Flying solo | Flexible engagement

Considering working on a more flexible basis of engagement? Why not start your own business? One high-flying GC-turned-entrepreneur takes to the skies on a venture that redefines the limits of getting commercial.

The linkedin legal department – pushing the boundaries | Technology, innovation, law

‘Every individual is now an entrepreneur, whether they recognise it or not.’ So said Reid Hoffman, one of the founders of LinkedIn. In such a culture of innovation, what does the ideal legal department and in-house lawyer look like? GC caught up with Mike Callahan, LinkedIn’s GC, to discuss the risks and rewards of working at the law’s new frontiers and how to find lawyers who are up to that challenge.

In-house life – Leslie Zhang Cnooc | In-house life

As director of the project management division and legal department at China National Offshore Oil Corporation [CNOOC], Leslie Zhang has presided over some sizeable transactions – not least the company’s $15.1BN acquisition of Nexen Inc.

Doing it differently | Gender diversity initiatives

GC explores what corporate counsel can do to further diversity – in their in-house legal department, the wider organisation, or throughout the business world. We pick the brains of general counsel across the globe about programmes they’ve pioneered or adopted to create a diverse workplace. In the first in a series of case studies, this issue we look at gender diversity.