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Eversheds Sutherland hires UK Government Legal Department lawyer

  • Global
  • United Kingdom

    20-01-2022

    Nicolette Sanders joins the firm’s Governments & Infrastructure team

    Eversheds Sutherland (International) announces the key strategic hire of Nicolette Sanders as Legal Director, who joins the firm from the UK Government Legal Department (GLD), where she was most recently a Senior Civil Servant in the Cabinet Office Legal Advisers team as a Deputy Director since 2017.

    Nicolette’s hire follows Eversheds Sutherland’s recent announcement of its appointment as a key strategic advisor to the UK Government for Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Legal Services Panel on Lot 2, Finance and Complex Legal Services.

    She brings to the firm a unique skillset, combining significant knowledge, leadership and advisory skills of working with the UK Government on issues of national significance. Her remit at the Cabinet Office included advising the full range of business units on a broad and stretching spectrum of legal issues.

    Nicolette’s 16-year government career also included leading the Government Legal Department’s work on EU Exit “No Deal” planning and playing a key role in coordinating Covid-19-related legal issues across the GLD.

    Mukhtiar Tanda, Partner and Head of Governments & Infrastructure comments:

    “As a highly experienced legal practitioner, with an unrivalled depth of government experience, Nicolette joins the firm at a pivotal time. Her astute and commercial advice, combined with her experience of advising government officials, Ministers and Secretaries of State on sensitive and complex legal issues, will complement and support our teams when advising on high profile and strategically important government projects. The firm is poised to scale up its ambitions to advise the Government on its finance and complex legal services mandates through CCS Legal Services Panel on Lot 2, and we are delighted that such a talented and experienced lawyer is joining our team at this key time. We, and our clients, look forward to working closely with Nicolette over the coming years.”

    Nicolette Sanders, Legal Director comments:

    “I am delighted to join Eversheds Sutherland to work closely with Mukhtiar, his team, and the firm’s global client base. As a firm with a growing Government practice, a heavy hitting and exciting international client base, and a supportive and inclusive culture, I’m keen to use my experience and skills to make the most of these really exciting opportunities at this stage of my career.”

    Prior to joining the Cabinet Office, Nicolette’s experience across government included leading legal roles with the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Department of Communities and Local Government, providing legal advice on a wide range of social issues, developing primary and secondary legislation and advising on litigation. Nicolette trained and qualified as a solicitor at Jones Day where she specialised in general commercial litigation matters.

    This information is for guidance purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.

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