Gartner Expert

Sarah Barrett-Vane

Director, Advisory

Advising clients on a variety of Legal and Compliance topics including:

- Legal function strategy, structure and metrics

- Legal function process and workload management

- Outside Counsel management

- Legal talent management

- Contracts management

- Legal service provider strategy

- Legal service provider assessment and selection

- Legal service provider relationship and performance management

- Legal technology strategy and implementation

- Legal technology analytics and decision-making

Previous experience

Sarah is a highly experienced UK-based legal operations and legal procurement leader. An IILPM qualified Legal Project Practitioner and Legal Process Improvement Professional. At Gartner, she focuses on advising General Counsel and Heads of Legal Operations.

Sarah worked as a lawyer for 13 years (law firm then in-house) before moving into legal procurement and contract management. Sarah joined Royal Mail's professional services procurement team before moving to work for the GC as Director of Legal Operations for 5 years. Her role included operational management of the legal team, process improvements, buying legal services and managing external providers.

She left to set up her own legal operations/procurement consulting business in 2018, advising various corporate legal teams on a range of projects including planning and executing legal panel reviews, implementing legal technology solutions and improving department performance - including organizational design and legal spend management.

She has published numerous articles and presented at various legal conferences/webinars over the years.

Professional background

SBV Consulting Ltd

Founder & Director

Royal Mail plc

Director of Legal Operations, formerly Procurement Manager Professional Services

Legal Aid Agency

Contract & Procurement Manager, formerly Contract & Procurement Lawyer

Areas of coverage

Legal and Compliance Technology Planning and Strategy

Legal Operations and Department Management

Legal Service Provider Management


Law LLB (Hons) - Nottingham Trent University, UK

Qualified solicitor

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Legal function strategy, structure & metrics; process & workload management

2Legal talent management

3Legal service provider strategy, assessment and selection; relationship and performance management

4Legal technology strategy and implementation

5Contracts management