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Tupperware legal director breaks down effective liaison with lawyers

How to identify and collaborate well with external counsel that best fit the company’s needs is a persistent puzzle for in-house counsel. Nancy Weilegal director at Tupperware (China), and formerly placed at Mayer Brown and Stephenson Harwood, shares valuable insights from her experience on both sides

WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH at full tilt, constant improvement of the rule of law, and business expansion across all sectors, corporate counsel, being a relatively emerging group of legal practitioners in China, continue to grow and mature. In-house counsel groups and alliances are spontaneously formed for the purpose of mutual learning and exchanges among peers.

As in-house counsel are positioned within the companies, they are inevitably malleated by their respective industry and corporate culture. However, their work is still connected by easily identifiable common ground.

Comprehensive nature of risk control. From contract management, advertisement review, intellectual property risk control, dispute prevention and resolution to labor and employment compliance, data compliance and competition law compliance, the handprint of in-house counsel in a company’s risk prevention and control is ubiquitous.

Bridging internal communication and external risk management. To ensure the operation of the company under a lawful and compliant framework, corporate counsel are tasked to carry out internal lecturing and training on regulations and perform routine in-house counsel reviews, while additionally playing a pivotal leading role in preventing and resolving external risks. It is imperative that they grasp the key points of both duties and achieve balance.

TYPES OF EXTERNAL COUNSEL

Matching the pieces, Nancy Wei
Nancy Wei

Based on the author’s understanding and observation of China’s legal profession, law firms in China can be largely classified as follows:

(1) “Red circle” firms, the top eight law firms in the Chinese legal market in terms of annual revenue that handle a great number of major, difficult, complex and well-known cases and

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