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General Counsel in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

Edited by: Christoph H. Vaagt, Wolf Peter Gros

ISBN13: 9781909416772
Published: September 2015
Publisher: Globe Law and Business
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £128.00

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The function of the general counsel - and in wider terms, the legal in-house department - has undergone a remarkable change in recent years.

Law as such is now understood as a valuable resource, not just as a limit on commercial activities, by businesses around the world. As a result, the way that the legal function is managed is coming under heightened scrutiny from the world of management.

This unique new handbook, produced in association with the International Bar Association, includes chapters by leading experts on a diverse range of topics, explaining how legal departments can best support the businesses they serve, devise astute legal strategies, collaborate with other departments to optimum effect and source the skill sets they need, among other things. The consulting editors, Chris Vaagt and Wolf Peter Gross, have both been advisers to legal departments since 1997.

The handbook has been compiled to reflect current changes and anticipate what may happen in the future. Readers - whether in-house counsel or private practitioners - will learn new and perhaps surprising lessons about the drivers for change in the traditional world of the business of law.

Legal Practice Management
Table of contents
Part I. Introduction
New challenges and opportunities for the general counsel in the 21st Century

Part II. Strategy
Integrating law and strategy: the value of legal astuteness
Strategy and the leveraging of legal resources
Case study: the difference between doing some legal work and adding value
Managing legal risk: A bridge too far for lawyers?

Part III. Leadership
Expanding roles for general counsel: new competencies needed for the 21st Century
General counsel as innovation agents
Lawyers at the revolution
Proactive resource management: a personal learning journey
General counsel – leaders in the legal arena

Part IV. Organisation
Managing workloads into the future
Legal standard setters
The legal disruption dilemma: A case study on new service
How IT can support managing law in organisations
Compliance in the area of data management