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week, Halebury’s Linda Kabi shared her top tips to consider in a new role as sole in-house counsel within an organization. This week sees the second part to her blog and a further handful of useful tips and insight:
Introduce yourself and meet your clients
Send out an e mail to everyone to introduce yourself and set out your stall. It could cover: this is who I am, what I have done, how experienced I am, this is what I am going to be doing, this is how we are going to work together, adding that all
legal work is to come through me and please don’t instruct external lawyers without consulting me! The employees won’t necessarily be sure what your role is, even though it seems obvious to you.
On day one, get hold of an organisation chart from HR and fix to meet everyone who looks like they might be an internal client. Certainly all the Heads of Department should be on the list, HR, most of the procurement people and the sales staff too.
An agenda for these meetings might be:
The information you receive at these meetings will enable you to start to plan your objectives for your first year in the role.
Find the agreements
An organisation that hasn’t had an in-house lawyer before is unlikely to have a central repository of signed agreements. Naturally you’ll put out an e mail asking for signed agreements to be sent to you but don&rs
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