Forget notions of ‘disruption’ or ‘new law’. For over 7 years, Blackstone Waterhouse has offered short, medium and long term secondment arrangements or ‘General Counsel’ services to clients across the property, planning and construction spectrum – from SMEs to publicly listed and international contractors and developers.

Our general counsel services combine the flexibility of the law firm model with the cost certainty of employing an in-house lawyer. You get access to a senior lawyer for a fixed number of hours every week, as well as on call, whenever you need them. From junior or mid-level lawyers to senior partner/special counsel level practitioners, this additional service offering provides clients as an alternative to our standard time billing framework.

Clients have used such services for specific projects – such as a watching brief on an arbitration or litigation, or for the convenience of having a notional ‘in house’ lawyer for more general legal services.

When you choose our general counsel service, you’ll always have someone on hand to help guide your decision making, analysing the risks and explaining your options in a practical and commercial way. You’ll also know that every commercial decision you make is also the best legal one.

Our general counsel services give you:

  • a cost-effective way to access an experienced specialist lawyer who can guide your commercial decisions;
  • on-call advice on the legal issues that impact on the day-to-day running of your business;
  • a flexible legal resource backed by the strength of Blackstone Waterhouse’s team; and
  • the potential to cover gaps in your in-house team – such as extended leave periods – on a part time, flexible and bespoke basis – tailored to your business requirements.