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The Rise of the Company Legal Department

  • Karl J. Mackie

Abstract

There is no statutory requirement on companies to employ an in-house lawyer as such1 nor to maintain a legal department of any size. So there is no official starting date for this institution, nor an official history. The in-house lawyer ‘just growed’. A company can choose to rely entirely on external legal advice, and many of course do. The rise of the in-house lawyer represents, therefore, a product of business decisions on the means by which companies should obtain legal services.

Keywords

Private Practice European Economic Community Legal Service Statutory Requirement Legal Cost 
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Copyright information

© Karl J. Mackie 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl J. Mackie
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  1. 1.University of NottinghamUK

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