The Corporate Counsel Credo eventuated as a result of discussions at our In-House Community Congress events, where counsel suggested that they would find such a document useful in meeting their ethical, legal and business commitments and responsibilities within their organisations. The Credo has been created in conjunction with a number of our Thought Leaders, and we sincerely hope it will be a useful tool to all in-house counsel in their roles.

A downloadable PDF version for sharing is also below.


I shall, at all times:

  1. Remember that I am the legal and ethical conscience of my organisation and conduct myself accordingly
  2. Remember that I am a lawyer first, with an overriding duty and responsibility to my profession and the general public
  3. Ensure my organisation’s long-term interests and reputation are paramount in my work
  4. Proactively identify, manage and mitigate my organisation’s legal and regulatory risk, legitimately pressing the interests of my organisation to the fullest extent permitted by law
  5. Strive to thoroughly understand my organisation and its business so that I am able to provide outcome-led, practical, innovative and cost effective advice and assistance
  6. Partner with my organisation’s business leaders to capture opportunities utilising the full potential of the law
  7. Maintain my legal technical skills and continue to educate myself on changes in the law relevant to my organisation and its regulatory environment
  8. Manage my costs to deliver the best available advice and assistance for the best price to my organisation
  9. Endeavour to attract, retain and develop the best legal talent for my organisation

© Pacific Business Press Limited & the In-House Community


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