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It is more common in the U.S for a GC to transition into the CEO role. It is less common in the U.K. That needs changing. Most lawyers transition from private practice to in-house roles because of a desire to be “closer to the business” and to incorporate commercial decision making into their work. So, it is very likely that many will aspire to executive business roles, if not the top role of CEO. On paper, in-house counsel, especially General Counsel, are well placed to take on the top job. Their skills include: boardroom experience, an exceptional understanding of business risk, a sense of organisational justice and doing business with integrity, being a source of confidence, inspiring trust among stakeholders...

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In-House Counsel Being Shaped from the Outside

In-house counsel, especially those in leadership positions, are facing external pressures that are shaping their roles. They are generally perceived to be more agile personalities then their private practice counterparts and so in theory should be better suited to absorb these pressures. So where are these pressures coming from? 🌎 New Markets  Businesses chase scale.  That scale is normally found by opening up new markets around the world.  This means that businesses are becoming more dispersed in terms of operations. This places increased pressures on in-house legal teams to grapple and deal with the legal differences, the complexity of the regulatory landscape and managing risk associated with these new markets. This even before the physical challenge of creating and managing...

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Pandemic Prolongs Working Hours

Have you been working longer days from home during the pandemic? More meetings?  Sending more email?  Sound like you? You are not alone! A recent study by academics from Harvard Business School and New York University found that many of us have been doing just that. The study: Collaborating During Coronavirus: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Nature of Work looked at the data of 3.1 million people at more than 21,000 companies across 16 cities in North America, Europe and the Middle East who were working from home during the pandemic.   Some Key Findings →   ▶️ Working Days have been 8% Longer   ▶️ Number of Meetings has increased by 13%   ▶️ 8% Increase in Sending Emails Out of Hours...

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