Partner | Global Head of In-house Legal
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.
Crafty Counsel podcast
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 […]
Taylor Root UK Trustee Network: An interview with Fran Forsyth, Indigo Volunteers
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 […]
Driving positive change through the Taylor Root UK Trustee Network
At Taylor Root, we work hard to constantly create positive change and growth for our clients, candidates and of course the legal industry as a whole. As the world focuses more on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and environmental, governance and social (ESG), more non-profit businesses and charities are recruiting voluntary Trustees who want to […]
ESG: how can in-house lawyers impact their businesses?
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 […]
How is the war for junior lawyers impacting in-house salaries?
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 […]
Are you an Imposter? How to identify, deal with and overcome Imposter Syndrome
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. […]
Legal Operations: How can General Counsels transform their legal teams?
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 […]
IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge: Emma Priestley
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 […]
ESG: how can General Counsels and in-house lawyers guide their business to the starting line?
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 […]
IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge: Anna Koshy
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 […]
IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge: Anna Solar-Basset
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 […]
IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge: Female Leaders Across The Globe
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 […]
„How are you?“ The lost art of serendipity & water cooler chats
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 […]
Taylor Root – Diversity & Inclusion Series
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 […]
Making the most of your in-house career
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 […]
#CallItOut Supporting victims of economic abuse in the workplace
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 we wanted to recognise this ongoing campaign to secure women’s rights, as well as the extraordinary women […]
How do you build an outstanding legal team?
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 […]
‚New breed’ General Counsel need to understand ‘entrepreneurs’
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 […]