The Skills of a High Achieving In-House Lawyer

With this In-house training you can supercharge your legal team’s performance by developing their commercial skills in-line with their legal expertise to succeed as an effective legal department.

Course Overview

This In-house training is designed to focus and boost the essential skills the In-house team needs to grow and develop as a legal department within a commercial environment. Just one-day of very intensive training will supercharge the department’s personal skills in-line with their legal expertise.

What are the key objectives of this In-house training:

To enable participants to:
  • Explore techniques for effective portfolio management
  • Boost client care techniques to have a greater influence on colleagues in other departments
  • Integrate with business colleagues whilst maintaining professional independence
  • Use available resources to best effect
  • Adopt successful techniques for raising legal awareness
  • Apply a business wide risk management strategy
  • Identify initiatives for personal development

Sample Programme

Welcome and introductions

Developing yourself
  • Honest assessment and continuous improvement
  • Legal know how
  • Behaviour and competencies
  • Complementary management skills
  • Career development options
  • The unwritten rules
Making the most of being in a legal team
  • Intelligent information sharing
  • Ensuring communication and consistency
  • Getting the best out of shared support staff
  • Supporting and getting support from colleagues
  • Reporting and managing upwards
  • Setting expectation
Communication skills
  • Verbal and written clarity
  • Techniques for distilling complex information
  • Executive summaries and elevator pitches
  • Self promotion through effective influencing skills
Managing upwards
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Delivering solutions to problems
  • Reconciling your aspirations with the department’s needs
  • Getting more from appraisals
Understanding your clients needs to deliver effective legal support
  • Knowledge of the business and business acumen
  • Concentrating on what matters
  • Building relationships while maintaining credibility
  • Matrix reporting issues
  • Client surveys
Influencing your clients to ensure legal compliance
  • How they use you
  • How they manage legal risk
  • How they follow your recommendations
  • Effective positioning and access to key clients
Raising legal awareness across the organisation
  • Ensuring management support
  • Defining the scope
  • Proven techniques to raise Legal’s profile
  • Measurement and management
  • Gaining mutual respect

Recommended Trainer

Mark Prebble during his 21 years as an employed in-house lawyer, 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. He also undertakes project management work for businesses, which have no legal department and interim management of legal departments. He has written Managing In-House Legal Services published by Thorogood Publishing and Right in It – where in-house lawyers should be.

Bespoke training

We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation. Contact us to discuss your training requirements.

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