Corporate Counsel: Pro bono of contention
Legal teams at a group of major companies have signed up to offer pro bono advice but, discovers Michelle Madsen, the debate on what corporate counsel should do - and expect from advisers - still divides the profession
Pro bono has long been at best a secondary consideration for in-house lawyers. When the Law Society’s rules preventing in-house lawyers from acting for anyone other than their employer were lifted in 1998, corporate counsel finally became able to give pro bono advice but, eight years on, only a handful of in-house teams have taken up the challenge.
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