Ruth Sweetman

Ruth Sweetman

HQ Team
Areas of expertise:
General Counsel for the business, working with HQ, the board and our lawyer community.

What do you focus on

As Halebury’s General Counsel, I work closely with the back office team and the board on all legal and legal process matters as with as the lawyer community on their client matters.

Tell us about your professional background

I have worked and lived in Australia, Hong Kong, USA, Italy and England. I qualified in three jurisdictions, focusing on IP, technology, media and data before becoming a commercial lawyer. I worked in private practice with Baker McKenzie and as a partner with Dentons before I moved in-house as Assistant General Counsel, Europe with a US based global media entity. Over the course of 16 years, I held senior regional in-house roles and managed legal teams at companies that were both globally listed and national. I then took a step into direct business roles, an operational role in a law firm and a sales role in a globally listed satellite operator where I headed up their SE Asia division. These roles gave me all-round perspective in the business areas of sales management, law firm management and business consulting.

Tell us a bit about your working style and other interests 

After years in-house in cross-functional business roles, my approach is to be responsive and solutions driven but also “right-sizing” risk awareness. Outside the office, I also inhabit another life on an island in the sun which is a wildlife sanctuary to loud colourful birds with attitude.

Halebury features in this year’s edition of the Legal 500 for IT / Telecoms and Sport. For IT and Telecoms, the NewLaw firm is ranked in Tier 3. Commentary reads: Halebury’s ‘brilliant’ team includes lawyers with significant in house experience across IT and telecoms sectors and is led by the ‘responsive’ Denise Nurse and Janvi […]
31 October 2018
Halebury has contributed to Juro’s new eBook on legal operations. The book is authored by 14 legal innovators who reflect on their experiences of making the various competencies of legal operations work for their legal team, and for their business. Halebury CEO Denise Nurse contributes on the chapter on vendor management. You can download the […]
16 October 2018

After years in-house in cross-functional business roles, my approach is to be responsive and solutions driven but also “right-sizing” risk awareness.

Ruth Sweetman