Several years ago I wrote that many more general counsel in the UK report below the CEO than do US general counsel (See my post of April 12, 2006: UK GCs report less often to CEOs than the 80%+ mark in the US.). Since then, that disadvantage appears to have diminished. In the benchmarking survey of legal risk and compliance, prepared in early 2009 and published by the Practical Law Company at 8, responses from 69 companies suggest a different profile.
For nearly two thirds of the respondents, the top lawyer reports directly to the CEO. “Around a third report directly to the chairman or president of the company” adds the report, which suggests either there is no CEO position or the GC does not report to him or her.