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Managing and Leading an Effective In-House Legal Department

Two practical days to understand current best practice and generate creative, value-added solutions to your management challenges.

1-2 Oct 2020

& 18-19 Mar 2021 , 7-8 Oct 2021

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

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Course overview

Overwhelming volumes of activity, demanding response time and shortage of resources seem to be the fate of many in-house legal departments. The department 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.

Some heads of legal departments have ‘no appetite’ for managing others, but find themselves in that position due to seniority. The temptation to concentrate on matter rather than people management can be great.

This programme enables you to take a step back from the overloaded inbox and explore the options open to you. It will give you the skills to achieve the balance and focus needed to succeed in your role, and includes discussion time on issues and solutions, with concurrent workshops, as well as the evaluation of sample materials to help embed learning.

Concurrent practical workshops

The programme features concurrent workshop sessions that address the key challenges faced by all organisations when trying to refocus resources 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.


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.

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 practising 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 jurisdictions.

Programme at a glance...

Day one

  • The challenges confronting in-house lawyers
  • The need and demands for legal services
  • Resourcing legal services – selection
  • Resourcing legal services – cost-effective use

Concurrent workshops

Refocusing legal department resource case studies

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
  • Maximising value within budget constraints

Day two

  • Risk appetite and compliance challenges
  • Legal awareness for non-lawyers
  • Relationship management
  • Developing the in-house team

Concurrent workshops

Leadership and performance management challenges

Workshop 1: Functional responsibility without authority


Workshop 2: High performer with adversarial or uncooperative attitude

  • Competency profiles
  • A year in the life of a head of a legal team
  • Developing yourself


Mark Prebble (1-2 Oct 2020, 18-19 Mar 2021, 7-8 Oct 2021)

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.

Anthony Inglese (1-2 Oct 2020, 18-19 Mar 2021, 7-8 Oct 2021)

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. 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.

Ruth Sweetman (1-2 Oct 2020)

Ruth Sweetman has worked and lived in Australia, Hong Kong, USA, Italy and England and is legally qualified in three jurisdictions. She was in private practice for 11 years with Baker & McKenzie and as a partner with Dentons, before first moving in-house as Assistant General Counsel, Europe with a US based global media entity. Over the course of 16 years Ruth has held senior regional in-house roles and managed legal teams at five companies, both globally listed and national, across media, IT and data industries, and is a specialist in managing and training small under-resourced legal departments. For five years she took a step into direct business roles, both operational in a law firm and sales in a globally listed communications operator. As a Senior Director at PanAmSat, a global satellite operator, she headed up their SE Asia division. She has experienced the all-round business perspective from roles in senior sales management, law firm management and business consulting.

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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1-2 Oct 2020
1-2 Oct 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
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18-19 Mar 2021
18-19 Mar 2021 Venue not yet confirmed
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7-8 Oct 2021
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  • AGEAS (UK) Ltd
  • Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing GesmbH
  • Autoliv AB
  • BP Egypt Co
  • Cadence Design Systems Ltd
  • CIGNA International
  • Corporation of Lloyd's
  • De Nederlandsche Bank NV
  • Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc
  • ING Real Estate Investment Management Holding BV
  • Invent Farma
  • Invitel Zrt
  • ITF Licensing UK Ltd
  • Lamprell Energy Ltd
  • Mellibank
  • MTN Nigeria Communications
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Pharming Group NV
  • Pioneer Investment Management Ltd
  • Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA)
  • Quilter Cheviot
  • Saudi Industrial Beverages Industries ( Pepsi )
  • Sodexho Belgique SA/NV
  • Statkraft
  • Strabag AG
  • T-Mobile (UK) Ltd
  • TeliaSonera AB
  • UN World Food Programme
  • Xellia Pharmaceuticals ApS

Mark was fantastic! One of the best and most engaging speakers I have encountered in all my years of attending various legal seminars/training. He was knowledgeable, credible, authentic and his advice was very practical and useful. He was also more than happy to spend time during the breaks to answer follow-up questions. Ruth was a good speaker and always happy to spend time during the breaks following up on questions and/or giving additional advice, which was much appreciated.

Inga Regenass, VP Legal Technical Operations and IT, Ipsen Pharma SAS, Mar 19

Well-delivered course, interesting knowledgeable speakers and very useful material.

Stephanie Hanson, Senior Legal Director, Williams Lea Limited, Mar 19

They were all very inspiring and I thought the material they presented was relevant, useful and insightful. The techniques they shared with us ie Belbin and structuring meetings were also very helpful. Fantastic, would and have recommended it to others!

Eve Hartley , Acting Head of Legal, KnowledgePool Group Ltd, Oct 18

As the principal speaker on both days, Mark Prebble carried the course. He is experienced and approachable. For a non-technical course for lawyers, a notoriously difficult task, it exceeded expectations.

Mary Johnson, Manager of Legislation Unit, Department of Children, Oct 18

Mark and Ruth were excellent and engaging using a lot of their own personal experience to help explain the issues. Excellent well-presented course that helps you reflect and review your own in-house legal experience.

Rebecca Cleal, Solicitor and Company Secretary, CVS (UK) Limited, Oct 18

Exceptionally helpful course.

Bartolomeo Migone, General Counsel UN World Food Programme, UN World Food Programme, Oct 18

The speakers were excellent and understandable, especially Mark Prebble.

Silvija Žužul, Head of department, APIS IT d.o.o., Oct 18

Really good - grade A.

Paul McClenaghan, Senior Legal Director / Commercial, Criteo Limited, Mar 18

Excellent overall and a good barometer for what is already being done. Mark is excellent.

Kimberly Erriah-Ali, Group General Counsel / Corporate Secretary, Republic Bank Limited, Mar 18

Overall opinion is that I gained valuable knowledge of managing and leading.

Rustam Rustamov, Head of Contract Management Unit, Ucell, part of Telia Company, Mar 18

Engaging and friendly.

Nader Mettawa, Principal Legal Advisor , National Petroleum Construction Co NPCC, Mar 18

Very interesting, it makes you step from your day work and think about very important topics to effectively manage a legal department.

Gloria Bofill, Head of Legal West Europe, KWS Services West, Oct 17

A very useful course with helpful tips and advice for growing your own profile and developing the team.

Samantha Belsey, Legal Counsel, Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc, Oct 17

Overall a very enriching experience! The seminar fits equally well to those who start as leaders of a legal dept. and to those who, like me, look for a systematic self-assessment and new aspects after 14 years having managed a legal department. Great achievement to put this program together and present it so well. Thank you!

Andreas Kadletz, General Counsel, Putsch GmbH & Co. KG, Mar 17

Extremely helpful.

Yulia Zorina, PJSC ALFA BANK, Oct 16