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Off-hand advice, not off-putting at all, on the off-chance that you deal off the cuff with off-the-main-road areas of the law

An article in Asian-Counsel, e-edition, Vol. 7, July/Aug. at 18, gives advice to in-house attorneys who encounter a legal question or task that is unfamiliar to them. The three choices are cleverly summarized:

“Such in-house counsel generally have three options available to them: finding someone else to do the work (the “trade-off”); farming out the situation to external counsel (the “farm-off”); or simply ignoring the situation (the “brush-off”). Put differently, unless you dive in and learn something about the issue, you can delegate, instruct, or pray.

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