Sarah Charlton FILFM

Sarah Charlton FILFM

ILFM Executive Council

BSc (Hons), FILFM, FCCA

Sarah has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting and is a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants. Her career spans over 30 years working within the legal sector for both small and medium sized law firms, fulfilling roles from practice manager through to COFA. During her career she has worked with a number of legal regulators, professional bodies and government organisations.


Sarah has been a member of the Institute of Legal Finance & Management throughout her career, qualifying as a Fellow member in 2005. Sarah also served as chairperson between 2010-2012 and continues to serve as an Executive Council Member. Sarah was also a trainer, tutor and examiner for the ILFM until 2021 and continues to contribute through their Training & Qualification Committee.


In early 2012 Sarah was invited by LexisNexis PSL to write several practice notes for their compliance software and subsequently became a panel expert for LexisNexis PSL on compliance. Sarah has worked with a number of legal regulators and professional bodies during her career providing practice management and accounting training competencies, an external advisor and the re-writing of accounting rules.


Sarah instigated many of the ILFM practice notes and has played an active role in the re-writes such as; VAT for legal accounting, and billing guide. Sarah has also received the “Aron Bowl” twice during her career for voluntary contributions to the profession.


Before starting a family in 2009 Sarah was an Army Reservist, having served overseas to include a number of operational tours: serving in Bosnia and Iraq where her financial management experience was utilised by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Sarah dealt directly with local ministers to assist and oversee the budgets for all local provinces within the southern region of Iraq.


Sarah thrives on opportunities to share her knowledge and experience with others whilst bringing value through improvements and efficiencies. This desire led to the creation of BlueSky Legal Finance Solutions in 2021 with her colleague, James Wright. She is often referred to by her peers as the Mary Poppins of the profession!