Sarah graduated from Durham University with a degree in Law in 1992 and from there went on to the Chester College of Law. She did her training contract with Trowers & Hamlins in London and was admitted as a solicitor in 1995. She was a partner at her own firm in Wales for a number of years, specialising in Wills and Probate.
Sarah was raised in the Eden Valley and educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith. She returned to Cumbria in 2012 and worked for Eden District Council until she joined the Arnison Heelis Probate Department in 2019.