Three relationships are fundamental in an organisation. Those between: the chief executive officer and the chair; the CEO and the chief financial officer; and the CEO and general counsel. Never has this final relationship been so important, as the world in which we live and work evolves so rapidly and becomes ever more closely integrated. A successful working relationship can be fundamental to a successful business. An ineffective relationship can place the business in jeopardy, so it is vital to make it work.
The demands of modern business are more complex than ever. As a result, many of the key roles in an organisation have changed significantly in recent years. Of them all, though, that of general counsel is perhaps one of the most complex – and one that has been transformed as the world has changed.