Based at the company headquarters in Dublin, Valentia Technologies’ legal team provide legal support to the worldwide enterprise, who develop and implement health-related software solutions and services across a number of international jurisdictions. Cian Crosbie, general counsel, has overseen an evolution of his team’s modus operandi to ensure that they are ‘as efficient, effective and progressive as possible’. Internal structural business factors weigh heavily on the operation of the team, keeping a close eye on the way the business is operating through ‘close integration at various levels’. Indeed, Crosbie is part of the Valentia senior management team, allowing ongoing direct involvement in developing and implementing strategy for the company. The Valentia legal team is not concerned with handing down ‘non-committal and overly-technical’ legal advice, but instead apply a more sensible legal and commercial approach to business challenges. Valentia is a complicated business at risk of being impacted by a variety of factors, and the legal function must ensure that the advice they give is on the basis of pre-emptive thinking and addressing changing factors before they are realised. Keen to embrace and utilise technological innovations and developments, Crosbie highlights new technology facilitating ‘significant changes’ in the way his team operates, allowing it to ‘achieve greater things than might have been possible in the past’. This culture at Valentia, and the rapidly developing healthcare software market, means that the legal team can become more and more effective. In fact, Crosbie proclaims that it is an ‘exciting time to be an in-house lawyer’.