Welcome to the website of General Counsel Netherlands, the professional organisation and creative network for ultimate responsible (in-house) lawyers in the Netherlands. A platform where General Counsel meet and share best practises.

GCN-members have different titles such as General Counsel (“GC”), Chief Legal Officer or Head of Legal Affairs. But they are always head of legal and the ultimate responsible in-house counsel towards senior management regarding legal risks. Both GCN founders were General Counsel themselves. They founded GCN out of a need to let General Counsel share knowledge and experience with each other and with other innovative parties from the legal world.

The GC as strategic Business Partner

The range of tasks of the General Counsel has expanded enormously over the last decade. The modern General Counsel is not only the legal expert and the ethical compass of the company, but is also expected to be a strategic business partner. Someone who shows leadership and vision at boardroom level and understands digitisation, reputation, crisis management and globalisation. GCN supports General Counsel in their challenges and helps with further professionalize their job.

Knowledge and know-how

GCN works with GCN-partners who support GCN and GCs with the transfer of valuable knowledge and know-how, share specialised expertise and draw attention to certain products and tools without commercial interest. GCN is an independent network and not part of any other organisation

GCN organises a large number of meetings and other activities (conferences, peer-to-peer groups), with emphasis on not-purely legal themes that are of interest to the GC. All information can be found on this website.

GCN initiatives

GCN is also the initiator of the General Counsel Executive Program, an international academic mini-MBA and facilitates the EQUAL in LEGAL platform where various social impact topics are shared.