More connected - BT's GC on plans to overhaul the telecoms giant's legal team
When Dan Fitz took over as BT’s group general counsel in April 2010, it was with the mandate to assess whether the FTSE 100 telecoms giant was getting value for its internal and external legal expenditure – a not insignificant task, considering BT has operations in 170 countries and a legal function divided into six distinct groups headed by six general counsel or chief counsel. Job cuts of around 20% of BT’s workforce in 2008 and 2009, including around the same percentage of cuts within the legal team, also meant Fitz was required to assess whether the structure of the remaining 430-strong legal team was fit for purpose.
Caroline Hill talks to BT group GC Dan Fitz (pictured) about fighting ‘institutional drag’ and building on the telecom giant’s reputation for legal innovation
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