One minute with Sarah Garvey, PSL Counsel and Head of Litigation Know How and Training at Allen & Overy

One minute with Sarah Garvey, PSL Counsel and Head of Litigation Know How and Training at Allen & Overy

Sarah is PSL Counsel and Head of Litigation Know How and Training at Allen & Overy LLP. Sarah is also editor of Chapter 5 ‘Forum’, in Division F, International Banking Operations in the Butterworths Encyclopaedia of Banking Law.

Having qualified as abarrister Sarah joined the  Litigation department at Allen & Overy LLP. Sarah has worked on awide range of commercial matters, including banking disputes, complex cross border fraud actions, disputes arising out of the sale and purchase of  companies, oil and gas disputes and  shareholder disputes.

Sarah heads up the Litigation PSL team at Allen & Overy and in this role is responsible for training and Know How. Sarah has particular interest in conflict of laws and speaks regularly on topics such as governing law, jurisdiction, immunity and arbitration, and is Secretary to Allen & Overy’s Global Legal Opinions Committee. Sarah edits the Forum Chapter of Butterworths Encyclopaedia of Banking. Sarah is amember of the Law Society’s EU Committee and sits on the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law.

You started your career as abarrister, before joining the  Litigation team at Allen & Overy LLP.  What made you decide to  pursue acareer in law?

I read History at University, and then did alaw conversion course. As I recall, I was interested in getting ajob with intellectual challenge. I do think though that life as aHistorian must be wonderful.

Who in the profession do you admire and why?

Lady Justice Gloster. She is ahighly regarded senior female judge with an impressive understanding of financial instruments and the financial markets.

What’s been the biggest change you’ve witnessed in the law during your career?

Probably the increasingly global nature of disputes. At A&O almost all the matters we work on (whether in transactional departments or in the Litigation department) are international in the sense that one or more of

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About the author:

Meet Kate:

1. Banking & finance lawyer with experience in syndicated lending and project finance in London, Paris and Sydney

2. Likes yoga, DIY (although the output doesn’t generally reflect the input) and sunny climes

3. Thinks the law is very unlike how LA Law made it look

Kate is a solicitor specialising in banking and finance with particular emphasis on syndicated lending and project finance. She has acted for both borrowers and lenders on a wide range of finance transactions, often involving multiple jurisdictions.

Kate trained and qualified in the Debt and Derivative Securities team at Allen & Overy LLP. She later joined the Banking and Finance team at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) in Sydney. Most recently, she was in the Projects and Infrastructure team at Norton Rose LLP before joining LexisNexis. Kate is dual-qualified in England and Wales and New South Wales, Australia.