UCL Faculty of Laws


Sarah de Gay, General Counsel at Slaughter and May, appointed Visiting Professor at UCL Laws

29 June 2020

As Visiting Professor, Sarah de Gay will undertake duties including teaching and contributing to research on lawyers’ ethics.

Sarah de Gay

UCL Laws is delighted to announce that Sarah de Gay, General Counsel of international law firm Slaughter and May, has joined UCL Faculty of Laws as Visiting Professor.

The title of Visiting Professorship is conferred upon distinguished individuals from the field of law, or academic and research institutions, and appointees have the equivalent academic standing to that of Professor at UCL. The appointment is made by the Provost on the recommendation of the relevant Head of Department or Institute.

Sarah established Slaughter and May’s Compliance department in 2008 and became its first General Counsel in 2015. Sarah is a solicitor, qualified in England and Wales, and practised as an M&A lawyer before moving into a law firm management role.

Sarah is co-author of The In-Houser, Slaughter and May’s publication which translates the professional rules of the Solicitors Regulation Authority for in-house lawyers, and regularly speaks to clients on that topic and on other ethics-related matters. 

She is a Junior Warden of the City of London Solicitors’ Company and a Member of the Editorial Board of Cordery on Legal Services. In 2015, Sarah was given the Chief Compliance Officer of the Year award by Women in Compliance.

Commenting on her appointment, Sarah said:

“UCL’s Faculty of Laws has been an important voice on the ethics of lawyers over the last few years and I am excited to have the opportunity of contributing to this vital work going forward, through a mix of research and teaching. It’s a cliché, of course, to say that values have never mattered more to the profession - but as we cope globally with several crises simultaneously, I strongly believe this to be the case.”