Epidemic structural and cultural issues are shackling the potential of General Counsel and commercial firms alike. Institutionalised time-based billing methods are a source of shared frustration, and there is much to be said for how generational change and emerging technologies might affect this highly-strung ecosystem.
Unfortunately, too much of this conversation is being held in whispered tones, which does little to generate impetus for change. Connect Media and VARIO FROM PINSENT MASONS decided to gather leading General Counsel from all sectors of the national economy to spark a constructive and candid dialogue in the hope of creating this change momentum.
Over twenty executives converged for a transparent look at how these different cultural forces and corporate structures interplay, and to consider what must be done to forge a bright new future for the profession as a whole.
VARIO FROM PINSENT MASONS and Connect Media gathered leading national General Counsel in defiance of the enduring stigma surrounding mental health in Corporate Australia. The General Counsel in attendance had a depth of varied experience across both in-house and private practice settings, and should be complimented for the level of candour and vulnerability displayed in a conversation that relied heavily on lived experiences.
Together, we interrogated a number of interwoven challenges, including: diverging generational approaches to communication and privacy; confronting the failings of reflexive institutional responses and entrenched attitudes towards mental health; reconciling competing responsibilities to the individual and the organisation as an entity; moving beyond processes and demonstrating leadership through modelled behaviour; and creating support networks at the heights of corporate leadership.