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Defining the purpose of the in-house lawyer

Development session 2022

  • Event date: 19 January 2022 08:30 AM
  • Event type: Discussion
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Provided by: The Centre for Legal Leadership

Now approaching its 4th year, the CLL Development Programme is an interactive programme built around all those matters that matter to in-house lawyers and covering skills, management, leadership, strategy, relationships and career. It’s open to all in-house lawyers, wherever you work and whatever your level of experience. 

Each session emphasises a different aspect of the in-house lawyer’s role and career and we encourage participants to bring along any issues of particular interest to them.

In this session, we will be discussing what it means to define your purpose as an in-house lawyer and how you can go about, whether for yourself or for a wider legal team. We’ll also consider the role of the Head Lawyer and how this frames the work of the legal team and touch on issues of legal ethics and advising on legal risk. 

Given that your organisation has a legal function, you may think it’s obvious to all concerned what your role and purpose is. However, you may find that there are different and perhaps conflicting ideas about where the lawyers should be focusing their time and attention. This lack of clarity can result in lawyers’ trying to meet unrealistic demands and feeling that they’re simply firefighting.

Points for discussion:

  • Why defining purpose matters, how to go about it and communicate it;
  • How the head lawyer’s role frames the work of the legal team;
  • Legal ethics in practice; and 
  • Advising on legal risk. 

The sessions last for 90 minutes and start at 8.30 am to fit in with our participants’ schedules. They take place under Chatham House rule and we don’t record the sessions or publicise attendance.

Attendance is free. You can attend all the sessions or any combination of them. 

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