claims.” Chambers and Partners
“She delivers what is expected in a way that is client and solicitor-friendly.” Chambers and Partners.
Sadie has a thriving defendant fraud practice and is ranked in Band 1 for Motor Insurance Fraud by Chambers and Partners. Her expertise includes:
– fraudulent exaggeration claims, including strike out of such claims
– staged accident
– phantom passenger
– faked accident claims
– contempt proceedings
– costs arguments arising from fraudulent claims, including the appropriate use of the offer regimes
Sadie is often involved in cases at the earliest stage of a suspicious claim and works closely with the existing team to progress the case. Using her pre-Bar experience working in the legal department at Thames Valley Police, Sadie recognizes the need to work flexibly to meet the demands of managing fraud claims and provides clear and concise advice to assist in the management of a suspicious claim towards a successful conclusion.
Reported cases include:
Other notable cases include:
Sadie developed her long standing interest in clinical negligence work by working for the Treasury Solicitor dealing with clinical negligence claims made by prisoners for the healthcare treatment received whilst in prison. She has particular experience of dealing with claims involving:
DH v H NHS trust and others
Sadie acted as sole counsel in a claim arising from delayed diagnosis of retinopathy of prematurity causing blindness. Sadie worked as sole Counsel with solicitor and experts to force significant causation admissions which catapulted the value of the claim into seven figures. Leading Counsel was brought in for the final stages of the quantum case and the claim settled at JSM for in excess of £4m.
MAC v N NHS trust
Acting for Defendant in defence of fatal accidents case involving allegations of negligent nursing care and failure to diagnose sepsis. Sadie worked in close harmony with her solicitors to secure the discontinuance of the claim well in advance of trial.
Atwal v Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Acting as sole counsel for the Defendant in an £800,000+ claim involving allegations of fraudulent exaggeration. Sadie provided advice and amended the Defence and Counterschedule to make the allegations of fraud and apply to strike out the claim. In response the Claimant accepted a pre-issue offer.
Marie Stopes and BPAS
Sadie is regularly instructed to defend claims on behalf of Marie Stopes and the BPAS.
Sadie’s public law practice focuses on police law, including police pensions work and related judicial reviews, and asset forfeiture work before the Administrative Court.
Sadie has recent experience of:
Sadie is regularly instructed on behalf of the Police Federation on police pensions matters.
Sadie’s work in this field continues to grow: she continues to excel in all matters of police disciplinary work but is building on her experience in healthcare regulation.
More recently Sadie has extended her regulatory experience to matters before the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority and is keen to develop her practice in the regulation of the legal profession in complement to her developing professional negligence practice.
Notable cases includ:
Sadie primarily practices in the area of Solicitor’s negligence and has extensive experience of cases involving personal injury including missed limitation dates (which extends to limitation in respect of foreign claims) and under-settlement, and cases involving employment law claims including poor conduct of employment tribunal claims and pension loss.
Notable cases include:
At 15 years’ Call, Sadie has significant experience of alternative dispute resolution including mediation as sole Counsel in multi-party disputes, independent evaluation before Dame Janet Smith and countless joint settlement meetings spanning a wide range of disputes across injury litigation and police law. In 2008 Sadie trained as an accredited mediation advocate and in 2020 she received training from world-leading Arbitrators in preparation for entry to the 39 EC ADR panel for fixed-fee arbitrations and adjudications.
Sadie is ranked by Chambers and Partners for Motor Insurance Fraud (band 1) and for Personal Injury law (band 2).
Client quotes in Chambers and Partners include:
“An excellent barrister in court.” “She’s brilliant. She’s full of common sense and she does this extremely well.”
“Sadie is a highly intelligent and skilled barrister. Her strategic approaches are very well appreciated.”
“Very bright and has a good practice.”
“A force to behold when you see her in action, she is smooth and has real authority.”
“Commercially minded, thorough in her approach and good with clients.”
“Decisive and extremely hardworking.”
“Has a real eye for the detail of a case.”
“A barrister at the top of her game.”
“One of the rising stars at 39 Essex Chambers.”
“She’s absolutely excellent.”
“She’s very straight-talking, and will stick her neck out. She is a phenomenal barrister in terms of her technical arguments and her ability to tailor them to different people.”
“She delivers what is expected in a way that is client and solicitor friendly.”
“She is very bright and her pleadings are excellent.”
“She is an expert in abuse and bullying cases, and strong on employers’ liability matters.”
Sadie is ranked by Legal 500 in Personal Injury law (tier 4), where she is described as:
“Incisive, has an excellent and personal approach to clients.”
“She has an uncompromising, passionate approach and a committed attitude that inspires confidence”
“She is a shrewd negotiator and inspires confidence when advising clients.”
“A client-focused, tenacious and pragmatic litigator.”
“Destined to go to the top.”
Sadie is also ranked by Legal 500 in Insurance Fraud (tier 1), where she is described as:
“Someone you would always want on your side.”
BGR v AJ (2020)
Above knee amputation case. Sole Counsel. Settled pre-litigation for over £3.5 million.
KT v JP (2020)
Serious pelvic injuries to pregnant claimant with pre-existing chronic fatigue syndrome. Case settled at virtual JSM at significant saving for defendant.
BG v RM and EUI Ltd (2019/2020)
Serious lower limb injuries to motorcyclist. Schedule in excess of £2m. Case settled on a commercial basis after Sadie prevailed at a contested application for evidence concerning co-morbid issue of sarcoidosis.
MG v KCC, FD, SP (2019)
Complicated liability case involving black ice and winter maintenance issues concerning two accidents in quick succession which led to a below knee amputation. Primary liability not admitted. Contributory negligence in issue. Sole Counsel instructed against two Silks and Senior Junior of 25+ years Call. Pre-litigation mediation failed but the case settled for £1m+ shortly after Sadie’s pleadings were served.
Everett v Dyer  EWHC 2049 (QB)
Liability trial of motorcycle vs van claim acting for the claimant who had paraplegia as a result of the accident. Silk opposition. Deduction for contributory negligence limited to 25% and claimant bettered his own Part 36 offer. Case proceeds as regards quantum.
C v NW Anglia FT (2019)
Fatal accidents case involved alleged failure to diagnose sepsis and failures of care leading to allegedly preventable death of young woman. Sadie was instructed to provide tactical advice and the claim was subsequently discontinued against the Trust.
D v NHSR (2019)
Contribution claim arising from clinical negligence following delayed diagnosis of foot fracture. Sadie settled the main claim and then acted in the contribution proceedings brought by insurers against the NHS Trust who negligently failed to identify a fracture in the foot. Claim was settled on favourable terms with a significant contribution.
DH v H and NMH (2016-2019)
Delayed diagnosis of retinopathy of prematurity in mid 1990s leading to severe sight impairments in now adult claimant. Sadie acted as sole counsel to secure breach of duty and, much later, causation admissions which escalated the value of the claim significantly such that a Leader was introduced for the final stages of quantum. Case settled with PPOs at JSM shortly before quantum trial. Capitalised lump sum c.£5m.
DH v GS Ltd (2018)
Sadie had conduct of the main claim brought against insurers during which clinical negligence was identified on the part of the treating hospital in respect to the preventative measures taken to manage DVT risk, which eventuated. Sadie helped to secure a significant contribution from the treating hospital with early, pragmatic advice and drafting on contribution proceedings.
Summers v Fairclough Homes Limited 27 June 2012  UKSC 26
On 27 June 2012 judgment was handed down in the landmark personal injury case of Summers v Fairclough Homes Limited. William Norris QC acted for the appellant, Fairclough Homes, leading James Todd and Sadie Crapper, instructed by Berrymans Lace Mawer.
Fari v Homes for Haringey (Lawtel) and Homes for Haringey v Fari and Fari
Sole Counsel for the Defendant in the first known case of strike out for fraudulent exaggeration following the principles in Summers v Fairclough Homes. Sadie also acted for the Applicant in the contempt proceedings which arose from the same claim.
Sikand v C S Lounge Suite Limited and LA Fitness (Lawtel)
Legally qualified Claimant claimed significant and long-lasting impairments arising from two accidents which occurred before he underwent his legal training. Detailed review of the Claimant’s social media profiles coupled with surveillance persuaded the Court that the Claimant had so abused the process of the Court by his attempted fraud that his claim should be struck out at an interlocutory stage following the principles in Summers v Fairclough Homes.
Hogwood v Sunderland City Council 2013
Sadie acted for the Defendant in this case which was the first case in an allegedly fraudulent conspiracy arising from the work of one Claims Management Company to litigate (CMC). The investigation into the fraud included the use of a RIPA authorised Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS) and had resulted in the arrests of the directors of the CMC. Sadie worked with her Instructing Solicitor to deliver the evidence of the conspiracy to the Court and amend the existing Defence to plead exaggeration fraud and to rely on the conspiracy in the proceedings. The Claimant discontinued his claim.
White v Derby Phoenix Motorcycle Club 2013
Claim worth in excess of £1.7 million with fraud elements which settled at a significant reduction shortly before trial.
Stress and Bullying
Dowson et anors v. Chief Constable of Northumbria Police 20 October 2010  All ER (D) 191 (Oct)
Second junior acting for the Chief Constable defending six claims brought under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 with a combined value of £1.8m
Allard et ors v The Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall Constabulary  EWCA Civ 42, 3 February 2015.
A case involving the construction of complex provisions relating to the entitlement of police officers to overtime. Sadie successfully argued at a preliminary hearing that the regulations ought to be construed to mean that the claimants were entitled to a minimum of 4 hours’ overtime allowance on each occasion they were required to deal with telephone calls made by the covert human intelligence sources they were handling between two rostered tours of police duty. The Chief Constable unsuccessfully appealed that decision before the Court of Appeal and the claimants succeeded in a cross-appeal relating to ‘casual’ overtime. Sadie was led in the Court of Appeal by Martin Westgate QC.
Combatting fraudulent and exaggerated claims: a review of developments since the Supreme Court decision in Summers v Fairclough Homes, James Todd, Sadie Crapper and David Spencer JPIL (2014) No. 3 p.180 Part 36 offers: when bettering is not enough, P.I.L.J. (2008) No.66 June Pages 6-8 (Sadie Crapper) Money talks – Part 36 and a retreat from Carver, Kemp News, 2010 Sadie is a regular contributor to the Thirty Nine Essex Street Domestic & International Personal Injury News.