Sarah Barker

Head of Art & Fashion Groups,


Sarah is Partner in Lee & Thompson’s Corporate & Commercial Department and heads up the firm’s dedicated Art and Fashion groups.

A general corporate and commercial practitioner with a specialism in the art, fashion and wider creative industries, Sarah joined Lee & Thompson in October 2017 after the firm acquired her boutique practice, Montgomery Barker.  Sarah founded Montgomery Barker following a career in corporate law at international law firm Herbert Smith, and studying at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

With a client base comprising both private individuals and corporates, Sarah has considerable experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial law, including M&A, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital, across a wide variety of transactions in terms of size and sector.  She also acts as trusted advisor to a number of high profile individuals.

Sarah acts for various HNWIs and UHNWIs (including well-known entrepreneurs, YBAs, collectors and art dealers), and for a range of corporates from SMEs to PLCs (including global art dealerships, auction houses, fashion and beauty businesses, tech companies, creative media agencies, fashion agencies, art fairs, private members’ clubs and other events businesses).

The 2019 edition of Chambers & Partners HNW recommends Sarah for Art & Cultural Property Law where she is noted for being a “first rate lawyer” and “a wonderful art professional” who is “very grounded in the industry and really understands the art world”.

Legal 500 ranks Sarah for Art & Cultural Property law, where she is noted for being “…brilliant. Always available, super professional, creative, flexible and dedicated. She can be tough when required yet she is always fair” and for being “intelligent, sharp and extremely effective all-round”, with “in-depth knowledge of the art market and its nuances”.

Sarah has lectured at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She has also written for Apollo Magazine. Sarah is a member of PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market), AWITA (the Association of Women in the Arts) and the Institute of Art & Law. 

Sarah is the former Chairman of the Royal Academy Schools’ Patrons Committee, and she sat for three terms on the Arts & Heritage Giving Committee for one of the UK’s largest philanthropic foundations.  Sarah is currently a Governor of St Paul’s School in Barnes, London and a Patron of the Contemporary Art Society.  She is also listed in “Who’s Who”, the recognised list of people influencing British life.

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