Sarah Ingwersen

Partner | Global Head of In-house Legal

London, UK

  • Banking and financial services
  • Corporate and commercial
  • In-house
  • Partner

Sarah heads our global in-house legal team based in London. She focuses on recruiting general counsels for corporates and has worked with leading companies since 2000 to build out their legal teams. Under Sarah’s leadership, the team works with clients across financial services, banking, corporates and commercial, recruiting permanent, interim lawyers and non-qualified legal professionals at all levels from paralegals and newly qualified lawyers up to general counsels. Sarah is a lawyer by background, having trained and qualified at a global law firm in Australia after obtaining a bachelor of laws (hons) from Bond University.

SARAH’s Insights

  • ESG

ESG: how can in-house lawyers impact their businesses?

  • Posted March 13, 2022
Environmental Social Governance (‘ESG’) refers to three key factors used to measure how sustainable and ethical a company is from a corporate governance and investment perspective and also increasingly from an employee perspective. There are a myriad of frameworks to help measure ESG impact and whilst there is currently no clear industry leader, companies and […]
  • Uncategorized

How is the war for junior lawyers impacting in-house salaries?

  • Posted November 11, 2021
Throughout 2021, Taylor Root has witnessed the strongest recovery in the in-house legal recruitment market ever experienced, which has impacted significantly on candidate supply and demand, as well as on recruitment processes. Recently, I commented in The Times about the war for hiring junior to mid-level lawyers and how it is impacting salaries. Such demand for junior-to-mid […]
  • Career Advice

Are you an Imposter? How to identify, deal with and overcome Imposter Syndrome

  • Posted November 1, 2021
What is Imposter Syndrome? Imposter Syndrome was first recognised by psychologists in the 1970s who were studying high achieving women and their feelings of inadequacy or anxiety. It is now widely recognised as disproportionately affecting people at all stages of their career – both women and men – regardless of their background, status or title. […]
  • Finding Talent

Legal Operations: How can General Counsels transform their legal teams?

  • Posted July 12, 2021
On Wednesday 26 June 2021 Taylor Root UK hosted a webinar on Legal Operations for General Counsel and Legal Operations professionals.  ‘Legal Operations’ is not a new concept but is gaining widespread popularity within the UK legal market, having originated in the US in-house legal market where there are over 3000 legal operations professionals. The function provides […]
  • DEI

IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge: Emma Priestley

  • Posted April 12, 2021
Disclaimer: Please note that all commentary and opinions provided in this interview are those of the individual and not the organisation/company they are employed by.  What impact could Kamala Harris’ appointment to Vice President have on the next generation of female leaders?  Showing that anything is possible and that the ‘glass ceiling’ is there to […]
  • In-house

ESG: how can General Counsels and in-house lawyers guide their business to the starting line?

  • Posted March 12, 2021
On the 4th March 2021, Sarah Ingwersen and Eva Bishop facilitated the latest in our Taylor Root ESG webinar series titled ESG: How can General Counsels and in-house lawyers guide their business to the starting line?.  There is so much information in the public domain about ESG and the importance of measuring impact for an […]
  • DEI

IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge: Anna Koshy

  • Posted March 12, 2021
Disclaimer: Please note that all commentary and opinions provided in this interview are those of the individual and not the organisation/company they are employed by.  What skills and attributes do female leaders bring to create diverse leadership at management level? In my experience, having female leaders is not just about the attributes women bring to the […]
  • DEI

IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge: Anna Solar-Basset

  • Posted March 12, 2021
​ Disclaimer: Please note that all commentary and opinions provided in this interview are those of the individual and not the organisation/company they are employed by. What skills and attributes do female leaders bring to create diverse leadership at management level?  Commercially, a natural understanding of the demographic that drives up to 80% of consumer […]
  • DEI

IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge: Female Leaders Across The Globe

  • Posted March 12, 2021
During this past year we have been challenged beyond what could ever have been reasonably conceivable. In such unprecedented times and a period of incredible upheaval and tremendous uncertainty, why then should we also #ChooseToChallenge, on top of the daily challenges that we have no choice about? Because, whilst we have come so far, there […]
  • Wellbeing

“How are you?”​ The lost art of serendipity & water cooler chats

  • Posted October 12, 2020
These are surreal times. We are so physically remote from each other yet have so many ways of connecting. Six months ago I had never used Microsoft Teams. Now I have about eleventy-million internal Teams calls each week. And then there’s Zoom for client calls, candidate interviews, webinars, round tables, virtual conferences and team quiz […]
  • DEI

Taylor Root – Diversity & Inclusion Series

  • Posted September 12, 2020
The lack of diversity within corporate and in-house legal teams is becoming increasing prevalent, highlighted by a groundswell of support to have all minority groups fairly represented. The legal profession has been slow to redress this imbalance and we wish to explore ways that we can support companies achieve more diverse in-house legal teams. Taylor […]
  • Career progression

Making the most of your in-house career

  • Posted April 12, 2019
Taylor Root has been active in the in-house legal market since 1989, helping candidates to make the move from private practice and to navigate the different stages of their in-house career. In association with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) we hosted an event on “Managing your In-House Career”, which quickly turned into an extremely constructive discussion not only on […]
  • Market update

#CallItOut Supporting victims of economic abuse in the workplace

  • Posted March 12, 2019
International Women’s Day is all about celebrating the achievements of women and forging a gender- balanced world. Yet it’s also a celebration, and acknowledgement, of women’s political struggle to secure statutory rights and achieve equality. This International Women’s Day[1] we wanted to recognise this ongoing campaign to secure women’s rights, as well as the extraordinary women […]
  • Finding Talent

How do you build an outstanding legal team?

  • Posted November 12, 2017
Taylor Root recently hosted an event at LinkedIn’s office with guest speaker, Bjarne Tellmann, General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer, Pearson Plc. Bjarne discussed his insight into Building an Outstanding Legal Team, based on his extensive experience heading up legal teams at Pearson Plc and Coca-Cola and also at top US law firms. Bjarne has recently […]
  • Finding Talent

Recruiting your first in-house lawyer

  • Posted August 12, 2017
Taylor Root is proud to present our guide for recruiting your first in-house lawyer. Bringing a lawyer in-house is a major decision for an organisation – and it can come at a considerable cost. The benefits of having an in-house counsel are numerous and as such salaries for these individuals have risen steadily over the last decade. Whilst savings […]
  • Industry leaders

‘New breed’ General Counsel need to understand ‘entrepreneurs’

  • Posted November 12, 2016
Lawyers working with entrepreneurs – particularly those in ‘disruptive’ businesses – need to be able to understand their bosses’ motivations, understand what it means to be entrepreneurial and balance commercial risk with fast business progress. That was the key message from a roundtable of General Counsels with some of the UK’s most high-profile ‘challenger’ technology […]