LLB (Hons), BSC
I am an astute and pragmatic commercial and corporate lawyer with in-house experience across range of industries including banking, IT and telecommunications, logistics and high performance sport. I've also held leadership roles outside of the law, including leading a global team and international high performance (sporting) programme.
I place emphasis on understanding the context and industry of those I'm supporting. I enjoy developing new relationships and understanding team dynamics. I pride myself on providing timely professional advice that is tailored to the circumstances and solutions-focused.
Silver Fern Farms Limited, NZ Post, High Performance Sport NZ, Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Cello
Equestrian Sports New Zealand | High Performance Director
Alcatel-Lucent | Legal and Contract Management
Gen-I | Senior Commercial Advisor
Lloyds TSB Bank plc | Legal Adviser - IT & Operations Legal
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts | Solicitor
Brookers Legal Publishing | Case Summariser
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts | Summer Clerk
Areas of expertise
- IT, Telecommunications, Technology & Operations
- Contract and commercial law
- Leadership and management
- Strategy and planning
- High performance sport
Eventing Wairarapa (Inc) committee member since 2018: Current Chair, former Vice President and Secretary.
Former Event Riders Association (NZ): Founding Member
Sarah was an exceptional fit for our team. She joined us to backfill the role of a member of the team who was working fulltime on a strategic project. We frequently had to remind ourselves that, sadly, Sarah wasn't a permanent member of the team. When her contract ended (after many extensions), I had colleagues across the business come to me aghast that I hadn't managed to keep her with us forever! Sarah brought a pragmatic, solutions-based approach to her work. Her experience advising on large, complex IT contracts was invaluable. Sarah's work was always of exceptional quality, delivered in a timely and easy-going manner. She is extremely astute and can spot those issues that need a broader conversation, and those which require a more low-key, risk-based response. She was "one of us" through the vicissitudes of Covid lockdowns and beyond.
Head of Legal, NZ Post
Sarah joined our team remotely and I really appreciate the work that she put in to support us at a very busy time. She worked well independently, in what was difficult circumstances to operate in. She was able to ease the pressure which was brilliant.
Manager Legal Services, Fisher & Paykel
Sarah has a friendly, approachable style and was quickly able to develop strong relationships across the organisation. She's hard-working, practical and efficient, which has made her a hugely valued and respected asset on the legal team. She's interested and engages well across all areas of the organisation, which helps to deepen her understanding of our context - but she's also able to step back and highlight opportunities to streamline and simplify processes and documentation. She's a trusted sounding board and just an all-round gem.
General Counsel, High Performance Sport NZ