Imogen Sadler


Call: 2018 

"Have just worked with Imogen and she is very impressive"

East Sussex County Council

"Imogen is very clear thinking and that secures clear expression of views or arguments. Imogen is easy to work with and quickly responds to questions. Imogen has produced comprehensible and useful notes on matters that may affect local authorities."

Head of Chambers - Timothy Straker KC

Practice Summary

Imogen is a junior barrister with a particular interest in public and local government law.

She has a busy courtroom practise and is also frequently instructed by government departments and local authorities on a range of public law matters, including representing both the Home Office and the Department of Work and Pensions in court as sole counsel by way of off-panel nomination. She is a sought after junior counsel for inquiry and inquest work and is currently instructed as second junior counsel to the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

She also has a keen interest in police law and has represented parties in a wide range of matters, in particular in applications for Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Sexual Risk Order and Stalking Protection Orders.

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Public & Administrative

Imogen has significant public law experience from her time in GLD and is well versed in the workings of public bodies, having also completed a secondment to the legal department of a local authority and, before pupillage, working as a researcher in the House of Commons and completing an internship at the Office of the Hearing Officer at the European Commission.

As a member of the Attorney General’s junior junior scheme she is often instructed by government departments, including recently assisting on a major judicial review regarding the roll of out of 5G (Angell & Ors v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2023] EWHC 495 (Admin) ).

She also has a keen interest in local government law, and has experience of acting in a wide variety of matters including anti-social behaviour injunctions, possession proceedings and section 204 appeals and has appeared in a number of cases which involve equality and human rights arguments.


In her first six, Imogen worked in GLD's immigration litigation team. She has advised on both statutory appeals and judicial reviews of immigration decision, and has also assisted on two high profile immigration Supreme Court cases, R (DN (Rwanda)) v SSHD [2020] UKSC 7 and  R (Jalloh) v SSHD [2020] UKSC 4.

She also frequently volunteers for the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees, representing detainees in their applications for immigration bail.


Imogen is frequently instructed in regulatory hearings and has experience of interim orders, fitness to practice hearings and substantive order review hearings.


Imogen spent six months in the Department of Education advising on matters concerning teaching and independent schools.

Public Inquiries

Imogen has extensive experience in the field of public inquiries and has experience both in working for inquiries and also for core participants. She has experience in all parts of the inquiry process including drafting and responding to rule 9 requests, rule 10 requests, oral hearings and responding to warning letters.

She is currently instructed as second junior counsel to the Undercover Policing Inquiry and was previously junior junior counsel to the Inquiry for the Brook House Inquiry. Before starting pupillage she was lead paralegal for a major Core Participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Inquiries and Inquests

Imogen has a busy inquest practice and frequently accepts instructions for inquests including Article 2 inquests she has acted in, and assisted in, a number of inquests, including:

·         Inquest into the death of Andre Moura: assisted with the hearing in this inquest into a death in police custody

·         Inquest into the death of Thomas Huntley: assisted with drafting and case preparation for this inquest into a death in prison, which concerned issues regarding healthcare and safer cells in custody.

·         Inquest into the death of Louise Cox: assisted with drafting and case preparation for this Article 2 inquest related to a death in a woman’s prison.


Imogen has a keen interest in election law and often writes articles on the subject for Arena Magazine, and has assisted senior members of chambers on a number of legal opinions on Election Law.

She has been instructed as junior counsel (led by Timothy Straker KC) in Dayal v Jagnuath (2023) Case No: JCPC2023/0006, a high profile election law case shortly to come before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Counsel.

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