Sophie Schwass

Head of Legal Operations, Lloyds Banking Group


Sophie is passionate about inspiring transformation through impactful leadership. She drives the strategic agenda and leads the team managing operations of the legal function and at LBG (which includes a number of household brands: Lloyds Bank; Halifax; Bank of Scotland; Scottish Widows; Black Horse; LEX Autolease; MBNA and others). Sophie coaches and mentors executives across various parts of the organisations she works with.


Prior to joining Lloyds, she held several roles over 10 years at Barclays including: Chief of Staff to a legal team of 300+ colleagues in 17 countries; and Head of Legal for Europe Retail and Business Banking – advising the Executive Committee and leading the legal teams in Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and Russia. Sophie spent her early career in Private Practice in New Zealand as a litigator before working on international expansion projects in Asia and Continental Europe.