General Counsel

Sarah Cardell


Sarah Cardell was appointed as General Counsel at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on 11 September 2013. As a member of the senior executive team and an important adviser to the board, Sarah leads in the provision of legal advice across the CMA’s functions.

Previous career highlights include:

  • Legal Partner of the Markets Division at Ofgem, where her responsibilities included leading on competition law matters
  • Partner in the Competition Group at Slaughter and May, where she advised across a wide range of EU and UK merger and antitrust cases
  • working on secondment at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT)

General Counsel

The General Counsel at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is responsible for:

  • providing strong, visible leadership across the organisation
  • ensuring that the CMA’s legal work is of high quality consistently
  • providing guidance on the most important cases and acting as a strong advocate for competition, building relationships across the legal sector in the UK and internationally


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  1. Reflections on the past; ambitions for the future

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  2. Sarah Cardell speaks about the CMA’s enforcement priorities and approach

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