Dentons, the world’s largest law firm by number of legal staff, has put together a team of over 50 former general counsel to run its new consultancy venture NextLaw In-House Solutions. The new undertaking offers advice and mentoring to in-house lawyers.
As in-house counsel continue to play an important role the world over, NextLaw targets in-house counsel, who often have limited resources for building contemporary, effective operations in managing new legal problems, legal technologies, procurement processes and various other types of legal service.
Chris Pinnington CEO of Nextlaw In-House Solutions said, “As part of Dentons, the largest, most innovative law firm in the world, we enjoy unique advantages, including the privilege of working with and learning from sophisticated clients across the globe, spanning diverse industry sectors, legal systems and cultures. One thing we consistently hear is that our clients are under enormous pressure, not just to resolve legal issues but to deliver business solutions, play a more strategic role in the C-Suite, modernize their legal departments, redefine processes and implement the latest technologies."
Elliott Portnoy, Dentons Global CEO, said: "Dentons is at the forefront of reinventing the legal profession, and Nextlaw In-House Solutions is a further step in a comprehensive strategy to lead transformation and disruption in the industry."
"With the launch of Nextlaw Labs in 2015, Nextlaw Global Referral Network in 2016, Nextlaw Public Affairs Network in 2017, and now Nextlaw In-House Solutions, Dentons is demonstrating that we are a catalyst for change in the delivery of solutions to the challenges confronting our clients. Nextlaw In-House Solutions teams will be on the same side of the table as their clients delivering solutions to the real problems facing in-house counsel," said Dentons Global Chair Joe Andrew.
“Other firms market to clients, while we are focused on their real, day-to-day challenges. In-house counsels have clients as well, the business leaders, and while Dentons and other law firms will provide solid legal advice, the in house-counsel need more. They need someone who understands the pressures they are under, because they have been in the same situations, and can provide guidance on how to manage those pressures," added Andrew.