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REUTERS | An aerial view of tulip fields near the city of Creil, Netherlands April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

It can be easy for corruption risk to be put on a back burner as workplaces reopen and organisations get back to business at least partially onsite. A year of slow, or no, growth can pressure everyone from the top down of an organisation to focus purely on accounts receivable. But a wise General Counsel (GC) would keep a keen eye on corruption risk as elements of a still-dispersed workforce could be tempted to make the wrong choice.

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REUTERS | An aerial view of tulip fields near the city of Creil, Netherlands April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Compliance training in a classroom setting is popular with compliance managers. And for good reason: compliance officers and employees can come together, interact, ask and answer questions directly and even undertake role plays and group work. However, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and changing work practices, face-to-face training is, and looks likely to remain (at least for some time), challenging.

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REUTERS | A bee searches for pollen among cherry blossoms on a sunny spring day in Lausanne, Switzerland March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Businesses will be continuing to digest the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report, which highlights the urgency for companies to achieve a net zero transition. In-house lawyers may also be interested in responding to two consultations by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on data protection and a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) consultation on diversity on boards and executive committees.

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GC100: pro bono survey

In 2015 GC100 (the association of general counsel and company secretaries working in FTSE 100 companies) published a short guide, Overcoming the barriers to in-house lawyers doing pro bono work. The GC100 Executive Committee is keen to build on some of the lessons learned since the guide was published and, where appropriate, continue to support pro bono efforts by the in-house community.

To help gather the insights needed, the Committee has put together a short survey to build an understanding of the current landscape for pro bono work among the in-house community. The responses to this poll will help inform GC100’s on-going work in this area and potential further actions GC100 may take to support this important aspect of the legal and governance professions.

The deadline for responses is 30 September 2021.

REUTERS | Tulips are pictured in a public park in Vienna, Austria, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Please join us on 8 September 2021 (2.00pm-3.30pm) for a webinar hosted by The Centre for Legal Leadership (CLL) on building your resilience, reputation and personal networks. Leading the discussion will be our guest presenters,  Angus Haig, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Cox Automotive, and Kate Staples, General Counsel at the Civil Aviation Authority. The session will be moderated by Anthony Inglese and Paul Bentall of CLL, and will include a Q&A session.

The discussion will explore a range of issues, including how to:

  • Respond effectively when things go wrong.
  • Rise to new challenges and operate outside your comfort zone.
  • Build trust with colleagues.
  • Develop a professional network.


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This month, in-house lawyers should be aware of consultations on the National Security and Investment Act and the UK prospectus regime. They should also take note of the government’s response to the consultation on workplace sexual harassment.

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At the end of June, The Centre for Legal Leadership hosted the third in a series of webinars in conjunction with Practical Law on developing your career in-house. This post explores some of the themes that the panellists discussed during the session and that were raised in questions from an online audience.

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This video provides advice on how company secretaries can facilitate the integration of ESG and governance, including supporting the non-executive directors and the organisation in responding to ESG and the commercial value it can provide.

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The Practical Law In-house Consultation Board recently convened to consider the theme of diversity and inclusion (D&I) as it relates to the key stages of the employment cycle: recruitment, retention, appraisal and exit. D&I has rightly risen to the top of the agenda for responsible companies and become a key topic of conversation on the conference circuit. It was refreshing to hear from board members about the real-world challenges that they and their businesses face, as well as some of the success stories they were able to share. Here are some key takeaways I took from the discussion. Continue reading