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April 14, 2017

Americas: Do Event Legal Reviews Make Your Eyes Glaze Over?

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I’ve interacted with plenty of corporate legal departments throughout my career, and I’ll admit it: reviewing legalese is not something I look forward to doing. The truth is, most meeting pros feel the same way, invariably referring to the legal review process as a “necessary evil” (akin to, say, a root canal).

But evil or not (and like it or not, especially here in the U.S.—one of the most litigious countries in the world), ensuring that appropriate legal language coverage and insurance are in place for events is a necessity—and it’s your job. There’s a tendency to relegate anything legal to your corporate legal department, but beware. I know a professional who lost her job when a contractual legal dispute came up and she threw her legal counsel under the bus. Long, ugly story, but, in short, she lost her position because the company determined that she, as the subject-matter expert, should have been more proactive in guiding the lawyers to review specific areas of the agreement that were problematic.

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