Sarah Pearce

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Practice Areas

  • Digital Media and E-Commerce
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • Intellectual Property
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Licensing, Collaborations, Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances
EducationCollege of Law, Guildford (LPC); King's College London (LL.B.); Université Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne, Maîtrise
AdmittedParis; England and Wales

Sarah is a partner in our London office. Her primary focus is on information technology and communications, with experience acting on both the client and supplier side. She regularly advises on complex IT transactions and IT procurement and is a specialist on international outsourcing projects, acting for clients in both the common and civil law jurisdictions. Sarah is a regular contributor to cross-border knowledge databases, writing articles and giving external presentations on the subject, both in the UK and on the continent.

Sarah also advises a diverse range of clients on general commercial matters, including distribution and licensing arrangements, supply of goods/services, e-commerce projects and data protection/privacy issues.

· Sarah manages a number of outsourcing projects, usually with a global outlook and assists her clients from bidder selection (often during a competitive tender for the procurement of the required services) to contract negotiation and beyond, providing project management advice throughout implementation.

· Sarah has advised a large French transport and energy infrastructure company with the multi-sourcing of its IT services globally and recently completed a 5 month secondment to the company, where she advised on French and English law aspects of the company's various sourcing arrangements, often negotiating in both French and English languages.

· Sarah works with a large corporate and investment bank with regard to the standardisation of its various agreements (including software licence and maintenance agreements and agreements for its core payments systems) in order to produce one single standard for use within Europe, including harmonisation of commercial law principles applicable in both civil and common law jurisdictions.

· Sarah completed a year-long secondment to one of the world's largest internet companies and continues to advise the company and other similar multinational corporations on new media, advertising and data privacy issues as well as procurement matters.

· Sarah regularly provides commercial legal advice (English and French law) in the context of corporate transactions in a variety of sectors ranging from the proposed acquisition by a well-known international cosmetic company of a high-profile brand to the acquisition, of an energy company specialising in the provision of engineering and training services in the oil and gas sectors.

· Sarah also works with companies in the aviation sector regarding their commercial sale and supply agreements and last year completed a secondment to one of the world's largest multinational corporations operating in the aviation and defence sector.

Before Edwards Wildman

Before joining the firm, Sarah was Counsel within the International Commercial Group of Bird & Bird LLP, spending time in both the London and Paris offices.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Sarah lives by the motto of "work hard, play hard" and uses her love of yoga and travel (usually seeking sunshine) in an attempt to reach the ultimate balance.


Franco-British Chamber of Commerce

Computer Law Group

Le Web


Women's Forum for the Economy and Society


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The UK Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme Launched on 7 April 2014 - Will It have Any Impact on the Cyber-Security Landscape?
Jonny McDonald,Sarah Pearce, April 16, 2014
The Scheme (in its own words) “identifies the security controls that organisations must have in place within their IT system in order to have confidence that they are beginning to mitigate the risk from internet-based threats”. Moreover, “all organisations are free to implement it...

French Law Grants French Data Protection Authority New Powers to Conduct Remote Inspections Online
Jane Elphick,Sarah Pearce, April 8, 2014
A new French consumer law (No. 2014-344), passed on March 17, 2014 has granted the French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale de l’Information et des Libertés (CNIL)) the ability to conduct remote inspections online.

Talks on the Draft EU Data Protection Regulation Regain Momentum
Sarah Pearce,Kathryn Whitfield, March 18, 2014
On Wednesday 12 March 2014, European Parliament (Parliament) voted in plenary in favour of the European Commission’s draft EU Data Protection Regulation (the Regulation). The vote confirmed Parliament’s strong support of the decisions made previously at committee level by the Civil...

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