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Winter 2016

A Tangled Web - Innovation, IP and Patent Trolls

Winter 2016

Alex Speirs, Editor and features writer

Intellectual property law has for centuries formed the basis of a system designed to protect invention and promote innovation. But a rise in abusive, oftentimes frivolous, litigation is prompting a rethink of patent law – with the United States front and centre as potential reform looms.

 

 

Dissenting Perspectives

Winter 2016

Catherine McGregor, Editor-in-chief

In September, GC began its latest series of Dissenting Perspectives events, once again held in tandem with RPC. The series aims to take a different angle in considering the role and challenges faced by modern GCs and senior in-house lawyers. For this session we were considering how in-house lawyers can navigate one of the most ubiquitous and tricky concepts of the 21st century – personal brand.

 

 

Pioneering not preservation

Winter 2016

Michael Fahey, Former general counsel, Upside Travel Company

In a guest editorial for GC Magazine, Michael Fahey makes the case for why the modern general counsel should not shy away from risk – but rather embrace it to produce optimal outcomes for their business.

 

 

Only Connect: Herminia Ibarra on leadership, collaboration and the future organisation

Winter 2016

Catherine McGregor, Editor-in-chief

In the Autumn issue of GC Magazine, our feature Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader considered the work of INSEAD professor Herminia Ibarra – reflecting on leadership in relation to the experiences of general counsel. In this follow up, we speak to Professor Ibarra for her views on how leadership and the GC role intersect.

 

 

Inclusive Growth

Winter 2016

Catherine McGregor, Editor-in-chief

Mastercard’s general counsel Tim Murphy is in the unusual position of having not just overall responsibility for the legal function, but for diversity and inclusion across the company. Murphy sat down with GC to discuss a global diversity agenda and the unique role of lawyers in pushing progress.

 

 

In-House Life: John Harrison, Airbus

Winter 2016

Alex Speirs, Editor and features writer

Leading the legal function for French headquartered Airbus, group general counsel John Harrison sits down with GC to discuss the intricacies involved with cross-border defence work and the unique challenges inherent for a company with an order book topping €900 billion.

 

 

Leading the Law Department: Hire the Best

Winter 2016

Ben Heineman, Former vice president and general counsel, GE

Ben Heineman was GE’s senior vice president-general counsel from 1987-2003 and then GE’s senior vice president for law and public affairs from 2004 until his retirement at the end of 2005. In this exclusive excerpt from his new book, The Inside Counsel Revolution: Resolving the Partner-Guardian Tension (Ankerwycke, April, 2016), he distils his own philosophy for transformational hiring and getting the most from your personnel.

 

 

Change is Imminent

Winter 2016

Catherine McGregor, Editor-in-chief

Barclays has been in the midst of a two-year programme of change, focused on introducing transparency to the legal function regarding its costs and commercial performance for the business. GC caught up with general counsel Bob Hoyt’s chief of staff, Alison Gaskins, at the bank’s headquarters in London to learn how this process has played out and where to from here.

 

 

Myths and Millennials - separating buzzword from bunk

Winter 2016

Alex Novarese and Jaishree Kalia, Legal Business

The legal profession is increasingly obsessed with the challenge of engaging Millennial lawyers. But just who are they and why is finding a way to effectively harness their talents essential to the future of the legal profession?

 

 

GC Powerlist: Ireland Teams

Winter 2016

Catherine McGregor, Editor-in-chief

The recent launch of the GC Powerlist: Ireland Teams, hosted in association with McCann FitzGerald in Dublin, was attended by a host of companies operating across the country including Ulster Bank, Facebook, EY, An Post and Ryanair.

 

 

Client Intelligence Report

Winter 2016

Dominic Williams, Head of Research, Client Intelligence Unit

The Legal 500’s 2016 Client Intelligence Report is a comprehensive investigation into the global legal market, looking at both the in-house and private practice market. The 2016 report contains feedback from 9,096 unique respondents, making the report the largest legal survey in the world.

 

 

GC Roundtable – Business Leader/Business Partner/Lawyer?

Winter 2016

Alex Speirs, Editor and features writer

In partnership with Carlyle Kingswood Global, GC Magazine brought together leading in-house counsel from across London to discuss the evolving role of the general counsel and the skillset required to lead the legal function of a modern business.

 

 

Shifting Gears – Maintaining Relevance through Revolution

Winter 2016

Jeff Carr, Former general counsel, FMC Technologies

In his first column for GC Magazine, former FMC Technologies general counsel Jeff Carr reflects on a life spent in legal, as well as what he sees are the structural challenges for the industry apparent on the horizon.

 

 

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