Creating a Legal Smart Grid

Iain Jacobs, Managing Director (former General Counsel, Alstom Service Sector) The Contract Centre, Switzerland

This article describes the benefits of creating a virtual network, designed to offer part-time lawyers and retirees a way back into the workforce in the most efficient manner, for the benefit of in-house legal departments. What do you do when after many years in-house with the same Company, you suddenly find yourself on the street following an internal restructuring? Or you reach retirement age, but do not wish to mow the lawn for your remaining 20 year life expectancy? Or you take time out to have children? Traditionally in such circumstances, one’s career was heavily compromised, if not over. Theoretically of course, one option was part-time working. However, companies have been reluctant to embrace the concept of “part-time lawyers”. However, there is no natural law which decrees things have to stay that way, here, in the 21st Century.

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Switzerland Management General February 2010 Vol. 3, No. 10, Winter 2010

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Iain Jacobs is qualified as a Scottish Solicitor and is also admitted to the New York Bar. He worked for law firms in London, New York and Strasbourg, before spending 14 years in-house with Alstom, most recently as General Counsel of its Service Sector. He is the Managing Director of The Contract Centre.

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The Contract Centre GmbH (www.thecontractcentre.com) which advises companies on contract and technology issues. The Contract Centre is a majority women-owned company that distributes 50% of its profits to charitable causes.

Switzerland Management General February 2010 Vol. 3, No. 10, Winter 2010
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