Fostering chemistry between business people and external providers
Fostering chemistry between business people and external providers

The following In-house Advisor practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Fostering chemistry between business people and external providers
  • Opportunities for business managers to meet external advisers

Even if business people have complete confidence in your ability to select and mobilise external advisers, you should present those advisers as allies in the management of legal risk, not just remote subcontractors of the legal team. You should not view a good relationship between business people and external lawyers as a threat to the in-house legal function.

Opportunities for business managers to meet external advisers

  1. during selection: you should ensure that senior managers have an opportunity to express their views on selection and to meet candidates.

  2. during definition of the mandate: for more complicated mandates where the scope may be subject to alteration by the business, there is much to be gained from the law firm having a better appreciation of how volatile or spontaneous some of the key players may be and those players understanding that a carefully put together mandate will fall apart if there is not a disciplined approach to scope changes. You

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