Sara George, a partner in Sidley’s London office and the firm’s lead Crisis Management and Strategic Response lawyer in Europe, has been named to The Lawyer Hot 100 2024. The annual list highlights the UK’s “most adventurous, most innovative and most dynamic” lawyers, barristers, and in-house counsel who will take a role “shaping the legal profession for many years to come.”
The Lawyer has highlighted Sara’s experience in international criminal and human rights investigations, and experience pioneering “corporate investigations in countries with no history of this, such as in the Horn of Africa.” The Lawyer has noted Sara’s role leading an investigation for dōTERRA into allegations that aspects of its third-party supply chain in Somaliland may have developed substandard working conditions.
Sara is a former prosecutor for the Financial Services Authority (FSA), and brought the first criminal prosecution by the FSA against a director for misleading the market (Regina v. Rigby and Bailey), the first Listing Rule contravention, numerous market abuse cases, and refusals of authorization. She has extensive experience representing corporations in crisis situations and in matters involving allegations of criminal misconduct, including market abuse, insider dealing, money laundering, cybersecurity breaches, fraud, corruption, and bribery.