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The outlook for general counsel

Our studies have shown that GCs are becoming more ambitious, with increasing numbers striving to achieve more for their businesses, themselves and their teams. But they are operating in a changing landscape, as global influences and questions about values – rather than value – come to the fore along with increasing challenges around sustainability. Ethics, risk and reputation management are the new challenges (or opportunities) for GCs.

This requires a particular breed of GC: one who can operate in an international matrix of laws and business practices while maintaining the values of their organisation. Such a GC also needs the skills and techniques to work at the most senior leadership level – something we look at in more depth in our Strategic Business Counsel model towards the end of this report.