Akzo case will preserve in-house pay gap
The recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgment on legal professional privilege in the Akzo Nobel case has caused much angst among in-house lawyers, but has been largely dismissed by commentators as merely maintaining the status quo. While this may be correct from a legal and operational point of view, an unforeseen negative consequence of the decision for senior in-house counsel is that it will reinforce the compensation gap between them and private practice lawyers.
The Akzo Nobel judgment is bad news for in-house lawyers, says Scott Gibson, and will probably hit them in the pocket
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