These additional roles are quite important.
As a preliminary matter, the expertise of in-house counsel is often relied upon by employees in other departments. The Human Resources department, for example, often solicits opinions and advice from in-house counsel. These opinions involve the proper interpretations of employee benefit plans for Price Waterhouse employees, the solicitation of opinions regarding equality in the workplace, and compliance with new legislation or amendments to existing legislation. In short, the in-house counsel, each with their own particular area of expertise, serve as in-house legal advisors to other departments. In addition, the in-house counsel serve as advisors to executives. They offer advice on issues of professional ethics, they give opinions when certain potential transactions do not fall clearly within a particular law, and they aid with ensuring compliance with regulatory matters. It is important to note that while in-house counsel are divided by area of expertise, they are also committed more generally to serving Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP as the client; in this way, in-house counsel are duty-bound to assist in all areas of the company's operations.
In addition, the in-house counsel do conduct continuing education and training for the benefit of the employees.