Sarah Gore

Solicitor

LLB, Bachelor of Journalism, GDipLegalPrac

ph: 02 9261 4281

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Solicitor

LLB, Bachelor of Journalism, GDipLegalPrac

ph: 02 9261 4281

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Experience

Sarah graduated with a double degree in Journalism and Law from the University of Wollongong 2020 after commencing work as a Defamation paralegal and social media assistant at O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors in July of that year. 

After she began working at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 2018, Sarah developed an interest in media law and social justice. After working in both the newsroom and the legal department of the ABC, Sarah moved into private practice with O’Briens. 

During her degrees, Sarah had an eclectic array of experiences including volunteering with the Illawarra Legal Centre and Legal Aid Wollongong and as online editor of the University’s student magazine, the Tertangala. 

Current Practice Area

Civil Work

In her capacity as Junior Civil Solicitor, Sarah focuses on matters against NSW Police and other institutions for intentional torts and against perpetrators and organisations for sexual harassment. 

Defamation Work

As a member of the firm’s Defamation Team, Sarah is typically first point-of-call for defamation inquiries. She has experience with defamation claims arising from both social media and traditional print publications, working on claims from multiple jurisdictions, including NSW, the NT and Victoria. 

Professional Approach and Interest Areas

In her capacity as Defamation Solicitor, Sarah is particularly interested in the tort of Defamation on the whole and its subsequent flaws. Sarah approaches her work in a practical way, taking not only the actual law into account, but also the practical limitations and allowances of the law. 

Sarah is passionate about the application of defamation law to everyday person.

“The law of defamation is regarded mainly as protecting the reputations of the rich and the famous. However, we often underestimate the value of the reputations of ordinary citizen in their small communities. Reputation is something that everyone should be able to defend regardless of whether they live in a mansion in Mosman or a fibro shack in the outback.”

As a civil solicitor, Sarah mainly institutes proceedings against the NSW Police for unlawful arrest, assault, and battery.

“I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to hold authorities to account for their behaviours. Police in particular garner a high level of discretion which needs checks and balances to ensure that power isn’t wielded in the wrong way.”

Beyond her practice areas, Sarah is passionate about human rights law and social justice. As the firm’s social media manager, Sarah uses the platform to promote the #blacklivesmatter movement and to shine light on injustices within the criminal justice system.

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