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From firefighting to efficiency: how to manage the workload

2023 Development sessions

  • Event date: 21 March 2023 12:00 PM
  • Event type: Discussion
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Provided by: The Centre for Legal Leadership

Now in its 5th year, the CLL Development Programme is an interactive series built around all those issues 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. 

A successful in-house legal function is sometimes seen as one that is flush with work, where everyone is working flat out to try and keep up with the never-ending demand from clients. The thinking goes that “It’s not easy or comfortable but we must be doing things right otherwise people wouldn’t be beating down the door for our help.”

But while you’re busy and in demand, it may also be true that you never seem to have the time to think about the value of what you’re doing or whether there may be ways of doing things better. And you know that the lawyers are under increasing pressure and that morale is low or slipping. Essentially, fire-fighting is the legal team’s business as usual.  

In this session, we’ll explore questions and issues such as: -

“I recognise the need to prioritise but isn’t it our job to meet the demand for legal services? Or should we be pushing back on doing certain work, which may be unpopular”? 

“I’m a lawyer. My job is to give legal advice not to be thinking about strategy, resources and budgets. Besides, I don’t have the time anyway.”

“We’d like to do things differently but our clients rely on us and changes would be unwelcome or too time consuming.” 

“I know I should devote more time to thinking about how we can be more effective but I really don’t know where to start and, frankly, it’s easier to focus on the next item in my in-tray. I’d really like some help with this.”

“Yes, morale amongst the lawyers is not great but I’m really not sure how to improve things.”       

The sessions last for 60 minutes and start at 12 noon. 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. 

Fill in the form below to register or contact us here for more info and to register for multiple development sessions.