Centralised versus decentralised
Produced in partnership with Paul Gilbert and Lawrence Smith of LBC Wise Counsel

The following In-house Advisor practice note produced in partnership with Paul Gilbert and Lawrence Smith of LBC Wise Counsel provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Centralised versus decentralised

Centralised versus decentralised

We are often asked to comment on the advantages and disadvantages of different in-house legal services models. Typically, there are two simple models:

  1. to centralise the function in a core team serving the business from a coordinated centre

  2. to decentralise the function so that lawyers are placed close to the specific business teams with which they work

We do not have an 'in-principle' view that one is better that the other. For each team, the right model is a mix of factors, including:

  1. the historical development

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