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In-House Lawyers’ Development Programme 2022

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-House lawyers tell us that they value the opportunity to take time out from business as usual to meet with other in-house lawyers and talk about all those issues relevant to their roles and careers, which can get lost in the hurly burly of everyday legal practice. So, we developed a structured programme of six virtual sessions to allow small groups of lawyers to get together and share their experience, learn from others and build their networks.

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. 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. 

Do come along and participate in the discussion. We’d love to see you.

Synopsis of the 2022 sessions

Here is a brief summary of each session, together with examples of some of the discussion points that we may cover. 

Session 1. Defining the Purpose of the In-House Lawyer - 19th January

  • 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. 

Session 2. Personal Effectiveness for In-House Lawyers - 9th March 

  • The skills and behaviours needed to be effective, trusted and valued;
  • Influencing and persuading; 
  • Communication;
  • Personal resilience. 

Session 3. Developing an In-House Career - 4th May 

  • Career planning;
  • Mentors and coaches,
  • When to move roles; and 
  • Life beyond the law. 

Session 4. Providing a 1st Class Legal Service - 6th July

  • Legal strategy and business planning;
  • Prioritising the work;
  • Managing clients’ expectations;
  • Measuring performance and articulating value.

Session 5. Leading and Managing Others - 14th September

  • Leading versus managing;
  • Managing up, down and sideways;
  • Getting recruitment and induction right; and
  • Structuring and resourcing. 

Session 6. Working with Others - 2nd November 

  • Ways of collaborating;
  • Working with senior management and the board;
  • Networks and networking;
  • Mapping future changes and risks. 

To register or find out more either use the links above or visit our events page.