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THE FIRST FIVE YEARS

A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON THE GC ROLE

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FEATURES


FOREWORD, BARRY WOLF

Barry Wolf discusses the effect of interconnectedness in business, and how this is changing the role of the in-house lawyer.


VOICES OF EXPERIENCE

There are certain privileges held by those looking to take on a general counsel role in today’s world. Thanks to the information age, even those outside a suitor organization are able to easily discover facts and figures about their prospective company, and can access a wide range of materials to help them prepare for a new position. General counsel and would-be general counsel now have the troves of knowledge gathered by generations past at their fingertips.

UNPACKING THE PRESENT

New entrants into the world of the in-house counsel have a unique vantage point: they are a blank slate, and while they can enjoy the benefit of decades of experience and cascading knowledge of long-serving general counsel, they can also bring fresh perspectives to the table.

THE GC OF TOMORROW

The legal function might not traditionally be associated with the phrase ‘competitive edge’, but many of the general counsel we spoke to are aiming for exactly that. In the here and now, the pressure is on for GCs to be watching competitors, hoping to learn from their successes and mistakes, while also thinking about how to get to the answers to tomorrow’s questions before anyone else.