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Recognising in-house innovation, quality and excellence

For 30 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. In a new series, The Legal 500, in collaboration with Legal BusinessGC Magazine and The In-house Lawyer, is turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognizing those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward.

The GC Powerlist is a series of publications, highlighting the most influential in-house lawyers in business today.

How can you be involved?

We would like law firm partners and in-house counsel to nominate corporate counsel that have been instrumental in:

  • changing or forming opinions within their company or industry
  • have developed brilliant technical solutions to complex issues
  • created innovative structures to ensure that the in-house function is driving the business forward
  • provided a business working model that other corporate counsel should follow

Our team of experienced researchers will assess the nominations, and will speak to both general counsel and nominating-lawyer on the long-list to finalise each jurisdictional list. The final editorial will feature not just information on why that individual has made the list, but also comment from the law firms about how they feel individual corporate counsel have helped shape innovation in the legal industry.


Building on the research already carried out for The Legal 500, we will speak to key partners at the leading law firms and in-house counsel across the globe, to identify the most powerful corporate legal advisers. Individuals will not be ranked in order of preference, or by quotas according to industry sectors. The final lists will simply highlight the best that the in-house market has to offer.


If you have feedback on the GC Powerlist Series, or wish to find out more about nominations, please contact David Burgess at corporatecounsel@legal500.com.

For information on sponsorship of the GC Powerlist Series, or to discuss advertising opportunities, please contact Gurpartap Basra on:

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 396 5626

Event Reports

GC Powerlist: Sweden

On 20 September, The Legal 500 were delighted to host a celebratory reception to launch the very first GC Powerlist Sweden at our partner, Hamilton Advokatbyrå’s office in Stockholm. GC Powerlist Sweden, following a substantial research process, recognises the innovation and excellence of 80 general counsel. The event was one of celebration but also gave …

GC Powerlist: Argentina Teams

The success of the GC Powerlist publication across Latin America over the course of the last three years has been such that it is easy to presume such events automatically run like clockwork. Once in a while, however, even the best-laid plans go awry… With a remarkable venue – ‘Le Mansión’ at the Four Seasons …

GC Powerlist: The Team Elite

On 18 April 2018, in-house guests gathered for the launch of our sixth annual GC Powerlist, The Team Elite, which looked at the outstanding in-house legal teams for the second time. In attendance were key representatives from FTSE 100 companies such as the Financial Times, Legal & General and Shire.

GC Powerlist Iberia (Portugal)

On June 7, The Legal 500 launched the GC Powerlist: Iberia (Portugal), showcasing the country’s leading general counsel, alongside their counterparts in Spain. In partnership with our headline sponsors, Portuguese firm PLMJ Network, and Andersen Tax & Legal and Iterlegis from Spain, the reception was held at Eleven Restaurant in Lisbon. The launch event featured …

GC Powerlist: Iberia (Spain)

The Iberia GC Powerlist in Madrid was blessed with fine weather as we celebrated the launch of the third edition on the rooftop of the Casino de Madrid where some 130 guests from key corporates – including Vestas, Sacyr, Avon, Iberdrola, Hiscox, Microsoft, Paypal, Repsol, Danone, Dow Chemical, IKEA, Hispasat, Euskatel,Planeta, Google, La LIga, SGS, …

GC Powerlist: Summer Reception 2018

Following on from the launch earlier this year of the 2018 GC Powerlist, we teamed up with our sponsors to assemble an audience of more than 70 in-house counsel in London for an informal discussion from the lawyers working at the coal-face.

Upcoming Events

GC Powerlist: Southeast Asia

Thu 7 Mar 2019 | Singapore, Singapore

Private Practice Powerlist – African Specialists

Thu 24 Jan 2019 | London, England

GC Powerlist: Turkey Teams

Thu 6 Dec 2018 | Istanbul, Turkey

GC Powerlist: China Teams 2018

Thu 6 Dec 2018 | Shanghai, China

GC Powerlist: Switzerland

Thu 29 Nov 2018 | Zurich, Switzerland

GC Powerlist: Central America Roundtable

Thu 29 Nov 2018 | San Salvador, El Salvador

GC Powerlist: Africa

Thu 29 Nov 2018 | London, England

GC Powerlist: Central & Eastern Europe

Thu 22 Nov 2018 | Warsaw, Poland

GC Powerlist: Germany Teams

Thu 22 Nov 2018 | , Germany

GC Powerlist: Central America

Thu 22 Nov 2018 | San Juan, Puerto Rico