I am an international insurance claims specialist, working on cross-border litigation arising from motor, products, travel, employers' and public liability claims, as well as catastrophic injury and large loss claims
I specialise in foreign claims in the fields of motor, public, employers', product and travel liability. In particular this means claims brought under Regulation 44 of 2001, Private International Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995 and the Rome II Regulation.
My reported cases include Knauf UK GmbH v British Gypsum Ltd (2002) - involving a dispute over service of foreign legal proceedings, Katerina Cox v Ergo Versicherung AG (Supreme Court 2014) - involving issues of applicable law in a wrongful death claim in Germany and the issues of jurisdiction and forum conveniens in the case of Wink v Croatia Osiguranje DD (2013).
I speak fluent German and regularly represent German insurers and individuals in the UK and abroad especially in Green Card and Fourth Directive motor claims. I am the green card correspondent and Fourth Directive Agent for German insurers.
I also speak fluent French and have a good working knowledge of the French social system, specialising in claims brought under the Dintilhac classification and the Loi Bandinter. This expertise extends into Poland, where I am the Fourth Directive agent for a major Polish insurer, often defending claims arising in that jurisdiction.
I am a member of DWF's Diversity Steering Group.
"Sara-Jane has a good eye for the winning points in a case"
Chambers and Partners
Sara-Jane Eaton receives superb feedback from peers and insurance clients for her role on catastrophic injury claims, including RTAs. Sources note her detailed understanding of the German insurance sector, saying that "she is one of the leaders in knowing her way around the jurisdiction."