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Financial awareness for in-house lawyers

Gone are the days when it was (just about) permissible for in-house lawyers to show incomprehension or disdain about ‘the numbers’. The in-house lawyers I have spoken to about their preparation for a move to a business role are united…

Mini MBA for In-house lawyers

What better way to break the blog silence? Looking forward to working on this programme for the Falconbury Summer School http://falconbury.co.uk/product/details/30/the-mini-mba-for-in-house-lawyers

Effective management of legal risk

This is the programme for a two day course we are running for Falconbury on 7/8 June in London -http://www.falconbury.co.uk/public/course/effective-management-of-legal-risk It is relevant for business people and in-house lawyers – after all, both populations have to work well together to…

The benefits of language skills

When you work for a group which has a parent company in a foreign country, it is worth considering learning the language of that country even if the company has designated English as the language of business. There are 3…

Speaking Up

There is no denying that communication is a vital skill for in-house lawyers and often it gets insufficient attention. Adopting the technique of talking quietly and diffidently if you are not sure about what you are saying or the reaction…

Recipe for success

Having explored the analogy between vegetable growing and project management (one former colleague has pointed out that vegetables benefit from liberal quantities of manure, which whilst quite common is not always so beneficial in project management), I would like to…

In-house lawyer dreads

From time to time we ask groups of in-house lawyers at different levels to identify anonymously their greatest dread. We do this because: a) it can be therapeutic to describe something which concerns you and to realise that maybe it…

Facilities?

I had to visit one of the campuses of a major company recently, where I was staggered by the proliferation of signs about how to use the car park and the stairs. ‘Beware – fragile human beings’ said the banner,…

Gardening analogies

One of the fulfilling things in my life is growing vegetables on my allotment. As I was tilling the soil the other day, it occurred to me how similar the whole process is to managing a project successfully. At the…