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The Mini MBA for In-house Lawyers

Business, commercial, financial and leadership skills to manage and develop a sound and strategically effective in-house legal department

24-27 Nov 2020

& 22-25 Jun 2021 , 23-26 Nov 2021

GBP 2,599
EUR 3,639
USD 4,054

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Why you should attend

This inspirational four-day programme uses the latest MBA thinking and techniques to focus on the real and challenging issues that are confronting today’s in-house legal departments.

The expert trainers, from a legal and business background, will share their own experiences from working as in-house lawyers and business managers. They will refer to and explore up-to-the-minute management and leadership methodologies and techniques. By attending this intensive course, you will benefit from their considerable expertise and have time to explore new skills and ways of working under their guidance to ensure you succeed in a demanding role.

This programme also offers a unique networking opportunity to share existing best practice and established industry-wide norms with colleagues from different organisations and countries.

The objectives of this course

As a result of attending this programme, you will be able to:

  • Engage with business colleagues when strategic choices are being made
  • Review the role and strategy of the in-house legal function
  • Define and demonstrate the rationale and value of the legal department to the rest of the organisation
  • Achieve better outcomes by applying project management techniques
  • Mobilise more effective teamwork within and outside the legal team
  • Participate more confidently in discussions involving financial analysis
  • Withstand cost cutting pressures by highlighting coherent resource priorities
  • Establish strong working relationships with business colleagues in order to influence behaviour and attitudes towards legal issues
  • Manage and lead the in-house legal team to high performance
  • Access and enhance core leadership management techniques in the context of effective change management
  • Pursue the best remuneration options with external law firms and gain value for money from their services
  • Examine and understand how successful Heads of Legal have applied a commercial and strategic focus to achieve results
  • Measure and boost the performance of the legal team through valuable assessment and coaching

Programme at a glance...

Module 1: Business strategy and strategic planning

Your strategy

Strategy, tactics and choices

Strategies for winning vs strategies for success

Module 2: Developing your strategy for legal services

Selecting and selling the right options for the provision of legal services

Module 3: Leading and managing strategic change

Strategy, change and people

How you experience change

The change toolkit

Module 4: Project management and teamwork

The essentials of project management


Module 5: Understanding the business from a financial perspective

The history and the accounts

The future and the need for business processes

Module 6: Managing a budget and external expenditure

Managing fees with external law firms

The problems with traditional fee arrangements

Finding ways of operating more creative and ‘winwin’ fee arrangements

Module 7: People management and leadership

Understanding and fostering motivation and engagement

Emotional intelligence and leadership qualities

Module 8: Influencing and decision-making

The view from the other side

Question and answer consultation session with Mark Prebble

Who should attend?

This course will be particularly beneficial to:

  • Heads of legal departments
  • Legal affairs directors and managers
  • Senior corporate counsel and advisers
  • Legal departments CEOs
  • Key corporate law team members
  • Private practice lawyers seeking a switch to an in-house role


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.

Robert Mowbray

Robert Mowbray is one of the longest standing and most widely known trainers of professionals having worked in and with law, accounting and other organisations for over 25 years. He is renowned as a trainer in things ‘financial’ and has considerable experience of helping lawyers to read financial statements and in helping professional firms to increase profitability through more efficient and effective working practices. Robert was the author of Maximising the Profitability of Law Firms and has trained or consulted with over 400 firms in over 20 countries. He has been voted Trainer of the Year by the Legal Education & Training Group and is the current author of the annual financial benchmarking survey organised by the Law Management Section of the Law Society. The unique experience that Robert has gained puts him in a position to independently and authoritatively help in-house legal departments understand strategic financial management and how they can build effective relationships with external law partners.

Graham Boyd

Graham Boyd is known for his success in leading people, business, research, strategy and multi-stakeholder dialogue. He integrates hard skills with soft skills, to enable clients to connect the organisation’s purpose and strategy with the behaviours required. Over the past ten years his focus as entrepreneur and business transformation consultant has been on what has recently become known as Teal, or self-managing and deliberately developmental organisations. Graham started his professional life in high energy physics and computing then moved to Procter & Gamble, where he led the successful development of new products and new organisations. He combined complex systems thinking: seeing the whole, the interactions, and the parts and then changing the system for the better to drastically improve their operations in Asia and then in Europe. At P&G he worked globally with the in-house legal team to develop strategic thinking and management skills. Since leaving P&G in 2008 Graham has been an accomplished consultant, trainer and coach, and achieved great success with organisations and teams globally in developing their strategic decision-making skills, and empowering them to link their operations to overall business performance.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 23.00 hours

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24-27 Nov 2020
24-27 Nov 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 2,599.00
EUR 3,639.00
USD 4,054.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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22-25 Jun 2021
22-25 Jun 2021 Venue not yet confirmed GBP 2,599.00
EUR 3,639.00
USD 4,054.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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23-26 Nov 2021
23-26 Nov 2021 Venue not yet confirmed GBP 2,599.00
EUR 3,639.00
USD 4,054.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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Shahad Almazroo, Legal Associate, Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company, Nov 19

The course was both engaging and informative and easily the most useful I have attended in a very long time. Excellent concept, insightful topics, vastly experienced facilitators and masterful delivery. I would highly recommend it to my colleagues and other in-house counsel.

Patrick Inegbedion Eromosele, Head Counsel Technical, Projects & Production, Nigeria LNG Ltd., Nov 19

The course is very interesting, well organized and with good modules. The speakers are very experienced and skilled in lecture craft.

Zaqueu Sithole, Legal Advisor, Banco de Moçambique , Nov 19

The speakers were all very good with a high level of knowledge.

Kalpna (Kelly) Patel, Associate Corporate Counsel (North Europe), Dematic Limited , Nov 19

Speakers exhibited practical knowledge and a mastery of the subject.

Franklin Gogo Dienye , Head Counsel Litigation & Regulatory Risk Management, Nigeria LNG Ltd., Nov 19

A good, interactive four-day seminar with engaging speakers, all with thorough knowledge in their respective fields.

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

Mark Prebble and Robert Mowbray were excellent speakers and presented their content in a vivid, hands-on way which all participants of the course enjoyed. The course exceeded my expectations on many levels.

Florian Pinter, Legal Department Manager, Hairdreams Haarhandels GmbH, Nov 18

I very much enjoyed the course. Overall great content, hands-on and actionable guidance and tips that I bring back to work! I feel really inspired now to start implementing improvements in how I carry out work based on new mindset and tools acquired!

Victoria Swedjemark, Director of Legal, Regulatory & Security, Tele2 Sverige AB, Nov 18

Just excellent!

Bram Vermeulen, General Counsel, GustoMSC, Jun 18

They were all engaging and made me feel comfortable and happy to learn. This is an excellent programme which I would recommend to other lawyers.

Lydia Hlomador, Head Legal/Company Secretary, SIC Insurance Company Limited, Jun 18

I really enjoyed the course, its content and its speakers. I found it very useful and will definitely recommend to others.

Alya Al - Naimi, Senior Legal Counsel, Qatar Foundation, Jun 18

All the speakers were very enthusiastic, brilliant teachers and very diplomatic when we put stupid questions to them. Mark is always excellent, but Graham and Robert added a good dimension to the legal stuff.

Joergen Schou, Chief of Staff, University of Southern Denmark, Jun 18

Helpful, practical and hands-on course with a focus on business rather than law. I have came away with a 'to-do' list of things I can put in place to help the legal team better understand and solidify its place in the business and provide a more cohesive service.

Kate Maynard, Global Head of Legal, DMS Governance Ltd, Jun 18

A packed programme but all relevant and useful. Clear and knowledgable speakers.

Oliver Bourne, Head of Legal , Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe R&F Ltd, Nov 17

Well-organised sessions to cover the programme and good team discussion when we could learn from our peers.

Linda Yu, Senior Legal Counsel, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nov 17