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How to be good at Government Relations - and why it matters

By Anthony Inglese on 05/08/2018

Businesses need to know about government’s plans and actions for tax, employment, regulation and legislation. And government needs to understand how its decisions affect organisations of all types across the country.

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Knowledge, development and learning curves

By Paul Bentall on 29/07/2018

Taking a tour around the CLL articles recently got me thinking about skills and the extent to which lawyers are equipped to carry out senior roles in their organisations, whether in the commercial or public sectors.

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What I have learnt from my line managers

By Anthony Inglese on 25/07/2018

I tend to learn from the example of people around me. If I think it’s good, I follow it or adapt it. As an in-house lawyer for nearly 40 years in government I had plenty of colleagues to learn from at all times and levels, including lawyers, civil servants and government ministers.

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Making the case for extra resources

By Pavel Klimov on 17/07/2018

My advice is to start by doing the necessary background work. Gather data on your existing resources, their activities and levels of utilisation.

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Contracts advice and training

By Bruce Macmillan on 11/07/2018

Training is a critical element of any compliance programme and with the increased emphasis placed on robust compliance programmes by enforcement authorities, it is important that you get it right.

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Gender recognition

By Rachel Reese on 01/07/2018

When the Gender Recognition Act passed in 2004, it was thought to be a state-of-the-art piece of legislation.

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Dispute resolution: what do clients really want?

By Andrew Hildebrand on 10/06/2018

A more efficient way of getting disputes resolved effectively, while minimising waste, including time and money.

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Why it's critical to get to know your IT function

By Steve Bynghall on 29/05/2018

When things don’t go right, IT functions often get the blame. This can lead to (unfair) negative perceptions of the IT department and even misunderstandings between IT staff and other support teams.

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Jargon: fluency an advantage, but should it be essential?

By Howard Smith on 20/05/2018

Here, we look at office jargon – where it comes from, why people use it and how some of the most commonly used examples translate into plain English.

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The lawyer in the room!

By Paul Bentall on 15/05/2018

Overcoming fixed ideas about you. If you're new in an in-house legal role, it can come as a surprise to realise that the knowledge and skills you worked so hard to build and develop are not always an instant hit with your non-legal colleagues. Indeed some of them can (sometimes) appear downright unappreciative!

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