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Out (side counsel) of Africa

The power of in-house counsel in Africa is growing.

GCs at African companies are increasingly bringing work in house and have more control over their legal spending, according to an article in The Lawyer.

Traditionally, in-house legal teams in Africa are small, and a lot of the work is sent to outside counsel.

“It’s evolving towards a mix of internal and external. There’s no magic formula. There are areas such as statutory work and general transactional areas where it makes economic sense to bring work in-house,” Michael Spivey, group general counsel of South African retail company Massmart, told The Lawyer.

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