Cécile Kavalses, General Counsel ATOS Benelux & Nordics and an active member of GCN – wrote an article on the future of the In-House Legal Department. What concrete actions do General Counsel need to undertake today to prepare for tomorrow?

Traditional hot topics of General Counsels are well known: budget constraints, ensuring compliance in an increasing complex world with more and more regulations, sanctions more and more applied by the authorities, more and more aggressive and competitive markets….

If we look back a couple of years to the evolution of legal practice of in-house counsels, a lot has been already done: efficiency programs, tools, templates, processes introduced to work in a more effective manner. Is that enough? Will the lawyers of tomorrow continue to be the local jurisdiction expert? Or is their role meant to grow?

General Counsels have to integrate and anticipate these challenges today to build on the legal department of tomorrow. The in-house legal counsel of tomorrow will be from the Z-generation, with more and more international skills and mindset, more a strategist than an expert.

The International In-House Counsel Journal published Cecile’s article on the Future In-House Legal Department in May 2016. Click here to read the whole article.

The General Counsel Fall Conference “Too much work, too little time: Innovative solutions for General Counsel, will take place on October 7th, 2016  in Amstelveen, The Netherlands. One of the topics during the conference will be the Future Legal Department. We will exchange views and knowledge on this issue.

About the author: 

Cecile KavalsesCécile Kavalses, General Counsel Benelux & The Nordics, Atos, Netherlands

After having been graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Law from “Université Paris XI” and “HEC”, and having been admitted to the Bar, Cecile worked for different IT Legal Departments’ within Air France and then Oracle. She joined Atos in 2006 and is currently ATOS’s General Counsel for the Benelux and The Nordics. Cecile currently lives in Amsterdam and is an active member of GCN and part of GCN’s International GC Expat group.