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Effectively Managing Legal Risk and Preserving Reputation

This practical and interactive two-day programme will ensure you understand where your organisation is exposed and how you can successfully protect against risk.

5-6 Nov 2020

& 4-5 Nov 2021

GBP 1,299
EUR 1,819
USD 2,026

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Course overview

Legal risk is just part of the framework of risk and reward which business people have to manage. Once an organisation establishes a legal or risk department, there can be a tendency for business people to abdicate responsibility and the in-house lawyer effectively confiscates the management of legal risk. Poor management of legal risk can impair the prosperity and growth of a business by an accumulation of ineptitude or the drama of a showstopper.

It is undeniable that an organisation will be more agile in today’s demanding environment if it is:

  • Equipped with a good understanding of the legal implications of actions (or inactions) and the commitments entered into
  • Involving lawyers in the right things at the right time

In today’s uncertain world with political upheaval having an impact on regulatory regimes and contractual commitments, legal risk can be exacerbated by making assumptions that prove to be flawed. Brexit is just one example of this. Whilst in-house lawyers cannot reliably predict what the outcomes might be, we can assist our organisations to manage the uncertainty.

This interactive two-day seminar has been designed for in-house lawyers and business people who need to work together to ensure that the relevant legal risks can be well managed with reliable, but not cumbersome, processes, as well as awareness and compliance programmes.

Who should attend?

  • In-house lawyers
  • Legal affairs directors and managers
  • Senior corporate counsel and advisers
  • Risk and compliance officers
  • Commercial and contracts managers and directors
  • Business development executives
  • Business executives who need a greater understanding of legal risk


A key feature of this seminar is the practical workshop on managing the multiple strands of risk – regulatory, contractual and third party – involved in three testing scenarios.

Programme – day one

Introduction – what is risk?

  • Identifying risks
  • Is all risk bad?

Top risks for today’s businesses – what to focus on

  • Corporate failure
  • Product or service failure
  • Health and safety issues
  • Regulatory investigation
  • The black swan theory
  • Ultimately – what are the three things that could have the highest impact on your business?

Collaborative legal risk management

  • Business engagement at a senior level
  • Use of legal resources
  • Prioritisation
  • Review – an internal audit
  • Engagement at an individual level

How to ensure effective compliance within your business

  • First, second and third lines of defence
  • The impact of business culture
  • The chief risk officer and effective risk team
  • The role of the lawyer
  • How do you compare?


How to deal with major risks

  • Scenario 1: Cyber attack – data breach or loss
  • Scenario 2: Serious accident involving an employee
  • Scenario 3: You’re broke!

Identifying risks – management and mitigation

  • Designing an effective risk programme
  • Risk registers – how to make them practical and effective
  • Looking at the positive too

Implementing an effective compliance programme

  • Design – who leads and who should be involved?
  • Introduction to the compliance programme
  • Sustaining the programme – management buy-in
  • Investigation

Programme – day two

Raising legal awareness across your business

  • Upsides and downsides
  • Elements of a programme
  • Boosting credibility

Input to the board on risk management

  • The role of the board
  • The role of the audit and/or risk committee
  • Preparing for the questions they might ask
  • How you should respond
  • Dealing with political and economic uncertainty
  • Providing assurance

Managing dispute resolution (including practical exercise)

  • Being prepared – choice of forum and choice of law
  • Practical exercise: evaluating alternatives
  • Embarking on litigation – fact investigation
  • Costs and funding
  • Trends and conclusions

Managing legal costs as part of managing legal risks

  • Scoping options – identify the end goal and agree the approach
  • Billing options pros and cons: traditional, alternative, hybrid
  • Triangular visibility and communication
  • Tracking and review – tools and techniques


Designing legal awareness sessions for sales and procurement teams

  • The aim of this workshop is to provide guidance, models and confidence to raise the awareness of risk and how to manage various scenarios within your business.

Preparing for media attention

  • Media monitoring
  • Blocking publication hurdles and setting the record straight
  • Online ‘remedies’
  • Political dimension
  • Crisis management
  • Media training and response rehearsal

Self-help and contract automation

  • Pre-requisites
  • Useful resources

Final questions


Mark Prebble

Mark Prebble worked for ICI and The BOC Group plc in the UK, and Biogen and SGS in Switzerland during his 21 years as an employed in-house lawyer. 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. He has written Managing In-house Legal Services for Thorogood Publishing.

Justin Weare

Justin Weare is a partner at Blake Morgan LLP. He is an English law qualified and practicing commercial litigation solicitor who advises on complex commercial disputes, often international and multi-jurisdictional in scope. Justin has considerable experience – both at Blake Morgan LLP and at a global law firm where he practised for more than a decade – of heavyweight commercial claims in national and overseas courts and in international arbitration. His broad practice includes shareholder/joint venture, company, contractual, claimant civil fraud, offshore and energy disputes.

Ian White

Ian White is a former Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary for both listed and private companies. While he has spent most of his career as a lawyer, he also has an MBA and has spent some time working as a strategy consultant. Ian now works as a consultant, coach, trainer and facilitator. His previous in-house experience has led him to develop an expertise in corporate governance, working with boards, leaders and lawyers on effectiveness, enhancement and performance. He spends much of his time reviewing and advising boards and management teams on structure, dynamics and how they can excel in leading their organisations. While his main focus is on FTSE 100/250 and major private companies he also works with professional services firms, public sector bodies and a number of charities and other not-for-profit organisations. Ian also works with lawyers, both in-house and in private practice, on working more closely and effectively with their clients, encouraging lawyers to think of themselves as business people first and lawyers second.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 12.00 hours
  • General Council of the Bar: 12.00 hours

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5-6 Nov 2020
5-6 Nov 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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4-5 Nov 2021
4-5 Nov 2021 Venue not yet confirmed GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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Interesting content with great presentations and experienced speakers.

Elmira Mamirova, Lawyer, Kcell JSC, Nov 17

The course content was brief, direct and engaging which is how I prefer my learning interventions. The speakers were obviously knowledgeable with a wealth of experience in their respective fields. For me, the workshops were very engaging and the interactions enabled participants to share ideas and compare practices within their respective industries and jurisdictions. I will definitely recommend the course to colleagues, lawyers and non-lawyers inclusive.

Adeola Adeyanju, Legal Officer, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Nov 17

Practical, punchy, challenging. Dealt with the right issues in the right amount of detail.

Colin Millward, Commercial Legal & Risk Manager, Fabricom Oil, Gas & Power Limited, Nov 17

It was great!

José Rufino Torija Martí, Legal Counsel, Corporación Medichem, S.L., Nov 16

Excellent. Engaging and varied speakers. Good practical advice.

Maria Brindley , Appello Limited, Nov 15

Thoroughly enjoyed the course, the presentations and the speakers.

Marleen Haye, Director of Legal & Corporate Affairs, Buongiorno UK Ltd, Nov 15

All great – I achieved a comprehensive understanding of legal risk management.

Fadi ElJurdi, Managing Counsel, MBC Group, Jun 15

Excellent, experienced speakers who provided practical and useful advice.

Clare Marland, Principal Lawyer , Spelthorne Borough Council, Jun 15

Competent and user friendly.

Umberto Musone, Legal Counsel, Ferrero S.p.A., Jun 15

Very good in all aspects.

Ólafur Lúther Einarsson, General Counsel, Vátryggingafélag Íslands hf., Jun 15

Excellent. Course materials very impressive.

Alison Ford, Barrister, Ignis Asset Management Ltd, Nov 14

The content was very relevant, most of the presentations were vivid, practical and easy to understand and, last but not least, the speakers were excellent with clear communication and humour.

Henrik Rasmussen, General Counsel, VKR Holding A/S, Nov 14

This was excellent – very informative and interactive. I learned a great deal by attending this course.

Mekki Abbas Mekki, Legal Advisor , ASTAD Project Management, Jun 14

It was enriching and has added value to my job description.

Adama Pindar, Senior Legal Officer, Galaxy Backbone Ltd, Jun 14

Once again Mark and Richard were fantastic

Joergen Schou, Chief of Staff, University of Southern Denmark, Nov 13