It’s been a big year for in-house lawyers generally, and for us here at Lawyers Weekly, the launch of Corporate Counsel has seen plenty of interesting in-house commentary, trends and news crossing our desks.
For our readers, there’s a clear interest in the intricacies of the day-to-day work of in-house lawyers, career progression and the competing concepts of law and business.
As judged by audience reads, here is Lawyers Weekly’s top five CC stories for 2018.
Where were you when Shemara Wikramanayake was announced as the first ever female CEO of Macquarie Group? The former Blake Dawson lawyer landed Australia’s top investment banking job which sees her titled as both managing director and CEO.
With the banking royal commission on everybody’s lips this year, it came as no surprise its effects reverberated through the in-house sphere. It saw general counsel and company secretary Brian Salter removed from AMP following advice and establishment of an internal committee to examine company practices.
A NewLaw approach to work and recruitment has seen an Australian and New Zealand law firm siding with in-house teams, and drawing on its own corporate experience to aid and advise blue chip organisations switching to “agile” strategies.
As the in-house sector grows, so too does the proportion of young lawyers jumping straight into in-house roles. Money obviously talks.
We’ve said it before and we will say it again: the in-house space is growing. A little advice for navigating corporate roles can go a long way, and Claire Bibby and Fiona Craig are the perfect people to take it from, according to our readers, who made this Corporate Counsel’s top read story for this year.