What do CEOs want from legal departments?

By Reporter|02 November 2020
What do CEOs want from legal departments

With executives demanding more from in-house legal teams than ever before, it is essential that corporate counsel understand how best they can support management at this critical juncture.

As Australia starts to turn its attention to a post-pandemic marketplace, it is of fundamental importance that in-house lawyers understand and appreciate what will separate their advice for and collaboration with chief executives from their counterparts in other businesses and organisations.

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At this week’s Corporate Counsel Summit, hosted by Lawyers Weekly, a panel of three CEOs – Megan Motto from the Governance Institute of Australia, David Ritter from Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and Peter Maloney from GlobalX – will discuss what turns GCs and their legal teams into trusted business and governance advisers, especially in such turbulent times.

The trio will also delve into what constitutes a successful collaborative partnership between CEOs and their team, outline strategies for effective communication, detail how to support the business through times of crisis, and reflect on the evolving expectations of and for a legal team.

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Lawyers Weekly editor Emma Ryan, who will moderate the panel, said: “With the nature and routine of daily legal practice changing at a breakneck speed, legal departments must ensure they are as in sync with management as they can be – not just to navigate the choppy waters created by COVID-19, but also to mitigate the challenges posed by ongoing remote working.”

“Any corporate counsel seeking a deeper appreciation for how best they can serve their CEOs won’t want to miss this session.”

To learn more about this session, and more, check out the full agenda for this week’s Corporate Counsel Summit.

Registration for this summit is free – you can sign up here.

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