The role of in-house legal counsel is evolving as a result of heightened corporate governance and compliance standards. With higher expectations being placed on them, in-house legal counsels are expected to take on more responsibilities and redefine their role to stay current with the new demands. The corporate counsel’s office is facing major challenges as it has to expand its function and influence throughout the enterprise. It has to put into practice ideas to improve workload management and distribution of legal knowledge, and has to become a driver of business, rather than a reactive element, by taking an integral role in the planning and implementation of business initiatives.
In order for General Counsels to help their enterprise’s bottom line, they must think more like business people. They must outsource work and form partnerships with law firms and legal services providers in order to maximize operational efficiency, and they need to become a strategic advisor to other departments within the corporation on key initiatives and business functions in order to drive the business forward.
The unique format of the European Corporate Counsel Summit 2011 enables sponsors to offer solutions to these challenges and more through pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with the attendees. They will equip legal department managers with the necessary tools and essential skills to tackle today’s most pressing corporate legal issues, including governance and ethics, protection of their company's IP, privacy compliance, labour and employment challenges, regulatory developments and litigation management. They will also address cutting edge strategies for, designing and building comprehensive risk management initiatives, for motivating staff members to increase job satisfaction, enhance productivity and boost retention rates, as well as for safeguarding the enterprise’s reputation, and for building better systems and implementing better processes.
main topics for 2011
General Industry Issues
- Compliance in the Corporation
- Corporate Governance Developments in Europe
- Mediation and Arbitration vs. Litigation
- Legal Department Management
- How to Organise Legal Hierarchy in the Legal Department
- Creating Value for your Organisation & Avoiding the ‘Cost Centre' Label
- Creating a Brand for the Legal Department
- Transforming Commercial Relationships with Law Firms into Partnership Arrangements
- Organisation of Global Legal Teams
- Corporate Compliance Programmes in LATAM
- Challenges of Internationalisation for Lawyers
- Challenges of Day-to-Day Business in the Middle East and Africa
- Suitable Modern Document Retention Policies to Protect Your Company from US Discovery