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In-house lawyers' development programme 2020

We are pleased to announce our sessions for 2020!

This unique programme, now in it's second year, is designed specifically to allow those attending to focus on issues of interest and importance to them without prescribing what must be covered in each session. 

Session #1 - Developing an in-house career

In this first session of the 2020 programme we will explore how in-house lawyers can develop their careers; how this looks in different types of organisation; the skills and attributes needed to build a successful in-house career; the role of managers and mentors in developing others; and the role of career planning.

Session #2 - Being personally effective

This session is concerned with those skills and behaviours that support in-house lawyers in being effective in their roles and how these form the basis of a successful career. Relevant matters include understanding and applying the law; understanding risk in your organisation; communicating legal advice; working with others; and dealing with pressure.      

Session #3 – Resilience, reputation and personal networks

In this session we are concerned with resilience, reputation and networks and how these play an important role in developing an effective and valued in-house legal team. We will discuss what resilience looks like and how it is developed; how reputation is built, maintained and undermined; and the importance of building networks inside and outside the organisation.

Session #4 – Managing lawyers in-house

Career progression in-house will often mean taking a role with management responsibilities. In this session we look at managing, including clarifying roles and purpose; effective delegation; developing others; dealing with under-performance and bad habits; and being a role model.

Session #5 – Delivering the legal service to your organisation

In this session we will explore different aspects of providing a relevant, effective and valued service to the organisation, including clarifying the purpose of the team; prioritising workloads; outsourcing and working with external lawyers; helpful technologies; the role of feedback; and defining value and contribution.

Session #6 – Managing Up

The importance of managing up and doing it well can sometimes be overlooked when considering what makes a successful manager. In this session we look specifically at managing up, including why it matters; strategies that work and those that do not; managing up to lawyers and other executives; prioritising what’s important to your manager(s); reporting in a way that helps your manager and clarifies contribution and value.

Should you be interested in attending any of these sessions or would like further details, please contact us!