meet our people

All our consultants worked at the SRA for many years. Coupled with experience of working in private practice (seven of our team as qualified solicitors), we are ideally placed to support busy practitioners with practical advice and design and implement compliance and risk management systems fit for the real world.

Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 1990. Having practised law in private practice and in-house for ten years, she moved into regulatory consulting and was a director of KPMG’s regulatory consulting team.

She subsequently became an independent consultant and has run multiple projects in the UK and overseas for regulators. She has a strong understanding of the regulatory mindset and the expectations of regulators.

From 2009-2013 Sarah worked with the SRA, where she led the development and implementation of the SRA Handbook, including the Code of Conduct, which introduced outcomes-focused regulation for solicitors.

Sarah subsequently led the SRA’s introduction of COLPs and COFA for firms of solicitors, including the initial approval of COLPs and COFAs for all firms and the reorganisation of the Authorisation team to bring in a more risk-based approach to authorisation.

Sarah advises on compliance arrangements for law firms and regulatory risk management and the role of COLPs. Her advice is informed by her own experience as a solicitor, her consultancy skills and her understanding of regulatory expectations.

Outside work, Sarah enjoys travelling, learning new languages, photography, and writing poetry and articles.

What our clients say

I can always rely on Legal Compliance Services to provide comprehensive and pragmatic advice to any ethics/compliance question or quandary. Sarah is so quick and thorough with her responses, even with more complex or unusual issues. On top of this, LCS has such a friendly and approachable team. We really feel in safe hands navigating and managing the multitude of regulations and risks associated with operating a multi-service law firm with the support from LCS. I highly recommend LCS to any law firm, new or existing, even to those who think they don’t need additional compliance support!

Lauren Blake
Ethics and Compliance Manager, Lightfoots Solicitors

I would certainly recommend the services of Legal Compliance Services to any law firm who appreciates the sound guidance of those in the know. I came across the company earlier this year and from the initial telephone call I was put at ease and dealt with promptly. I received excellent bespoke advice from Sarah which saved me a huge amount of time and I was informed of the timescales and costs at the outset. Running a legal practice is not always easy but with the right guidance and assistance it certainly does not need to be difficult.

Elizabeth Dyson
Principal Solicitor, Keith Dyson Solicitors