The legal team of Shell Companies in the Philippines (SCiP) has garnered top-tier honor as the “In-House Legal team of the Year” in Asia and the Middle East North Africa (MENA) regions for exhibiting preeminent competency in their legal practice.
The recent recognition was bestowed to Shell Philippines legal team by the 5th Annual In-House Community Counsel of the Year Awards.
The Filipino team bested over 13 other companies in Asia and MENA regions. The award was a result of the team’s “several milestone achievements, including the protection of an open and competitive fuel market.”
The award holds in esteem the dedication of the team “towards good corporate governance and consistent legal compliance.”
The SCiP legal squad was likewise recognized for being given accreditation by the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) “to conduct in-house training on corporate governance for Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation’s management, board of directors and key officers.”
“This award is a testament to the team’s efforts for the past several years,” further noting that “the team has consistently demonstrated excellence and strong performance by providing legal advice in a pro-active, timely, cost-effective and professional manner,” said Atty. Jannet Regalado, Shell’s vice president for legal.
She added the award, the second recognition that the Philippine team had received from peers, “is proof that indeed the SCiP legal team is one of the best corporate legal teams in the world.” The group also bagged the prestigious Asian Legal Business Award for Philippine In-House team in 2016.
As explained, the “In-House community” is a reputable consortium of in-house legal teams that have been representing most of the largest multinational corporations in the world.
An annual recognition ceremony is held to honor “the top performing legal teams” and these are in various categories, such as: dedication; innovation; efficiency and value; integration; encouragement and improvement; as well as on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and diversity.
As Shell operates across continents in the world, it was noted that “the level of legal competency and acumen is needed to align a company’s business strategy,” and must also keep pace with the regulatory requirements of the international arena.
It cited SCiP’s legal team for its “streamlined legal knowledge management for faster, effective and compliant decision-making.”
With that, the team developed a one-page guideline that “distills the relevant laws and jurisprudence on job contracting, handling competitively sensitive information, and employee discipline and performance management,” hence, enabling its “top and mid-level managers to be more informed of the legal aspects of their transactions.”
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