As the Canadian legal profession responds to the changing marketplace, increasing globalization and emerging technologies, so too must general counsel.
No longer solely charged with ensuring their organizations are complying with the law, in-house legal teams are now in the unique position of balancing organizational risk and corporate objectives. As a result, general counsel are striving to add value as both legal and business advisors.
Deloitte conducted a survey of 70 general counsel across Canada to gain a better understanding of their roles. Our findings point to a shifting landscape where strategic input is increasingly being sought from in-house legal teams and more work is being insourced as general counsel look to reallocate responsibilities within. Softer skills, such as emotional intelligence, are also moving to centre stage as legal teams grapple with how to best develop the traits that will drive their business forward.