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Looking Glass Report

The role of the General Counsel in navigating the global risk landscape


We are pleased to have collaborated with Winmark to produce this year’s edition of the Looking Glass report. The annual report investigates trends and developments that impact senior legal leaders, both in-house and in private practice.

2020 Report summary

This year's report research carried out Jan - March captures opinions just as COVID19 was emerging, giving us one last glimpse of the 'pre-COVID' concerns of business. It also tracks their thinking as it progressed, providing us with some useful clues as to what the pandemic has done to shift opinions. We have seen how COVID-19 has accelerated changes; some possibly reversed and how new dimensions of risk have been introduced. Also how legal departments have supported their organisations through this time and become an even more essential part of the strategic and resource management of organisations.

Key findings

  1. Risk landscape: COVID-19 has fundamentally changed what was already an increasingly complex, global and fast-moving risk landscape.
  2. Growth: Asia-Pacific (high demand despite political concerns) is the key growth market, but COVID-19 could stymie interest in the region.
  3. Technology & innovation: Businesses are ramping up technological response to COVID-19 but risks persist.
  4. Role of the GC: Boards & GCs aligning in view of risks and roles; concern over operational strategies emerging.

Looking glass report 2020

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Key Contact

Peter Hirst

Senior partner

Peter Hirst is the firm's Senior Partner and chairs Clyde & Co's Management Board. 

He is also Co-Chair of the firm's Global Arbitration Group, and a Professor of Law at the University of Aberdeen specialising in international arbitration and energy law.

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