Lesley Wan gave the keynote address of day one of the conference, on how in-house counsel can unleash their strategic potential. She outlines a number of trailblazing initiatives she has delivered over her career to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone.
Keith Ruddock argues that companies - and their legal teams - need to understand that societal and community issues are as important as technical, legal, economic or enginerring issues. These can be vital to reputation management in a crisis.
Managing a team of in-house lawyers presents all kinds of nuanced challenges. Amanda Gill, director at Deutsche Bank, provides five tips that any manager, from the novice to the seasoned veteran, should follow.
Katrina Robinson MBE’s legal services team at housing association Optivo won the Law Society’s Excellence In-house Award 2017 for their unique and direct approach to working with tenants suffering from anti-social behaviour. In an interview conducted shortly before she left the business, she explains how their personal service for their tenants is reaping rewards.
US firm HP caused a stir last year when it announced that it would withhold up to ten per cent of costs invoiced by their external law firms if they do not meet minimum diversity requirements. While we haven’t seen anything so drastic over here yet, Diana Bentley explores how in-house teams are raising their expectations of their law firms and driving through real change.
Ciarán Fenton says it’s time to redefine the role and purpose of the legal function to reflect the relationship between in-house lawyers and their business leaders.
Youth fashion brand Missguided is a force to be reckoned with, with profits soaring, expansion into the USA and the launch of its flagship store in London. We speak to Bhavisha Mistry about how she became Missguided’s first general counsel, why staying on brand is vital in everything her team does, and how she uses Rihanna and Kim Kardashian to explain IP rights to staff.
Ciarán Fenton explains why in-house counsel teams are missing an opportunity around ethics.
Once dubbed the ‘business prevention unit’, in-house legal departments are now striving to become effective business partners in their organisations. Diana Bentley find outs from several GC how they are enhancing their profiles with their business colleagues.
What does a chief executive seek from their general counsel? Hays plc’s CEO Alistair Cox wants a confidante and critical friend.