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Managing In-house Legal Services – the book

You are unlikely to find it on the bookstands at airports, but it is available from Thorogood Publishinghttp://www.thorogoodpublishing.co.uk/professional/details/managing-in-house-legal-services Now it is time to work on the guide for business people!

Tough times for heads of legal

I know a general counsel who believed, on the strength of discussions with his CEO, that the legal department would be immune from cuts being inflicted elsewhere in the organisation. Within a few weeks he had to tell his staff…

In the trenches

You would be forgiven for thinking that I had deserted this blog. One of the adages which bothers me is ‘Those who can, do; those who can’t teach’. I felt it was time that I showed, at least myself, that…

Open plan working for in-house lawyers

Some in-house lawyers (a minority I would say) enjoy working in an open plan environment, others hate it. I have come across legal departments who having been through the valley of open plan have succeeded in making the case to…

Sector silos for in-house lawyers?

There is no doubt that sector familiarity is something which every in-house lawyer needs to acquire. However it is a pity that so much weight seems to be placed on this by the recruiters. I believe that individuals and organisations…

IT packages for in-house departments

I am interested in charting the progress and experience of small to medium size in-house departments in using IT packages for matter management / work in progress / contract management. Not long ago there was very little available. Whilst a number of vendors…

Title abuse?

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…

Wish list for a head of legal?

A couple of months ago a head of legal told me that her employer was seeking to dissuade her from accepting a job with another employer and had asked her to propose what personal development programmes would secure her retention….