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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.