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Sexual harassment must be taken seriously

December 2017 – OPINION: Eduardo Reyes considers recent revelations of sexual harassment in the context of the legal profession, emphasising its duty to promote equality and prevent harassment. Read more...


Time to get more involved in HR

October 2017 – OPINION: Eduardo Reyes argues that lawyers can work with HR to promote equality and diversity in their organisation. Read more...


Immigration: a new business risk

May 2017 – OPINION: Law firms and their clients will be directly affected by the upheaval in immigration policy and the conditions of free movement on both sides of the Atlantic following the UK’s Brexit vote and the election of President Trump in the US. Eduardo Reyes considers some of the business planning and legal issues that general counsel should have on their radar. Read more…

Related: Trump's new travel ban further tests image and rule of law

Podcast: The Brexit vote and legal challenge


Brexit: a game of patience?

January 2017 – OPINION: As the legal profession continues to get to grips with the implications of Brexit, many businesses and law firms will ‘wait and see’ what stems from the UK’s negotiations to withdraw from the European Union. But, as Eduardo Reyes explains, certain staffing, competition and client advice matters might warrant more decisive action. Read more…

In the news: the UK Supreme Court and Article 50

Podcast: the historic Brexit vote and legal challenge


Is the in-house profession dividing?

November 2016 – OPINION: Eduardo Reyes argues that artisan approaches to in-house practice are now being replaced by something more engineered. Coupled with changes in senior executive roles, this could dramatically reshape the role of in-house lawyers in future. Read more…


Virtual reality?

August 2016 – OPINION: The use of artificial intelligence is increasing in the legal field, with a few firms and corporate departments now using virtual assistants for certain tasks typically handled by junior associates or paralegals. Eduardo Reyes considers the in-house advantages. Read more…

Related: Technology 2030 – tech experts predict the future


In or out? Corporate counsel and Britain’s membership of the EU

May 2016 – OPINION: The upcoming UK referendum has caught global attention, yet the legal profession has been relatively quiet on the issue. Talking to in-house lawyers, Eduardo Reyes finds many are concerned over the uncertainty for business if voters choose to leave the European Union. Read more…


The UK’s first DPA – what does it really tell us?

March 2016 – OPINION: The UK’s first deferred prosecution agreement, relating to bank bribery, is a bad example for corporate counsel to learn from, says Eduardo Reyes. Read more…


Stress and mental health: it doesn’t have to be this way

December 2015 – OPINION: Eduardo Reyes argues that in-house lawyers have the right skills to minimise stress in the workplace, and therefore address mental health issues. Read more…


Corporate sustainability

August 2015 – OPINION: Eduardo Reyes argues that in-house counsel can play a significant role in making good intentions reality in the field of business and human rights. Read more...


Time to confront cybercrime

May 2015 – OPINION: Cyber security is now a mainstream issue: it's time for in-house counsel to take charge of the issues and manage the risks, argues Eduardo Reyes. Welcome to the IT Crowd! Read more…


Diversity: time to change the conversation

May 2015 – OPINION: Dina Medland argues that achieving cultural change throughout business, of which diversity is just one aspect, is more important than meeting targets. Read more…


A win-win situation

February 2015 – OPINION: Competing outsourcing models have lowered the costs associated with hiring external legal services, and have put in-house counsel firmly in control, argues Eduardo Reyes. Read more...


Getting your house in order

February 2015 – OPINION: Dina Medland warns that the emphasis placed on good corporate governance by business means lawyers are not exempt from scrutiny. Read more...


Paper Tiger

October 2014 – OPINION: To add value as the ‘corporate memory’, in-house lawyers need a more structured approach to knowledge management, argues Eduardo Reyes. Read more…


An undeclared conflict of interest

August 2014 – OPINION: Dina Medland argues that combining the role of general counsel and company secretary could be more trouble than it’s worth. Read more...


The importance of managing cyber risk

July 2014 – OPINION: In-house lawyers must take a central role in ensuring a business’ cyber security is the best it can be, argues Eduardo Reyes. Read more...


Litigation costs: an oversight in corporate governance?

May 2014 – OPINION: Dina Medland argues that litigation costs could be symptomatic of lapses in corporate governance. Read more…


Has shareholder value had its day?

April 2014Anthony Hilton asks if shareholder value is still the best way for organisations to measure success at a time when business is trying to restore public trust. Read more...


Litigation moves in-house

April 2014 – With regulatory ‘dialogue’ and investigations acquiring the character of disputes, in-house litigation skills are growing – and with good reason, Eduardo Reyes notes. Read more...


Why flexible working can work

January 2014Eduardo Reyes argues that with just a little bit of rethinking, flexible working can become part of a new way of working on legal projects, to the benefit of all involved. Read more…


Thinking outside the box

January 2014Mary Heaney explains why a review of the model for delivering in house legal services may be in order. Read more…


Bribery and corruption: what really motivates compliance and enforcement?

October 2013 – A plethora of recent surveys have suggested that a large number of international businesses are not properly equipped to achieve compliance with the UK Bribery Act. Eduardo Reyes asks if these results are obscuring the real risks posed by the Act. Read more...


Commercially focused General Counsel aspire to board positions

October 2013 – The role of General Counsel is becoming increasingly commercial, with more in-house lawyers being asked for strategic business advice from senior colleagues, alongside legal advice. Mary Heaney explains why this is leading more GCs to have an eye on a seat at the boardroom table. Read more...


Is your legal department becoming more like a law firm?

July 2013 – Legal-department spending on external law firms is, overall, flat, whereas in-house legal departments are growing, adding to both headcount and legal specialisms. Read more…


Data-gate puts general counsel on the frontline

July 2013 – If ever there was reason to review your corporate’s data storage and outsourcing arrangements, the data protection scandal which has just engulfed Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft would surely be the trigger. Read more…


Lawyers will save our banks

April 2013 – If the question sounds facetious, it isn’t meant to: are in-house lawyers going to save the world’s banks? Eduardo Reyes finds out. Read more...


Lawyer-directors show their value

April 2013 – In recent years, the clamour for lawyers to be included on corporate boards has grown louder and louder. What has the impact been now they’re getting their wish? Mary Heaney looks at the latest research. Read more...


Moving on up

January 2013 – Career advancement is a perennial issue for the modern in-house counsel. Eduardo Reyes reflects on the key factors affecting advancement in the sector. I have touched on the issue of career management a few times in IHP. I am returning to it again here because it is the recurring challenge of life in-house … Read more...


A new year but not yet a new dawn

January 2013 – With the holiday season receding into distant memory, Mary Heaney looks at the trends that will shape the legal year to come, and beyond. A dash of futurology is a ‘must’ to bed in a new year. Thankfully Professor Richard Susskind has obliged with the launch of ‘Tomorrow’s Lawyers – An introduction to your future’. Read more...


What’s in a name?

November 2012 - Do businesses now need both a Head of Legal and a General Counsel? Eduardo Reyes finds out. A decade ago, a growing number of corporate counsel in charge of the legal function in businesses were becoming used to the title of ‘General Counsel’ – replacing as it did ‘Head of Legal’. While hardly a matter of everyday concern, debates over which title best suited the role did arise. Read more...


Taking the fall

November 2012 - A worrying trend is seeing in-house lawyers frequently in the crosshairs of regulators looking for someone to blame, writes Mary Heaney. Corporate counsel are increasingly finding themselves under the spotlight as the government, regulators and even opposing counsel look for fall guys, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) stated at its annual convention in Orlando in October. Read more...