Sarah Ingwersen

Partner | Global Head of In-house Legal

London, UK

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

  • General counsel

Taylor Root UK Trustee network: An interview with David Morgan, Warburtons

  • Posted January 8, 2024
As part of our interview series for our Trustee Network, Taylor Root Partner, Sarah Ingwersen recently spoke to David Morgan, General Counsel and Company Secretary at Warburton’s about being a Trustee or involved in Governance for several different organisations – Leeds Beckett University (Governor), Impact Academies Trust (Member) and Gorse Academies Trust (Member). What do your Trustee organisations do? All […]
  • General counsel

Taylor Root UK Trustee network: An interview with Luisa Edwards, Comcast Corporation

  • Posted December 1, 2023
As part of our interview series for our Trustee Network, Taylor Root Partner, Sarah Ingwersen recently spoke to Luisa Edwards, SVP and Deputy General Counsel and Comcast Corporation about being a Trustee for the National Literacy Trust. What does your Trustee organisation do? The National Literacy Trust are a national charity that empowers people with the literacy skills […]
  • General counsel

Trustee toolkit

  • Posted November 17, 2023
As part of our work with Trustees we have put together a host of resources and information to help General Counsel understand what a trustee role entails andhow you can go about securing a position as a Trustee. We’re delighted to introduce you to our Trustee toolkit. Our guide provides insights and resources into why […]
  • General counsel

Taylor Root UK Trustee Network: An interview with Howard Trust, Schroders

  • Posted September 29, 2023
As part of our interview series for our Trustee Network, Taylor Root Partner, Sarah Ingwersen recently spoke to Howard Trust, General Counsel, Advisory at Schroders to find out his interest behind being a Trustee. Why are you interested in being a Trustee? I believe that my experience in working with boards and other fiduciary bodies and their […]
  • General counsel

Leading Beyond Law: The changing role of General Counsel

  • Posted September 25, 2023
Taylor Root recently attended an insightful and entertaining panel discussion at The Legal 500 (Legalease) GC Summit Netherlands 2023. The ‘Leading Beyond Law: The Changing role of General Counsel consisted of two very engaging General Counsel panelists; Olga Prokopovych & Mischa Menheere who shared with us the following key takeaways. Taylor Root’s Amsterdam office were extremely proud to sponsor this conference […]
  • Career Advice

Taylor Root UK Trustee Network: An interview with Aurea Garrido, Warner Bros Discovery

  • Posted September 22, 2023
As part of our interview series for our Trustee Network, Taylor Root Partner, Sarah Ingwersen recently spoke to Aurea Garrido about her time as a Trustee for Theatre Peckham. Aurea is VP Associate General Counsel, Warner Bros Discovery, News and Sports division. What does your Trustee organisation do? Theatre Peckham is a learning theatre that champions […]
  • Career Advice

The GC as Trustee: How can both General Counsel and a not-for-profit benefit?

  • Posted July 13, 2023
Watch the webinar in full below As part of our Trustee Network series of events, Taylor Root has partnered with Indigo Volunteers to explore the value General Counsel bring to the charity trustee role. The role of the trustee can be hugely rewarding and provides opportunities to add value to a charity through the sharing […]
  • General counsel

How General Counsel can impact ESG

  • Posted June 6, 2023
In recent years ESG has become integral to most businesses strategies. As a result, more and more General Counsel are finding the need to understand this area in order to properly support their companies. Taylor Root Partner, Sarah Ingwersen, recently caught up with Herbert Smith Freehills Partner, Rebecca Perlman to learn more about how General […]
  • Finding Talent

How to hire your first in-house lawyer

  • Posted May 31, 2023
Why hire your first in-house lawyer? There are numerous reasons a company decides to recruit their first in-house lawyer. Traditionally the key driver was to reduce reliance on external law firms and the associated costs of briefing work out. However, the intangible aspects of bringing legal work in-house as well as heightened corporate governance and […]
  • General counsel

The power of sharing the General Counsel role: A Crafty Counsel podcast

  • Posted March 21, 2023
We are very excited to share our first Taylor Root in-house podcast! In collaboration with Crafty Counsel, we met with Alexandra Badel and Sharon Harris to discuss their experience of job sharing their General Counsel role. The podcast highlights the pros and cons of job sharing at this level and gives listeners practical tips on […]
  • Company updates

Taylor Root UK Trustee Network: An interview with Fran Forsyth, Indigo Volunteers

  • Posted February 7, 2023
As part of the Taylor Root UK Trustee Network, a pro-bono initiative we created to help our networks and communities, we are always looking to speak to legal professionals who want to develop themselves personally and professionally. Here, Sarah Ingwersen, Partner and Global Head of In-house Legal, sat down with Fran Forsyth, Global General Counsel […]
  • Career Advice

What is the difference between a General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer?

  • Posted February 1, 2023
We are often asked by clients and General Counsel candidates what the difference is between a General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer (CLO).  According to LinkedIn, there are currently 291 CLOs and 4551 Group General Counsel and General Counsel in the UK. Compared with the US where there are 3879 CLOs and 58,960 Group General Counsel […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • General counsel

Building an agile risk management infrastructure that can respond quickly to geopolitical tension

  • Posted June 16, 2014
Recently, the Taylor Root team attended IQPC Exchange – Corporate Counsel and Compliance Exchange UK where we experienced a great panel session on ‘Building an agile risk management infrastructure that can respond quickly to geopolitical tension’. The session was expertly facilitated by Matt Gould, ContractPodAi and featured the panellists: Dara Fernandez Perez – General Counsel, Trade Sanctions Honeywell, Christopher […]
  • ESG

A practical look at ESG – the contractual nuts and bolts

  • Posted June 16, 2014
The Taylor Root team recently sponsored and attended the Corporate Counsel & Compliance Exchange and experienced a great panel discussion on ‘A practical look at ESG – the contractual nuts and bolts’. Panellists;Claire Roberts – General Counsel, Hitachi EnergyAnita Adam – General Counsel, Molson Coors Beverage CompanyAnders Meex Hvashovd – Chief Compliance Officer, SeadrillTania A. – Director of Commercial Contracts, Curtiss-Wright Corporation Expertly […]
  • DEI

Leading the charge on DE&I – embracing intersectional inclusion

  • Posted June 15, 2014
I recently attended the Corporate Counsel & Compliance Exchange and sat in one of the thought-provoking panel sessions, a discussion on ‘Leading the charge on DE&I – embracing intersectional inclusion’. Expertly moderated by Flora R. – Head of Legal EMEA – Pure Storage and featuring esteemed panellists: Kate Tyers – Director of Corporate – Legal Micro Focus, Kaelo Ajuluchukwu – Associate General […]