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The position of general counsel is the most responsible legal job in an organization. The main challenge is to understand the legal impact of all functions of an organization. General counsels or chief legal officers (different name, same responsibility) have seen their position rise throughout the years as the legal consequences of an organization are becoming more and more important.

Competences of a general counsel

When we are awarded the task to recruit a general counsel for a company or government organization we first discuss the candidate profile with our customer. Not every company is alike and the corporate culture also plays an important role. Apart from these specific needs and wishes general counsels must have some particular competences that are unique for the job. First and foremost candidates must have a broad understanding of the functioning of a (mostly international) organization and they have to be aware of legal risks within these functions. Each company department has to deal with legal issues and they differ between each department. The legal impact of the marketing department is different from that of production or finance. Secondly legal counsels must be people orientated as they have to discuss legal issues with many managers and stakeholders and they need to have great communications skills as advising the general management is his or hers main task.
The main challenge remains to have a broad view on all legal matters and the ability to zoom into specific legal issues when needed.

Interim general counsels

Lexius Staffing also provides interim solutions in general counsel positions. Whenever your organization is confronted with a temporary leave of absence or absence due to illness or temporary internal replacements you can rely on our pool of experienced legal interims. In this pool you will find various legal professionals with different backgrounds and specializations. Some of our legal interims have the needed skills and experience for legal counsel positions.
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