Sarah Furness


Sarah provides advice to employer clients on a range of employment law matters and in various sectors, including the care sector, manufacturing sector, charity sector and leisure and tourism sector.

Sarah Furness, Partner
Specialises in:
Employment Law & HR
Newcastle office
0191 227 6722

Sarah provides advice to employer clients on a range of employment law matters and in various sectors, including the care sector, manufacturing sector, charity sector and leisure and tourism sector. She assists our corporate team, advising in respect of business acquisitions and disposals.

Sarah takes pride in getting to know her clients and their businesses so that she can assist them with their people strategy and so she has a full awareness of their commercial objectives and how their people strategy fits in with those objectives. Sarah is known for her down to earth and practical approach to employment law issues and is often referred to as part of her client’s “team”.

Sarah regularly provides advice on:

  • Tribunal claims
  • High level severances/exits
  • Day to day HR matters
  • Employment documentation including contracts, polices and directors service agreements
  • Complex bonus and commission schemes
  • Redundancies/restructures
  • Discrimination issues
  • Dismissals
  • TUPE and outsourcing
  • In-house training

Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 2006.

Sarah Furness is an extremely knowledgeable employment practitioner who combines vast knowledge with an ability to summarise key issues succinctly for her clients. Sarah is driven to achieve the right solutions for her clients, is pragmatic and very well respected by her peers. Working with Sarah you quickly notice that she has fantastic listening skills and has the ability to cut straight to the heart of what is important in the project. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Sarah. Clearly a people person, Sarah was also a pleasure to work with- a rare combination of all the important qualities in a lawyer.


Sarah is always quick to respond and we are never left waiting. This is important in our line of work as issues can arise quickly with a response being required just as quick. Sarah gives clear and concise advice which makes it easy for us to understand the situation and how we should deal with it.

Client via Legal 500

A key reason when choosing Hay & Kilner to provide legal advice was their approachability. Sarah Furness was empathetic and patient which helped us a great deal throughout the process. Sarah is also a fantastic negotiator and I felt sure that she was on our side and would achieve the best possible result for us.

Client via Legal 500

Sarah always asks what we want to achieve and get out of it, which is great. She takes the time to understand where we are coming from and will challenge us on what we are doing to ensure she gives us the best advice. I don’t think she can improve because she ticks every box.


Thank you for your support over the past few years, without which we would have struggled to handle some of the difficult situations we found ourselves in, particularly the Employment Tribunals, which we navigated successfully with your help.


Sarah Furness is very responsive, pragmatic and practical with her advice.

Legal 500

I enjoy working with [Sarah Furness] because she is quick to respond and happy to take account of our view.

Client via Chambers & Partners

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‘Hay & Kilner’ and ‘Hay & Kilner Law Firm’ are both trading names of Hay & Kilner LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with registered number OC418767. Our registered office is at The Lumen, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5BZ and we are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Authorisation number 643191). We use the word ‘partner’ to refer to a member of Hay & Kilner LLP. A list of the members is available at our registered office.