My heart sinks when I see a recruiter advertising a wonderful opportunity for a relatively inexperienced (used to be 2 -4 years PQE) lawyer to be General Counsel of a fast moving, fast growing company. General Counsel or General Dogsbody to deal with the stuff which the fast movers do not want to do themselves nor pay outside lawyers to do? I’m sure that there are exceptions, but I have met quite a number of successful appointees who are at the end of their tethers – expected to be expert in all areas and no internal support. Character forming, but not great.
I also have some misgivings about multiple general counsel titles in the one organisation.
All in-house counsel should aspire to make the same contribution as general counsel – sound legal advice and persuasive business acumen – but is title abuse a good idea?