Building the successful in-house law department of the future is a daunting task. We can help.
“Working with Dentons, the largest, most innovative law firm in the world, we enjoy unique advantages, including the privilege of working with and learning from sophisticated clients across the globe and spanning diverse industry sectors, legal systems and cultures. One thing we consistently hear is that our clients are under enormous pressure, not just to resolve legal issues but to deliver business solutions, play a more strategic role in the C-Suite, modernize their legal departments, redefine processes and implement the latest technologies.”
—Chris Pinnington, CEO Nextlaw In-House Solutions
Convergence and panel programs typically result in stronger and deeper relationships with your external counsel while driving greater value and efficiencies and even reducing legal spend. While the process yields significant reward, it can also distract limited resources from managing core business priorities. Leverage our experience in the vanguard of the procurement process, along with our Nextlaw Labs legal technology companies, to maximize the value and efficiency of your external counsel relationships.
You are under continuous pressure to do more with less and as a result find yourself challenged to justify headcount and budget. We can help you identify, measure and report on the metrics that are most important to your business in order to help you demonstrate the value of the legal function.
Controversial situations require senior management and members of the Board to trust that their General Counsel and in-house legal teams will make the right decisions and provide sound counsel at critical junctures. We can support you at those key decision points. Leveraging our first-hand experience as both General Counsel and members of a Board, we can help you chart a course that meets all of your obligations and addresses your Board’s concerns.
We know how to present on risk issues to Boards and understand the challenges of rolling out global compliance programs and the difficulties that can come when you are asked to ‘clear’ actions – whether it is a matter involving reputation, product liability, regulatory changes or the ever-evolving challenges around cybersecurity, we can guide you.
Crises may manifest in a variety of ways and from a variety of sources—but they always require swift and decisive action on the part of the General Counsel. In the wake of a crisis – when even the Board may have its own counsel – count on us to help steer you through the storm.
We have all been ‘new’ in organizations at one time or another. We know how important those first 100 days are and we can help guide you through the onboarding process to ensure you are successful in your role, right from the start.
As change agents in their organizations, in-house counsels are frequently executive sponsors of enterprise diversity and inclusion commitments and initiatives. Our team includes respected diversity and inclusion champions in the global legal profession who provide deep insight and experience to in-house leaders entrusted with this strategic imperative.
Nextlaw In-House Solutions provides experienced interim or permanent in-house support for organizations without internal legal capacity or to address gaps or shortfalls in resources, whenever or wherever needed.
Nextlaw In-House Solutions Advisory Team
The leadership team is supported by a further 50+ lawyers with significant in-house and General Counsel experience.
- Chris Pinnington
- David Allgood
- Mary Ann Hynes
- Humphrey Douglas
- Dennis Deng
- Bill Ide
- Gail Lione
- Rick Palmore
- Dr. Christian Schefold
- Andrew Figgins
- Tatiana Reuben
Managing culture and change on a global scale
General Counsel of: Ivanhoé Cambridge
About Chris Pinnington
As CEO for Nextlaw In-House Solutions, and former CEO of Dentons Canada, Chris brings firsthand experience and insight into what it takes to build a successful global organization, implementing best practices while managing important cultural dynamics. Chris led the international growth strategy at Dentons Canada and knows what it takes to lead an organization during a time of transformative change. Having spent four years as general counsel and a senior officer of a leading Canadian and international real estate developer, Chris is attuned to the “voice of the client” and bridges in-house and outside counsel perspectives.
Winning the General Counsel role and staying at the top
General Counsel of: Royal Bank of Canada (15 years as General Counsel)
About David Allgood
David was the General Counsel of the Royal Bank of Canada for 15 years, having first been head of corporate taxation in the finance team. Few sectors have been more scrutinized in the last decade, or under more pressure, than the banking industry. David can share a vast amount of experience gained from being at the top of such a prestigious financial institution. Whether it is career planning or crisis management that you need support with, David has the calm take, humor and gravitas to provide you with the sounding board you’ll value.
Mary Ann Hynes
Over 20 years’ experience in boardrooms
General Counsel of: Ingredion Incorporated (General Counsel for 7 years); CCH Inc., a Wolters Kluwer business (General Counsel for 20 years); IMC Global (now within The Mosaic Company) (5 years)
About Mary Ann Hynes
Mary Ann was the first woman General Counsel of a Fortune 500 company. Mary Ann’s career over 40 years has seen her work across a variety of sectors including publishing, professional services, computer technology, aerospace, mining, fluid handling, engineering, chemicals, food processing and ingredients and manufacturing. Having worked on 11 acquisitions in 15 months, advised a variety of boards and businesses in different sectors – whatever challenges you’re facing in your business, Mary Ann will have relevant experience and insight to share.
Fast & furious M&A in the energy sector
Europe General Counsel of: TAQA
About Humphrey Douglas
Humphrey was the General Counsel for Europe at TAQA and acted for a time as group General Counsel until the company reached a $23bn NAV. Amongst the many insights Humphrey can share, his experience juggling an organization with big ambitions and budgets, but with a small in-house team, is likely to be valuable to many. Humphrey can also talk to the experience of moving from private practice to General Counsel to private practice, and steps others might like to take to prepare for those transitions.
China-based experience in managing legal, risk & compliance issues
General Counsel of: COFCO Coca-Cola Beverages Ltd. and COFCO Coca-Cola (China) Investment Co. Ltd.
About Dennis Deng
Dennis is an experienced lawyer and adds an exciting dimension to the team given his experience of being a General Counsel, located in China, for an international company. If your company is active in China, Dennis can be a valuable sounding board on how to address the challenges this market presents.
When regulators or a crisis comes calling
General Counsel of: Monsanto (5 years); EastWest Institute
About Bill Ide
In addition to his enthusiasm for the practice of law, Bill is passionate about helping clients work out how to respond to the crisis or investigation impacting their business. He formerly served as senior vice president and General Counsel of Monsanto Company and was Counsel to the United States Olympic Committee and President of the American Bar Association. With this kind of track record, it’s no wonder clients turn to Bill with their most significant business challenges.
Commercial strategist that will get you from A to B – in style
General Counsel of: Harley-Davidson (Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for 13 years); U. S. News & World Report and its affiliates (General Counsel for 7 years), Sun Life Group of America (Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for 3 years)
About Gail Lione
Spend a few minutes in Gail’s company and you’ll realize how she managed to secure General Counsel positions in companies such as Harley-Davidson. A human dynamo, Gail is passionate in her mentoring of women General Counsels; taking a commercial approach to the business of law and frankly helping others get from A to B in the most effective way possible – based on her experience, contacts and commercial judgment in diverse industries. From international acquisitions, to managing brand and maximizing IP, to advising a Board through all of it……this is all within Gail’s incredible toolset.
Passionate about developing talent and diverse teams
General Counsel of: General Mills, Sara Lee (16 years as General Counsel)
About Rick Palmore
Rick’s passion for coaching and talent development has been honed over many years as a team leader. He has particular insight to bring to those new to a senior role or new to their organization. A life-time campaigner on diversity in the legal profession, he can also help General Counsel leaders build diverse teams and culture in their organization. Rick also has significant expertise on crisis management and counseling on Board matters.
Dr. Christian Schefold
Hotline advice for the challenges keeping you awake at night
Head of Compliance Consultation of: Daimler AG (12 years)
About Dr. Christian Schefold
Christian was co-responsible for setting up a compliance network within the Daimler group worldwide and knows precisely how to define company processes to ensure that legal requirements are aligned with regulations around anti-money laundering, sanctions & export control, tax and contract compliance and data protection & security. Christian’s specialty is making law operable and your organization compliant.
Developing and coaching others across multiple jurisdictions
General Counsel of: Oman Shipping Company (2 years); BP (Legal Manager for 6 years)
About Andrew Figgins
Andy joined the Oman Shipping Company as the first ever in house counsel and in addition to advising on billions of dollars of investment as a sole lawyer while managing legal risk and delivery, he was responsible for designing and developing an in-house department from scratch. He knows first-hand the organisational and cultural challenges involved when trying to establish and lead a legal function in a Middle Eastern organization and how important it is to build a strong local legal team. Andy is passionate about developing and coaching lawyers especially across multiple jurisdictions and industries and brings his experiences and insights from London, Baku, Egypt and Oman as part of his incredible toolset.
Shaping the legal function to deliver on the business priority
Senior Legal Counsel of: Walmart Mexico & Central America (Assistant General Counsel for 4 years and Regional Ethics and Compliance Director for 5 years); Philip Morris International (Senior Legal Counsel for 12 years); El Gallito Industrial (Legal Manager for 5 years)
About Tatiana Reuben
Tatiana has been leading the General Counsel advisory service in Latin America for many years and knows what it takes to design and develop an effective and efficient legal department. She brings an exceptional perspective for companies operating in Central America and internationally and has become a go-to resource for in-house leadership teams to help them accomplish their business goals and priority.
Frequently Asked Questions
Isn’t this something Dentons has been doing all along? What’s new about Nextlaw In-House Solutions?,
Dentons, as the largest and most innovative law firm, has for the past several years leveraged our deep expertise in the GC area, but until now we haven’t unleashed its potential nor integrated proven methodologies that will inevitably benefit clients. While this new service is built upon previous experience, this is a new business opportunity for us and our clients. As we continue to strengthen our long-standing relationships with our clients, we realize that oftentimes the help they need is not traditional legal advice, it's business, process and technology solutions. Like our clients, we are evolving and continuing to innovate.
How much will this service cost?,
We will work with each client individually to assess their individual needs. However, we are moving away from the traditional hourly charge; this is what clients have been asking for and this is what we’ll deliver.
Who is this service specifically designed for?,
We are providing programs that help the General Counsel or Chief Legal Officer work more closely with their law firm, as well as with their C-Suite and Board of Directors.
Nextlaw In-House Solutions is part of Dentons’ Nextlaw portfolio of business and legal consulting solutions. Legal and other services provided by members and affiliates of Dentons Group (a Swiss Verein), Nextlaw Labs, and Nextlaw Global Referral Network LLC pursuant to a written engagement agreement. For more information, please refer to www.dentons.com. © 2018 Nextlaw Labs LLC, © 2018 Nextlaw Global Referral Network LLC and © 2018 Dentons. All Rights Reserved.