Sarah Hickingbotham

LLB (Honours), BA (French), GDLP
Area of law:
Administrative decision making and review, Disciplinary proceedings and prosecutions, Royal commissions and inquiries, Civil litigation and dispute resolution (including personal injury)

Sarah Hickingbotham is a solicitor in the Inquiries, Prosecutions and Administrative Law Branch at the VGSO. 

She has a broad practice, primarily providing advice and litigation services to a range of departments and public entities in a variety of matters including: 
•    prosecuting indictable and summary offences on behalf of a range of regulators and statutory authorities
•    advising clients on statutory interpretation, regulatory regimes and the scope of statutory powers
•    disciplinary proceedings and professional misconduct matters
•    conducting historical abuse claim settlements

Sarah also assists the VGSO Commissions and Inquiries team with supporting the State in its engagement with the Yoorrook Justice Commission, Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide and the Parliamentary Inquiry into the 2022 Flood Event.  Her practice includes assisting the State by providing advice on statutory secrecy, the scope of powers and privileges of state and federal Commissions and preparing state witnesses to give evidence.  

Prior to joining the VGSO, Sarah worked as a solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions where she prepared and instructed at committals, plea hearings, trials and other hearings in the Magistrates' and County Court.