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Managing and Leading an Effective In-House Legal Department Training Course

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


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.

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We do not currently have dates confirmed for this course; please contact us to be informed when it is scheduled; or to discuss running this course on an in-house basis for your staff.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for 12 hours for your CPD records.
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Customised in-house training

We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation and deliver it at your location and/or online.

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  • Anglogold Ashanti (Ghana) Ltd
  • Arthur J. Gallagher
  • Askari Commercial Bank Ltd
  • BP Egypt Co
  • Capital One
  • CDB Aviation
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited
  • Das Law
  • DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Co Ltd
  • De Montfort University
  • DHL
  • European Food Safety Authority
  • FGH Bank NV
  • Ieoc Egypt Branch
  • Joint Stock Company Techsnabexport
  • Knowledgepool Group Limited
  • Lancashire Constabulary
  • Lotus Cars Ltd
  • Norsk Hydro ASA
  • Rackspace Ltd
  • Snam S.P.A
  • T-Mobile (UK) Ltd
  • TeliaSonera AB
  • The Co-operative Group (CSW Ltd)
  • Training Unit, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

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

Exceptionally helpful course.

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

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

The speakers were excellent and understandable, especially Mark Prebble.

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

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

Really good - grade A.

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