Getting to the Heart of The Business: How Legal is Moving up The Value Chain: Driving Efficiency and Effectiveness in a Global Legal Team

Ruth Daniels, General Counsel, CPA Global

In the post financial crisis world of greater regulatory scrutiny and a stronger focus on corporate governance and compliance, the enforced modus operandi for many legal and regulatory teams is to do more work with the same - or fewer - resources. At the same time, as commercial and competitive pressures grow, companies are increasingly expecting their legal teams to be true business enablers - dispelling perceptions of “Legal” as business blockers. Indeed, in many organisations today, the legal team has become far more involved in the broader business strategic agenda, either through necessity or proactive inclusion, and, in the process, has moved up the value chain.

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United Kingdom Management Consultant August 2014 Vol. 7, No. 28, Summer 2014

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Ruth Daniels has global responsibility for CPA Global's legal function and is a member of the executive management team. Daniels has a strong legal and commercial management background, with particular experience in the eCommerce, technology, multi-media, and social networking sectors. Prior to joining CPA Global, Daniels was with Ancestry.com Inc, the US based on-line family history and social networking business, where she was Vice President of Legal for the International business as well as managing its China and content acquisition businesses at various stages. Daniels began her legal career with DLA Piper in the UK, where she qualified as an IP lawyer and was an Associate in their Technology, Media & Communications Group, which included secondments with IPC Media, ITV and T-Mobile. She subsequently joined Pinsent Masons as Senior Associate in their Outsourcing, Technology & Commercial Group. Before moving into law, Daniels worked for several years in retail and marketing roles with such blue chip companies as Marks & Spencer, Accenture, and Saatchi & Saatchi.

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CPA Global is the world's leading intellectual property (IP) management and IP software specialist, and an international provider of outsourced legal services. With offices across Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific, CPA Global supports many of the world’s best known corporations and law firms with a range of IP and broader legal services, helping them to manage risk, cost and capacity, and realise greater value for their businesses and IP assets. CPA Global helps corporates and law firms in managing valuable IP Rights, such as patents, designs and trademarks, ensuring that IP portfolios are protected, maintained and regularly reviewed in order to maximise value. Working closely with its clients, CPA Global ensures they have the best information on which to base IP decisions, and the best support in terms of helping implement those decisions. Services include patent portfolio optimisation; patent research and analytics; patent and trademark renewals; IP software solutions; as well as other IP support services such as docketing, trademark watching and domains management. CPA Global is also a leading player in the outsourced legal services sector, providing high quality and cost-efficient legal support services such as transaction support, contract management, anti-bribery and compliance, and legal research through global delivery centres in Europe, the US and India. Founded in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1969, CPA Global today employs more than 1,800 people, serving clients’ needs in 200 jurisdictions through its own offices and an extensive agent network. For further information, please visit: www.cpaglobal.com.

United Kingdom Management Consultant August 2014 Vol. 7, No. 28, Summer 2014
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