Book Review: Lawyers in Business and the Law Business by Karl J. Mackie (1989)
Law & Policy in International Business, Vol. 21, 1989
17 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2019
Date Written: 1989
Professor Mackie's study of the in-house lawyer in Australia and Great Britain, Lawyers in Business, touches on many current issues involving the growth of the in-house bar and suggests some useful comparisons between Great Britain and the United States. Nonetheless, this book does little to advance a serious understanding of the complicated, interrelated roles of in-house lawyers and their outside counterparts.
Besides an extensive review of the pertinent scholarly literature, Lawyers in Business rests on sixty-four interviews, each lasting between ninety and one hundred and fifty minutes. Thirty-four interviews were with in-house counsel for twenty-six companies, and the others were with attorneys practicing in a variety of work environments, including sixteen lawyers in private practice and seven corporate managers. This approach to the subject gives the reader the impression he is at a large cocktail party, hearing tidbits from a number of conversations. The net result is a hazy perception that many interesting things were said but no clear sense of what ties them together.
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