Summary of Managing an International Legal Department

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Consultant Richard Norman explains the strategic concerns of a multinational corporation’s legal department, including cultural fit, administration, personnel development and other managerial issues. He covers business strategy, outside staffing, and internal legal staff coaching and training. He presents this material quickly, with useful charts, bullet points, summaries and lists. To get the most from Norman’s manual, you should have a solid grounding in management and in the practice of corporate law. His conclusions may be illuminating for attorneys considering the transition from private or government practice to an in-house counsel position. getAbstract recommends Norman’s advice to general counsels who head in-house legal departments, and executives who work with them, particularly those whose firms operate in multiple countries.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What makes a multinational company’s in-house legal team successful,
  • What administrative and staffing concerns confront a multinational corporation’s general counsel, and
  • How to deal with issues arising from working with outside counsel.

About the Author

Richard Norman guides teams in creating and managing in-house legal departments. He created the “What In-House Lawyers Need” program, known as “WIN,” for DLA Piper.



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