Managing and Leading an Effective In-House Legal Department

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Early booking discount are available in certain periods and multiple booking discount are also available upon request. Please call Customer Services on +44 (0)20 7729 6677

Course overview

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

Why you should attend this programme?

A legal department has no right to exist. 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. Overwhelming volume of activity, demanding response time and shortage of resource seem to be the fate of many legal departments.

Some heads of legal departments have no appetite for managing others, but find themselves in that position due to seniority. The temptat…

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Early booking discount are available in certain periods and multiple booking discount are also available upon request. Please call Customer Services on +44 (0)20 7729 6677

Course overview

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

Why you should attend this programme?

A legal department has no right to exist. 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. Overwhelming volume of activity, demanding response time and shortage of resource seem to be the fate of many legal departments.

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 seminar 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.

The presenters from Lawyers in Business have experience of supporting in-house legal departments internationally, as well as managing them.

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.

What are the objectives of this programme?

Over the course of two intensive days training you will learn how to:

  • Establish the role and strategy of the in-house legal function
  • Demonstrate the value of the legal function
  • Respond to cost-cutting pressures
  • Manage and develop the in-house legal team
  • Understand the different roles and purposes of the legal team
  • Develop a useful legal risk management strategy
  • Assess current trends in the use of outside counsel
  • Manage the long-term relationship with outside counsel including partnering

PLUS: 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.

The timetable

Registration will take place on day one from 9.00-9.30.
Day one: 9.00-17.00 • Day two: 9.00-17.00

The course consists of two full days of interactive training with time allowed in the schedule for group and individual learning and coaching. Each day will have refreshment breaks and one hour scheduled for lunch.

Programme - Day 1

The challenges confronting in-house lawyers

  • Pressures on the organisation and the legal team
  • Career perspectives
  • Attitudes to management

The need and demands for legal services

  • Building the full picture
  • Supporting business development and preservation
  • Assessing future needs
  • Risk appetite and corporate culture
  • Compliance roles

Resourcing legal services- in-house

  • Resource options
  • In-house capability decisions
    • Specialists or generalists
    • Qualified or unqualified
    • Permanent or contract
  • Cost allocation options
  • Developing a blueprint

Resourcing legal services – 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

OR

Workshop 2 Dispersed in-house team covering several jurisdictions

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

Programme - Day 2

Legal awareness for non-lawyers

  • Getting management buy-in
  • The case for legal awareness
  • Developing an awareness programme
  • Proven techniques

Business acumen for in-house lawyers

  • Management processes
  • Useful tools and jargon
  • Bottom line impact of legal activity
  • Increasing commercial awareness

Orchestrating the cost effective contribution of external providers

  • Scoping effort
  • Remuneration options
  • Securing added value
  • Cultural nuances

Maximising resources within budget constraints

  • Optimising portfolios
  • Quality assurance
  • Information management
  • Support staff
  • Work environment

Influencing skills

  • Why do we need to influence?
  • What is influence?
  • How can we go about developing influence?
  • How this can make a difference in practice?

Concurrent Workshops

Leadership and performance management challenges

Workshop 1 Functional responsibility without authority

OR

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
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