Zoee Bradley, a pharma GC and compliance officer, provides some good advice for building your GC presence. Among her strategies are some old chestnuts, such as being your authentic self and investing in your development. But a few others are less shopworn and potentially impactful, including a smart take on the GC as “safe refuge.” “Confidentiality and privilege are the cornerstones of any lawyer’s practice, but an impactful GC does more than maintaining confidentiality and privilege,” she writes. “They act as a safe refuge for all within the company, especially their leadership team.” At the same time, it takes care and work to establish such a safe space. “By setting clear boundaries and expectations, and strictly maintaining confidence, you will position yourself as a trusted GC,” she writes. “They will know not only to call on you when the crisis happens, but when they see a crisis form.” Check out the latest edition of ACC Docket here.
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This piece from FT confronts head-on the well-worn notion that law departments slow down business progress. Thomas Laubert, group general counsel of Daimler, the German carmaker, says the depiction of legal departments as bottlenecks holding back the rest of the business is an outdated cliché. “In-house counsel is the one that is [pushing] and has to push digital innovation,” he told FT. While it is still common for business heads to complain that a project or contract has been “stuck in legal,” many general counsel believe this notion of in-house teams always blocking progress is unfair.
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Thomson Reuters, drawing from its recently released 2021 State of Corporate Law Departments Report, says forward-thinking in-house leaders are poised to accelerate value optimization by continuing to invest in the “technology, processes and smart resourcing” the pandemic’s disruption forced upon them. “Through unprecedented disruption, crisis management and immediate shifts to new ways of working, critical gaps and shortcomings within departments were revealed and many corrected through the implementation of new processes and technologies,” says Lisa Hart Shepherd, VP of Research & Advisory Services for Thomson Reuters. “Law department leaders who quickly realized traditional methods of work could evolve and still meet department goals were able to pivot faster and more successfully during this year of unexpected challenges.” Download the complete free report here.
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The newly released survey report, “Legal Pricing & Project Management,” was 13 years in the making, according to David Cambria, former corporate ops leader at Archer Daniels Midland, who now hangs his hat on the other side of the fence at megafirm Baker McKenzie. From that vantage, Cambria says he increasingly saw law firms deploying the same disciplines and capabilities as legal ops professionals.
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