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The Practical Law In-house Consultation Board convened recently and discussed hot topics for 2023. The discussion covered a range of topics, including:

  • Inclusion of environmental, social and governance (ESG) clauses in standard contracts.
  • Dealing with the reality of approaching ESG deadlines.
  • Managing the growing burden of ESG due diligence and reporting requirements.
  • Technology implementation.
  • Regulatory burden.
  • Recruitment and the effects of Brexit.
  • Managing the effects of hybrid working.

I have reported on the board meeting in more depth in the article Consultation board round table: hot topics 2023.

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The Alternative Legal Services Providers 2023 Report, published by the Thomson Reuters Institute, the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law, and the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, reveals an evolving market in which the boundaries between alternative legal service providers (ALSPs), law firms, corporate law departments, and even technology and software firms, are rapidly blurring.

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The progress of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill, a review into the government’s net zero target, two employment-related consultations and an investigation into greenwashing are among the key developments for in-house lawyers to track this month.

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Please join us on 22 February 2023 (2.00pm – 3.00pm) for a webinar hosted by The Centre for Legal Leadership on planning a career as an in-house lawyer.

In-house lawyers work for a huge range of organisations in many different sectors. They may work alone, in a small team, or in a very large one. It may be a centralised team or be co-located with clients, including in different legal jurisdictions. Given this variety, the webinar will discuss the key attributes that in-house lawyers require in 2023 and beyond, and how to plan a rewarding in-house career.

The discussion will be led by our speakers, Elizabeth Messud, Group General Counsel, Kingfisher and Linda Dann, CBE, National Security Law Director, Microsoft UK.

REUTERS | Horses gallop across a blossoming field at sunset outside Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 14, 2016. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Episode 108 of the Hearing is now available.

Law school. Supreme Court of New Jersey. Prison. Oval Office of the White House. These are just a few places where this episode’s guest, John Koufos, has spent time. If you haven’t heard John’s story, then prepare yourself for a rollercoaster ride. A former criminal defense attorney who was no stranger to a high-pressure career, John’s 15-year battle with alcoholism eventually caught up to him, with tragic consequences.

Join our new host, Lauren Sobel, as she chats with John about his former legal career, what it was like to leave the courthouse – where he once practiced – in handcuffs, his journey to becoming a recognized expert on re-entry into society after prison, and his remorse. Lauren and John also cover issues like substance abuse in the legal profession, how the criminal justice system impacts all of society, and the less obvious consequences of being a convicted felon.

John’s story gives true meaning to the phrase second chances and, as Lauren says, making lemonade out of lemons. His candor and determination had us glued to this conversation, and we think you’ll be too.


HM Treasury’s Edinburgh Reforms, and in particular how the government will make its proposed changes to the existing prospectus and public offers regime, are likely to be of interest to many in-house lawyers. Publication of directives on corporate sustainability reporting and the gender balance of boards of listed companies are noteworthy too.

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The first open meeting of the Practical Law In-house Future Forum took place recently, to discuss the topic of networking. The meeting featured presentations from Alisa Grafton, author of Great Networking: The Art and Practice of Building Authentic Professional Relationships and partner at De Pinna Notaries, and Andre Brown, Senior Commissioning Editor at Practical Law.

While we had initially planned to hold the meeting in person, especially given the subject matter and its timing during the traditional festive event season, logistics and a desire to open the meeting to as wide an audience as possible in the end dictated a virtual venue, which was open to all who registered.

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Crisis management has been a feature of many in-house lawyers working lives in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict. This year’s final Centre for Legal Leadership webinar, hosted in conjunction with Thomson Reuters, focused on an in-house lawyer’s role in handling a crisis.

Themes raised during the discussion included the key attributes required in a crisis, establishing a crisis team, relationship building and protecting the wellbeing of your team and yourself.

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