How to inject life back into an in-house legal team—an interview with Gavin Tagg
How to inject life back into an in-house legal team—an interview with Gavin Tagg

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  • How to inject life back into an in-house legal team—an interview with Gavin Tagg
  • Tell us about your organisation, the legal team and your background
  • What were the first challenges you faced when you joined the organisation?
  • How did you develop and implement your three-year plan?
  • How did you go out to the business and find out what the business needed?
  • How do you encourage good stakeholder management in your team?
  • Is learning and development for the team part of the three-year plan?
  • You are approaching the end of your three-year plan. Are you on track?

When a General Counsel joins an organisation, there is no guarantee they will inherit a smoothly functioning team. What is guaranteed is that there will be challenges to face. Gavin Tagg, Group Legal Counsel at Adecco UK, explains how he is using a three-year plan to revitalise his legal team and make them trusted business partners.

Tell us about your organisation, the legal team and your background

Adecco is a global recruitment organisation with a head office based in Zurich. Worldwide, we have about 31,000 permanent recruiters and associated staff in our branch networks across 60 countries. In the UK, there are approximately 3,500 colleagues (permanent employees in our branches and head offices), and at any given time, around 25,000 ‘associates’ (temporary workers on assignment at our clients).

In the UK, there are currently 18 people in the legal team across five divisions: Company Secretarial, Commercial Services, Litigation, Employment/Regulatory and International Assignment Services. Each division has a team leader and they all report to me. I report to the UK CFO with a dotted line to the General Counsel in Zurich.

I started my legal career as a criminal barrister, but realised quickly that it wasn’t for me. I started looking for an in-house role, and my first job in 1999 just happened to be in a recruitment company. I was there for a little over a year,

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