When a lawyer works in-house they are frequently asked to contribute far more than just legal answers to legal questions. They are asked to provide input in a wide range of ways and all with an eye ever-focused on the business itself. Lawyers, accordingly, have needed to draw upon not just legal principles, but business acumen to provide support and advice to their fellow business partners. Catherine McGregor has put together a superb resource that directly addresses this topic and in a way that is both accessible and comprehensive. I highly recommend this book for all in-house counsel who want to learn from how other counsel have applied business acumen to the in-house counsel world.
This is a must-read for any in-house counsel who wants to lead their department into the future. Catherine McGregor offers excellent insights and thought-provoking perspective about blending traditional business thinking with best in class in-house counsel practices. This book is an essential guide.
Dr McGregor’s work will stimulate much thought about how businesses can attract better and more fulfilled lawyers.
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Catherine McGregor is a thought-leader and visionary at the forefront of in-house counsel operations. She has cleared the path for future conversations about leadership, management and culture. Her insights are ones that should be treated as gems.
Modern general counsel and senior in-house lawyers are expected to be business leaders not simply good lawyers. Even lawyers with a first-rate legal education are not typically provided education on the business concepts included in this book. With her experienced lens into successful in-house legal teams, Dr. McGregor translates important business frameworks, such as purpose, culture and collaboration, to the business of leading law departments. I could not agree more with the author’s statement that "particularly for in-house lawyers – the more senior they become, the more empathy trumps legal skills...."
Catherine McGregor's insightful book focuses on the role of general counsel as business partners of CEOs on key business issues. She rightly and succinctly argues that this broader conception of a general counsel is a foundation for the inside counsel revolution which has swept the profession.
This remarkable book provides pragmatic insight into how the role of a general counsel has been transformed from a traditional technical legal model to a new era of evolved lawyering - adding the dimensions of creativity, purpose and commercial perspective to the in-house toolkit. If you wish to become a great general counsel, or develop a more nuanced understanding of the general counsel as your client, this is a must read.
Many of the innovations and ideas that legal teams need to embrace – such as those relating to project management and use of technology – have already evolved within the wider business environment. Despite this, many general counsel and other legal leaders report that they feel unprepared to tackle key business challenges and concepts.
Business Thinking in Practice for In-house Counsel: Taking Your Seat at the Table takes a practical look at key concepts from influential business theory and illustrates how these are applicable to managing or working in an in-house legal department.
Topics covered include purpose, culture, talent and innovation, all of which intersect to provide the structure and framework for legal teams to create a competitive edge. Each chapter features an interview and case study with a general counsel and/or legal team to demonstrate how business concepts can be used in-house most effectively.
The author, Catherine McGregor, has engaged with the in-house legal market for many years as a journalist, consultant and commentator. During this time she has built close relationships with leading general counsel around the world and has observed first hand how the role of general counsel has changed and continues to change.
Business Thinking in Practice for In-house Counsel is packed with lots of real-life examples and makes essential reading for any general counsel or senior in-house lawyer seeking to develop their business skills and maximise their team’s success.