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          Sara-Jane Eaton

          Partner // Head of European Group // International Claims and Travel Group

          Sara-Jane is a Partner and Head of the European Group. She leads a team of foreign personal injury lawyers, assistants and translators.

          Sara-Jane is 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.

           She specialises 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.

          Sara-Jane speaks fluent German and regularly represent German insurers and individuals in the UK and abroad especially in Green Card and Fourth Directive motor claims. She is the Green Card correspondent and Fourth Directive Agent for German insurers.

          She is also able to speak fluent French and has 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 she is the Fourth Directive agent for a major Polish insurer, often defending claims arising in that jurisdiction.

          Sara-Jane is a member of DWF's Diversity Steering Group.

          Sara-Jane has a particular interest in travel claims, especially those pursued under the Package Travel Regulations and is recognised in the travel sections of Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as having "a good eye for the winning points in a case" and as being one of the leaders in knowing her way around the German jurisdiction."

          One client quotes that "she knows the international claims handling scene very well, is multilingual and is handling our cases to our full satisfaction", and other sources add: "She's everything you'd want in a solicitor".

          By virtue of her well-established pan-European practice and her language skills she is frequently instructed to defend foreign liability claims especially those involving personal injury.

          Her reported cases include Knauf UK GmbH v British Gypsum Ltd (2002) which involved a dispute over service of foreign legal proceedings; Katerina Cox v Ergo Versicherung AG (Supreme Court 2014) which involved issues of applicable law in a wrongful death claim in Germany and Wink v Croatia Osiguranje DD (2013) and Panagaki v Minetta Insurance (2016) which involved the issues of domicile, jurisdiction and forum conveniens.