The Great Awakening

Commitment Matters

For commercial lawyers, the practice of law is transforming. Acting as a semi-independent advisor on specialist risk and legal issues is no longer enough. Today, the business expects much broader appreciation of opportunities and challenges – and that the support and contracts produced by lawyers will directly contribute to the best possible outcome.

Lawyers are no longer operating purely at a transactional level seeking to protect assets and avoid worst-case scenarios. They are being called upon to assess the wider economic consequences of the agreements they help put in place.

Many in-house counsel – and some law firms – would argue that they have always been ‘business advisors’ and in some cases I would agree. But the demands today go much further. As trading relationships change, the nature of legal support must also change. Here are a few of the factors and examples of their impact:

1) many trading relationships now focus on longer-terms outputs…

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About HalGood

Accomplished business professional with over 30 years experience in public and private procurement and public-private partnerships. Portfolio of complex projects for major university hospital, airport, convention center, and city & county government agencies. Member: California Earthquake Early Warning System (CEEWS) Management Committee. Inducted into the CPO Rising Procurement Hall of Fame, Harvard Club, Boston MA - 2016

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