HMRC lawyer scoops legal chief role at BERR

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) tax law director Rachel Sandby-Thomas has been appointed the solicitor and director general of Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR).

Sandby-Thomas, who will start on 31 March, takes over the role from Anthony Inglese who is leaving BERR for a new role at HMRC.

Sir Brian Bender, BERR’s permanent secretary, said Sandby-Thomas will build on the legal service within his department.

“Rachel brings considerable experience, particularly in EU and public law,” said Bender. “She joins at an exciting time, as the Department continues to build its reputation as an effective voice for business at the heart of Whitehall.”

Sandby-Thomas, who was appointed following a civil service-wide competition, will lead a team of 220 people including more than 100 lawyers.

The new solicitor and director general started her career as a trainee at Linklaters, qualifying in 1989. While at the magic circle firm, Sandby-Thomas was involved in redrafting the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Listing Rules.

She joined the Government Legal Service in 1993 working in several departments involved the Treasury, Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Health.