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The Joy Of Secs (secondments)
Posted on 22 Sep 2011 by Mark Smith

I've been hanging out with a lot of in-house counsel recently, and one thing's clear. They love their secondees. Really love them. Whether it's a GC who is relying on a specialist skill set that he or she can't quite find the... Read More

The in-house law firm – the future of corporate law departments?
Posted on 22 Jul 2011 by Mark Smith

I'm a big fan of Tom Peters . Not just because he genuinely interacts with his followers on Twitter , not just because he's passionate about what he writes about, and not just because he presents (presentations, books) in some pretty cool ways... Read More

The five skills of highly effective in-house lawyers
Posted on 11 Jul 2011 by Mark Smith

I spent some time this week with a group of in-house lawyers facilitating a discussion around the skills and capabilities that corporate counsel need to be a success, particularly if they are just making the transition from private practice. ... Read More

The epic failure of the world’s best presenter
Posted on 1 Jun 2011 by Mark Smith

Over the past few weeks I've been out and about in the legal community and seen a number of presentations from eminent QCs. The verdict was in. EPIC FAIL! Now for those of you outside the UK, Queen's Counsel (QCs) are the creme de... Read More

Are Clients 'Demanding' Change?
Posted on 8 Sep 2010 by Steven B. Levy

Adam Smith, Esq. has an excellent piece this morning , based on a Legal OnRamp thread, questioning whether corporate clients are actually demanding the changes so many of us are talking about, from alternative fees/value-based billing to legal project... Read More

A five-way struggle to entice the general counsel and senior lawyers of major US companies
Posted on 1 Mar 2010 by Rees W. Morrison

Five organizations will vie in 2010 to win the favors of general counsel who lead legal teams at large US companies. The competition will be fascinating to watch and whatever the outcome will likely benefit all managers of legal departments. To find... Read More

GCs who report to the CEO are paid more, and a few thoughts on reasons why
Posted on 3 Mar 2010 by Rees W. Morrison

Recent data has appeared on general counsel among the Fortune 250 who do or don't report to the CEO as well as the compensation differences between the two groups. The analysis comes from Equilar by way of a summary in Inside Counsel, Jan. 2010 at... Read More

What every lawyer needs to know about project management, Part 1 of 5
Posted on 24 Mar 2010 by Jim Hassett

This five-part series is an expanded version of an article I published last week on AmericanLawyer.com entitled "Teaching Lawyers How to Manage: Can It Improve the Bottom Line?" When I interviewed AmLaw 100 chairmen, senior partners and C... Read More