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Sarah Coates-Madden


“I think the best advice to give to clients is to be realistic and practical in resolving disputes. Don’t dwell on the small stuff and try to look forwards rather than backwards.”

About Sarah…

Sarah went to school in the East Riding of Yorkshire, lived in Manchester for 9 years, and then returned to the East Riding where she has remained ever since. She worked in a range of jobs including Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and Citizens Advice Bureau Advisor before deciding on a legal career and qualifying as a solicitor in 2006.

“I’ve always worked in jobs where people skills and listening are of crucial importance. Being a solicitor is no different. To be a good commercial litigation solicitor, you need to really listen and understand your client’s business and what outcome they are looking for before you can advise them.”

A solicitor in the commercial litigation team, Sarah advises on a wide range of disputes including debt recovery, contractual disputes, professional negligence, company disputes, and residential and commercial property litigation.

Sarah made the move to Gosschalks in 2013 after training at a high street firm in Scunthorpe and working for another Hull firm for 7 years. She became an Associate at Gosschalks in 2015.

“I thrive on the variety of commercial litigation. When you’re trying to resolve a dispute for a company, you quickly have to learn about the work of that business, be it engineering, finance or property. I love the fact that one day I can be engaged in the finer points of some financial documents or leases, and then the next day I might be immersed in the more technical aspects of air-conditioning ducting or sluice-gates.”

Sarah enjoys making connections with clients and forming a working relationship with them.

“What’s rewarding about my job is the working relationships that can develop. Over time you can become a client’s regular trusted advisor. If you give the right advice you can be a factor in helping their business to thrive.”

Other roles:

  • Board member of Pickering and Ferens Homes, which is a local charity and Registered Housing Provider
  • Regular speaker at the meetings of the Humber Landlords Association
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