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Business law

Managing and Leading an Effective In-House Legal Department

Introduction from the Course Presenters

Course overview

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

  • Remit
  • Selection methods
  • Business involvement in:
    • Selection
    • Remit
    • Review

Concurrent Workshops

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

Influencing others

  • Scenarios
  • Tips

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
  • Coaching

Concurrent Workshops

Leadership and performance management challenges

Workshop 1 Functional responsibility without authority


Workshop 2 High-performer with adversarial or non co-operative attitude

Developing yourself

  • Honest-self-assessment
  • Continuous improvement
  • Staying up-to-date and engaged
  • Networking

A year in the life of a head of a legal team

  • Planning your effort
  • Reconciling your efforts


Mark Prebble

Mark Prebble, during his 21 years as an employed in-house lawyer, has 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.

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Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority: 11.50 hours
  • General Council of the Bar: 11.50 hours

Previous customers include...

  • DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals Netherlands B.V.
  • AHDB
  • BHP Billiton International Metals BV
  • CLS Construction Legal Services GmbH
  • Commerzbank
  • Corporación Medichem, SL
  • Costcutter Supermarkets Group Ltd
  • Epson Europe BV
  • European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  • Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd
  • Highland & Islands Enterprises
  • Huisman Equipment BV
  • Ieoc Egypt Branch
  • Islandsbanki
  • Itouch Ltd
  • James Hardie Europe BV
  • Lancashire Constabulary
  • Lloyd's Register
  • Lloyds Register EMEA
  • Metso Automation Oy
  • Moldcell
  • MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd
  • Northumbria Police
  • Semperit Aktiengesellschaft Holding
  • Septa Energy Nigeria Ltd
  • Single Buoy Moorings Bureau D'Etudes SAM
  • Syngenta AG
  • TD Direct Investing
  • Technip Offshore UK Ltd

What previous delegates say...

Excellent, clear and concise

David Cavell, Solicitor and Head of Legal Services, Natural Resources Wales

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 experienced presenters

Sandra Vandewalle, Legal Counsel, South African Breweries

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6-7 Oct 2016

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9-10 Mar 2017

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