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Sally S

Partner | Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Profile Highlights:

  • Named as one of 35 leading business women under the age of 35 in the UK in 2015 by Management Today
  • First in family to go to university
  • Made Partner at Kirkland & Ellis at 33
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I came from a state school and won a place to read law at Oxford University. I trained with Freshfields and qualified as a competition lawyer in their Brussels office in 2008. I returned to London to work for Linklaters in 2010 and during my time there I worked in Beijing for six months. I joined Kirkland & Ellis as a Partner in 2016 at the age of 33.

As a competition lawyer I represent clients in front of competition authorities such as the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority. I lead merger review processes on global transactions and I also defend clients involved in cartel investigations. I represent corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms on complex and challenging cases.

Competition law is a fascinating subject and I enjoy learning about the economics of many different industries as part of my job. I also enjoy the international nature of my work, I liaise with lawyers all around the world on a daily basis.

My path into the legal profession was not a traditional one, I am a farmer’s daughter from East Yorkshire and I was the first in my family to go to university. I have had some great mentors during my career and I would be pleased to offer guidance to aspiring solicitors as part of this programme.

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