Managing and Leading an Effective In-House Legal Department
Introduction from the Course Presenters
Two practical days to understand current best practice and creative value-added solutions to your management challenges
Why you should attend this programme?
Overwhelming volumes of activity, demanding response time and shortage of resource seem to be the fate of many legal departments. It needs to justify its existence and develop clarity and consensus about what it focuses on and how it is resourced. This has to be done in the context of how the organisation manages legal risk and uses legal services.
This programme enables you to take a step back from the overloaded in-box and explore the options open to you. It includes discussion on issues and solutions, with concurrent workshops, as well as the evaluation of sample materials.
Concurrent practical workshops
The programme features concurrent workshop sessions that addresses the key challenges faced by all organisations when trying to refocus resource to meet the demands of the business. The workshop is split by interest depending on whether you have a multi jurisdictional team or are based in one location.
Who should attend?
- Heads of legal teams or those aspiring to manage other lawyers
- Legal affairs directors and managers
- Private practice lawyers contemplating a move to a senior in-house role
Please note that this seminar is relevant to whatever jurisdiction you are practicing in. It is relevant to those working in one in-house team in one location as well as those working in dispersed in-house teams covering several jurisdiction.
This programme will explain how to:
- ENSURE that legal risk and the need for legal services are managed coherently to reduce exposure
- DEAL with budgetary issues and manage resources to stay cost-effective
- EFFECTIVELY select and manage external lawyers to secure valuable service delivery
- INFLUENCE and persuade colleagues to ensure all parts of the organisation recognise and manage their legal risk
- TAKE a strategic role in the organisation to make a useful contribution to growth and success
- ENCOURAGE members of the legal team to contribute more than legal advice to highlight the added value of your department
- UNDERSTAND the challenges and risks of managing cross-jurisdictional teams to deliver more effective solutions
As well as receiving full background notes and documentation, delegates will also receive a copy of the recently published Thorogood publication, Managing In-House Legal Services.
Programme - Day 1
The challenges confronting in-house lawyers
The need and demands for legal services and in-house resourcing options
- Building the full picture
- Supporting business development and preservation
- Assessing future needs
- Risk appetite and corporate culture
- Compliance roles and challenges
- Pressures on the organisation and the legal team
*Risk appetite, corporate culture and compliance challenges
Resourcing legal services – selecting external providers
- Selection methods
- Business involvement in:
Refocusing legal department resource
Workshop 1 In-house team in one location covering one jurisdiction
Workshop 2 Dispersed in-house team covering several jurisdictions
Business acumen for in-house lawyers
- Management processes
- Useful tools and jargon
- Bottom line impact of legal activity
- Increasing commercial awareness
Maximising resources within budget constraints
- Optimising portfolios
- Quality assurance
- Information management
- Support staff
- Work environment
Programme - Day 2
Legal awareness for non-lawyers
- Getting management buy-in
- The case for legal awareness
- Developing an awareness programme
- Proven techniques
Orchestrating the cost effective contribution of external providers
- Scoping effort
- Remuneration options
- Securing added value
- Cultural nuances
Expectations of the legal team
- Client care
- Aligning legal strategy to organisational strategy
- Reporting lines
- Client discipline
- Setting expectation
- Supporting the commercial objectives
Developing the in-house team
- Competency profiles
- Skills development training
- Performance management
Leadership and performance management challenges
Workshop 1 Functional responsibility without authority
Workshop 2 High-performer with adversarial or non co-operative attitude
- Continuous improvement
- Staying up-to-date and engaged
A year in the life of a head of a legal team
- Planning your effort
- Reconciling your efforts
Mark Prebble During his 21 years as an employed in-house lawyer, Mark worked for ICI and The BOC Group plc in the UK, and Biogen and SGS in Switzerland. He held the positions of General Counsel at SGS and Group Legal Adviser at The BOC Group plc. Since 1998 when he established Lawyers in Business, Mark has worked with in-house legal departments, providing coaching and support for in-house lawyers, wherever located, on management issues, legal department performance and projects involving raising legal awareness. Mark runs workshops for in-house lawyers in Europe and Asia. He also undertakes project management work for businesses, which have no legal department and interim management of legal departments.
Richard Norman is as an international business lawyer. He has worked in Europe, Asia and America for four multinational companies. He held the position of Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs for Dell Inc. from 1993 to 2006, where he built up and managed the 40-strong European legal team from inception as well as establishing the Asia Pacific Legal Department. He was a key member of Dell’s European Management Team and played a significant role in the multi-billion dollar growth of the EMEA business. He was a member of General Counsel’s executive staff and also managed Government Relations issues in individual countries and with the EU in Brussels. Richard joined Dell from Tektronix, Inc. where he was European Legal Counsel based in Switzerland. Previously he worked for Hoover Plc and Grand Metropolitan Plc in London. In addition to working as a consultant for Lawyers in Business, Richard acts as an adviser to a Zurich law firm and leads further education course for lawyers at the Universities of Zurich and Luzern in Switzerland.
Anthony Inglese was the top lawyer in five government departments before his retirement. His last legal department won two awards in 2013 for Best In-House Public Sector legal team of the year. He is the leading trainer of lawyers within the Government Legal Service on professionalism and ethics, having trained over 2,500 lawyers during the last 25 years.
Tim Bratton is Practice Development Director at Lawyers On Demand (LOD), the alternative legal service. In this role he works with LOD’s in-house and law firm clients to help them manage their changing workloads more efficiently. Prior to joining LOD, Tim held the position of General Counsel of the Financial Times for almost 10 years where he re-modelled the delivery of legal services within the FT. He managed a highly respected legal and compliance team of 12 providing advice to the FT’s commercial and editorial operations worldwide. Tim qualified as a solicitor in 1998 at Denton Hall (now Dentons) specialising in the TMT sector. He is also a renowned industry tweeter, blogger and speaker.
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This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:
- Solicitors Regulation Authority: 11.00 hours
Previous customers include...
- DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals Netherlands B.V.
- Adobe Systems Europe Ltd
- Askari Commercial Bank Ltd
- Axpo Holding AG
- Bank For International Settlements
- Bank of Ghana
- Callcredit Ltd
- Civil Aviation Authority
- COMPANHIA DE SEGUROS FIDELIDADE SA
- Corporación Medichem, SL
- Edinburgh Research & Innovation
- Eli Lilly & Company Ltd
- Eversheds LLP
- Fokus Bank ASA
- HEMOFARM AD
- Ignis Asset Management
- KEPCO E&C
- Kleinwort Benson (Channel Islands) Ltd
- Lloyds Register EMEA
- MTN Nigeria Communications
- Myriad Group AG
- Northumbria Police
- Philip Morris Kazakhstan
- Phillips 66 Limited
- Western Union Financial Services GmbH
What previous delegates say...
“Interesting course, full of practical suggestions and plenty of opportunities to share experience between participants.”
Ida Tengku Ismail, Legal Counsel, Nestle S.A.
“Mark is a very measured, interesting and authoritative presenter. The course is very good and very useful. I wish I had done it years ago.”
John Tayler, Head of Legal , TD Direct Investing
“Useful content and good presentation from Mark and Richard- they know their stuff!”
Jorgen Schou, Chief Legal Advisor, University of Southern Denmark
“Thanks a lot for the very well prepared course and the the lovely atmosphere during it. I am sure the good ideas given will be helpful at work”
Monika Piotrowska, Legal Department, National Bank of Poland
“Knowledgeable trainers, able to expand the issue on demand”
Olle Wallen, Senior Assistant General Counsel-Legal Market, Electrolux Home Products Corporation NV
“Well presented and structured-held your attention. Obvious intelligence and experience of presenters”
Sandra Vandewalle, Legal Counsel, South African Breweries
5-6 Mar 2015
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Venue: Hilton London Canary Wharf, London
8-9 Oct 2015
We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation.