Clarion recruits Sarah Taylor to lead new regulatory team

Sarah Taylor has joined Clarion as partner to lead the firm’s new regulatory practice.

Taylor has 20 years of experience as a regulatory lawyer, having spent the last 10 as a legal director at Pinsent Masons. She will be supported by Lucy Alderson, who has joined the team as an associate.

Matthew Hattersley, partner and head of Clarion’s commercial practice, commented: “While this is a new service line for Clarion, it is very much a natural extension of our commercial offering to businesses in the region by supporting them with any regulatory challenges they may face.”

“With her extensive experience and knowledge in this specialist area of law, Sarah is the ideal person to lead our new offering and we are very pleased that she has chosen to progress her career with Clarion.”

“Sarah has particular strength advising on issues in the health and safety, food, retail and crisis management spheres, and a proven track record of working with leading UK businesses on criminal prosecutions and compliance. The launch of this new specialist practice is already being welcomed by our clients as it will help protect them from regulatory enforcement.”

Taylor added: “I really enjoy working with clients to protect their interests in the face of enforcement action. They work hard to build a compliance agenda and a strong brand, and I enjoy helping them to deal with challenges from regulators.”

“I’m excited by the opportunity to head up a brand new practice area for Clarion and to build on the firm’s strong reputation for client service and commercial advice. I am looking forward to what we can achieve together.”

Taylor’s practice spans health and safety, food safety and trading law, and advertising and marketing. She is able to support businesses and directors with fatal and serious accidents in the workplace, unsafe food, unhygienic food premises, food labelling, date coding, pricing and consumer protection.

She also has experience of advising clients in the retail and food and drink sectors. She has Higher Rights of Audience in the criminal courts and appears regularly in the Magistrates’ Courts and at coroners’ inquests.

Taylor’s non-contentious practice includes training directors and senior managers on regulatory compliance and evaluating systems and procedures in terms of due diligence.

Pictured: Sarah Taylor and Lucy Alderson of Clarion’s new regulatory practice with Matthew Hattersley, partner and head of the firm’s commercial practice