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Sarah McNally


Sarah advises clients on contentious and non-contentious insurance matters specialising in construction.



Sarah practises across the full range of insurance work with particular expertise in construction, energy, projects and political risk. Her experience includes advising clients on non-contentious policy and contract drafting as well as acting in relation to contentious policy claims and recovery actions.

She has particular professional negligence experience and has assisted clients involved in claims against architects, engineers, solicitors and brokers.

Sarah has a particular specialism in insurance backed transactions and has advised on a range of substantial deals in this regards.

Sarah is a member of the Society of Construction Lawyers, TECBAR and the Mining Insurance Group (MIG).

Sarah's experience includes advising:

  • a number of insurers and their insureds on a number of complex claims against construction professionals, including in relation to emergency services facilities, construction of hospitals and commercial premises
  • BP on insurance coverage issues arising from the Deepwater Horizon loss
  • energy companies and government bodies in relation to allocation of contractual risk, indemnity provisions and insurance provisions in major engineering, infrastructure and power contracts
  • various financial institutions in relation to claims under political and credit risk insurance policies worldwide
  • a global insurance broker in relation to Construction All Risk and Delay in Start-Up matters


Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 2005, Sarah practised as a barrister at Crown Office Chambers from 1999–2005. She has appeared in a range of tribunals including the QBD, TCC and Court of Appeal and retains full rights of audience. She is also an experienced mediation advocate.