General Counsel – Recruitment Projects
We have recently recruited three senior General Counsel (GC) roles in East Anglia. All were instructed to us exclusively on a retained basis.
Each role was different, but all three were directly reporting in to a team of executives, and therefore each role was a strategic hire for that business. All in-house lawyers work closely with the business/ organisation they work for, but GC’s usually work closely with a board of executives/ directors. They are there to advise and mitigate risk at group/ head office level, as well as take a commercial view and influence other stake holders on any improvements on procedure across the business.
Each of the three roles we worked on had some areas of experience or focus that mattered most:
- One of our clients put most emphasis behind regulatory and international experience; the businesses success was based on reputation and the main source of revenue came from overseas.
- Another client was seeking a GC who had worked for a listed company and was therefore happy to take on the company secretary element of the role (albeit that the main focus was on the approach and personality of the candidate).
- The third role required a lawyer who had worked for a company that had gone from being privately owned to being a public listed company.
When recruiting for these roles we had to consider various elements at all times. Each candidate had to be experienced in several areas of law (mainly commercial) and have some exposure to the industry they would be working in. The outcome was successful for all three clients; each company made an offer to their first choice candidate; all accepted and all are still in post. We also worked within the budget set.
If you are looking to recruit a senior In-house legal role or to discuss this as a potential career route, do contact our Managing Director Eleanor Sidgwick