Board Talk

In-House Lawyer - Thursday 1st August 2002

This article reports on the roundtable discussion in association with Pinsent Curtis Biddle that took place at La Porte des Indes in London's West End. Participants included Nick Deeming, BOC Group's head of legal and Law Society Council member Paul Gilbert.

First Law was also a panelist. He commented on the issue of in-house lawyers' appointment to the Board of Directors:

"Lawyers are trained to think backwards over past case law and to be risk-averse, whereas entreprenuers are forward thinking risk-takers. So while many lawyers are entreprenuerial they have a handicap in that they have spent their training supressing their natural skills. It is the perception of that disadvantage (whether it exists or not) that creates the glass ceiling."