Leaders in Law Lecture: Rachel Sandby-Thomas

Leaders in Law Lecture Series

In Conversation with Rachel Sandby-Thomas,

Director General for Enterprise and Skills, and Legal Services, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Rachel's career journey began as solicitor with city firm Linklaters. She joined the Government Legal Services in 1993 and has worked in a number of departments including: HM Treasury; Cabinet Office; Attorney General's Office; and the Medicines, Healthcare and Regulatory Products Agency. Rachel was a Director in the Legal Services Group of the DTI before moving to head up the advisory lawyers at HM Revenue and Customs, followed by a role as DG for Legal, People and Communications.

As Director General for Enterprise and Skills, Rachel's responsibilities cover the Government's interests in areas including small business, apprenticeships and further education. She is also responsible for the Better Regulation Executive and Better Regulation Delivery Office. Rachel is also Head of Legal in BIS and oversees the legal team who advise on BIS's responsibilities, and investigate and prosecute criminal breaches of the corporate and insolvency regimes.

Here, Rachel talks to Professor Bob Lee, the new CEPLER Director, about the challenges and rewards of a career as a top government lawyer.

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