Title: The role of corporate counsel in the new governance model: sound policy or another quick fix?

Authors: Hugh P. Gunz, Sally P. Gunz, Robert V.A. Jones

Addresses: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. M5S 1A1, Canada. ' University of Waterloo, 200, University Avenue, Waterloo, Ont. N2L 3G1, Canada. ' RVA Jones Associates Inc., Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Abstract: The role of corporate counsel in the corporate governance process has been long overlooked. This paper uses recent comments by Breeden as the springboard for a discussion of the issues surrounding significant roles for lawyers in corporations. It considers these both from a practical and a theoretical perspective and identifies why it is problematic merely to assume hiring lawyers will ensure good compliance both in terms of legal and ethical obligations.

Keywords: corporate counsel; corporate governance; ethics; ethical decision making; corporate lawyers.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBGE.2004.005249

International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 2004 Vol.1 No.2/3, pp.126 - 136

Published online: 16 Sep 2004 *

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