The obvious difference between working in-house and working in private practice is that in-house legal teams work INSIDE the company. And when you work INSIDE a company, you have to work well with other teams if you expect to know what’s going on and to best serve the needs of the business. But for a department that’s worked in silo for decades, and for highly talented professionals whose education generally focuses on technical skills, it’s not always easy for in-house lawyers to collaborate effectively with other teams. So, how can legal teams ace cross-functional collaboration? This is exactly what we’re exploring today with the wonderful Sarah Irwin. Sarah shares how the role of in-house legal has changed over recent years, as well as how in-house lawyers can embed cross-functional collaboration to improve the performance of their legal department and better enjoy their day-to-day roles.
Sarah is the Head of Legal and Company Secretary at Tines. She provide legal support and advice across all aspects of the business. Sarah's expertise includes commercial, technology and privacy law, corporate and M&A, corporate governance, employment, data protection, cyber security, competition and regulatory and litigation. Sarah is also the Founder and Chair of Irish Tech General Counsel, a supportive peer forum set up to connect in-house lawyers at Irish technology companies, prevent them from feeling isolated in their day to day work and help them become better strategic business leaders.