Corporate Law Department Management

Corporate Law Department Management explores the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for senior in-house lawyers. It is essential reading for anyone looking to improve departmental efficiencies and deliver cost effective legal service.

This unique report outlines the key issues affecting law department management: managing and measuring external and internal counsel, outsourcing and offshoring, e-discovery, pricing and fees, costs, legal risk, governance, compliance and more.

Corporate Law Department Management is structured in three parts.

Part I consists of six chapters:

  • The rise of corporate counsel (introduction)
  • The in-house department structure
  • Managing the in-house legal team
  • Managing the external counsel relationship
  • Risk management
  • Leadership (summary)

Case studies and interviews with:

Liz Kelly, general counsel at Nationwide Building Society; Daniela Baker, head of legal at Honda Motor Europe; Eversheds Consulting; Richard Wiseman, chief ethics and compliance officer, Royal Dutch Shell; David Blanco, legal counsel Asia Pacific, Bayer; Jon Olson, vice president and general counsel, Blackbaud; Bruce Macmillan, general counsel at the Legal Services Board; Robert Cummins, assistant general counsel at Intelsat; Richard Tapp, company secretary and director of legal services, Carillion; Scott Gibson, partner, Edwards Gibson; Jeffrey Carr, general counsel, FMC Technologies; John Downing, head of group legal, Imperial Tobacco Group; Glen Silverstein, partner, Leader & Berkon; Ian Leedham, senior counsel, (commercial) National Grid; Melanie Hatton, in-house lawyer and blogger; and Humphrey M. Tomlinson, Group Legal Director, RSA Insurance Group (formerly Royal & Sun Alliance).

Part II features the Global Law Department Benchmarks study, conducted by General Counsel Metrics (GCM). The study presents a new approach to law department performance benchmarks. It provides metrics that are relevant not only to general counsel but also to law firm partners.

Part III concludes with the full results of two Corporate Counsel Research surveys: ‘What’s Hot?’ and ‘Alternative Fee Arrangements’.

Caroline Poynton





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Corporate Law Department Management - A Practical Guide

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