Has Social Media Changed the Skills Required of the General Counsel Function?
Derek Walsh, Counsel & Group General Counsel, Royal & Sun Alliance, UK
“Act in haste, repent at leisure” is perhaps a fitting mantra for any aspiring lawyer. Reflecting on a problem is significantly preferable to acting too quickly and giving advice which we spend a long time regretting.
This mantra is under challenge. Increasingly businesses need its General Counsel (GC) and their function to exercise judgement in very tight timescales. GCs now need to act decisively and with speed, perhaps something for which we have not traditionally been known.
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