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The Legal 500 and GC Magazine are hosting an innovative event for Norwegian senior in house lawyers in Oslo on 23 May hosted by our sponsor Haavind at their offices in Bygdøy allé 2, 0257 Oslo.

Trailblazers offers in house lawyers the opportunity to consider, in the company of their peers, the big questions.

'The general counsel as legal CEO - structuring your team in a time of disruption'
Bjarne Tellmann, General Counsel Pearson

Bjarne Tellmann’s new book Building an Outstanding Legal Team: Battle-Tested Strategies from a General Counsel considers the changing role of the GC in a legal industry full of disruption.

In conversation with GC Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Catherine McGregor, Bjarne will cover three key areas:

  • Setting the stage by exploring the changing context of the role.
  • The conversation will then consider the ‘hardware’ needed to effect this change: risk assessments, integrated team structure, effective process; budget and partner management and creative use of technology.
  • We will finally consider the ‘software’ – building a culture, nurturing culture or indeed hacking your culture to produce an effective legal team, as well as managing talent, including the generational context and leadership skills.

The evening will continue with a panel discussion between Bjarne and three leading Norwegian general counsel considering how his ideas impact their own day-to-day roles.

The evening will conclude with drinks, canapes and networking.

For further information, please contact Craig Belson, Client Relationship Manager:


The role of the general counsel is evolving, and although legal expertise still is key, the GC is increasingly being involved in commercial and strategic discussions.

The balancing of management’s need for rapid change with cost saving measures and risk-monitoring raises many dilemmas. Today, GC’s must be able to adapt to new business models and face business mega-trends such as digitalization and regulatory compliance. The structuring of the legal team in this new era is a major challenge faced by GC’s globally.

At Haavind, we value the discussion of the role with general counsel. Together, we address challenges and exchange experiences to cooperate on finding solutions. Our goal is to make the Trailblazers arena a meeting place for discussions and insight, enabling you to master and develop in an increasingly demanding and complex environment.