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The Future of the In-house Lawyer


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25 April 2016

Law Society Publishing


297 x 210 mm
128 pages

The Future of the In-house Lawyer
The General Counsel Revolution

General Editor: Richard Tapp


This special report offers a collection of essays by in-house counsel from a variety of different types of organisations. It will be of interest to all in-house lawyers, regardless of where they work or their role within their organisation.

Foreword by Rick Haythornthwaite, chairman, Centrica plc and preface by Catherine Dixon, former chief executive of the Law Society.

The range of topics covered is diverse and includes:

  • Strategy and change in organisations
  • Supporting the businesses GC's serve
  • Legal and ethical challenges
  • Managing change and transition
  • The future of the legal market for in-house roles
  • Sourcing the skills GCs need.

The articles have been written by a variety of leaders in the field including:

  • Top 100 companies
  • Banking
  • Retail
  • Local government
  • Large charities
  • Universities.

This report adds to a growing portfolio of information published by the Law Society for the in-house market.


1.The general counsel revolution, Richard Tapp, Carillion plc;
2. The future legal market and the role of in-house lawyers, Professor Stephen Mayson, UCL;
3. The revolution in legal (re)sourcing, Robin Saphra, Colt Group SA;
4. Legal risk: some ethical challenges, Professor Richard Moorhead, UCL and Stephen Vaughan, University of Birmingham;
5. Shaping the organisation – the general counsel's role, Rosemary Martin, Vodafone plc;
6. The in-house team – the need to run faster, Donny Ching, Royal Dutch Shell PLC;
7. The general counsel in the regulated company, Suzanne Wise, Network Rail;
8. Leadership beyond the law, Deepak Malhotra;
9. The role of the general counsel – the view from a law firm, Chris Saul and William Underhill, Slaughter and May,
10. The in-house lawyer and systems – quality, technology and more, Bruce MacMillian, Legal Practice Technologies;
11. The general counsel in local government, David Tatlow, Birmingham City Council;
12. The general counsel in a large financial institution, Kate Cheetham, Lloyds Banking Group plc;
13. The new general counsel, Andrew Lewis, IGC plc;
14. The changing role of in-house counsel, Maaike de Bie, Royal Mail Group plc;
15. The general counsel in a global charity, Joss Saunders, Oxfam;
16. The chief executive's view of the GC, Alistair Cox, Chief Executive, Hays plc;
17. Innovation and the general counsel, Reena Sengupta, RSG Consulting;
18. Crisis and the legal department, Stathis Mihos, Pfizer Hellas SA;
19. Stepping out or up? How to make a successful transition, Sally Woodward, Sherwood Consulting; further reading and contacts.

About the General Editor

Richard Tapp is a chartered secretary and a solicitor. He has worked at the National Coal Board, Imperial Foods, Blue Circle industries plc and is now director of Legal Services at Carillion plc.

Foreword by Rick Haythornthwaite, chairman, Centrica plc and preface by Catherine Dixon, chief executive of the Law Society.