The UK is home to a number of subsidiary / branch operations of international companies and it is not uncommon for oversight and legal support for such UK operations to be provided by a central legal function located internationally.

This approach can often lead to issues for both the local UK operation and the central legal function where in-country advice tailored to specific local needs is required (for example local relationship management, compliance issues or litigation).

Virtual GC by Brodies can provide a practical and cost certain solution. Benefits include:

  • Access for the local UK operation to an experienced in-house legal counsel with a bespoke charging structure which avoids the commitment to a full-time salary.
  • The Virtual Counsel will build a deep understanding of the local business which will enhance the ability of both the local operation and the central legal function to identify and manage legal risk.
  • Business critical or emergency legal issues can be managed swiftly and efficiently by the Virtual Counsel who can be on hand to provide support and guidance as an integral part of the local executive team.
  • The Virtual Counsel can manage local external advisors to ensure cost efficient advice and free up the executive team to focus on commercial delivery.
  • Assisting with the development of local legal policies and procedures designed to mitigate legal / regulatory risk and enhancing the oversight of the central legal team.
  • Acting as a contact for local notice requirements and assisting with local registration and company secretarial requirements as well as ongoing filing commitments.

Our Virtual GC team has a wealth of cross sector in-house experience across the financial, IT, transport, pharmaceutical, high growth and public sectors. They have been involved in all aspects of the corporate life cycle from strategic initiatives (such as capital raising, investment, M&A, IPO, integration, IT change and the stand-up of strategic partnerships and joint ventures) to business as usual operations (such as the development of contract templates, the design of legal policies / control frameworks and undertaking core company secretarial / governance tasks) and can design a package of support to suit individual client needs.

If you are interested in finding out more about Virtual GC by Brodies please get in touch with Robert Ross.


Robert Ross