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Sally-Ann James


Sally-Ann is General Counsel for Railpen.

Sally-Ann started her career in matrimonial and criminal Law in Northampton and  moved to Manches & Co in 1989 to join the Corporate team and spent 4 years on corporate transactional and commercial work.

Sally-Ann then joined The Co-operative Bank in 1993 as a Commercial Solicitor, becoming Senior Commercial Solicitor, then Head of Banking Commercial and finally Head of Banking Contract & Commercial for the then merged financial services business, Co-operative Financial Services.

She was the first lawyer to join Metro Bank, as Sole Counsel, in February 2012 and was promoted to General Counsel in 2014. She was responsible for a team of 7, including the Company Secretarial function.

Awards and nominations include:

  • Runner up In-House Lawyer of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2016,
  • Winner of the Banking In-house individual of the year at The Legal 500 UK Awards 2017,
  • Recognised in The Lawyer Hot 100 2017.