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Streamlining regular work

Regular work needs to be handled in a way which limits its consumption of the in-house legal resource. As head of a team you need to be working with senior managers to develop or improve processes which facilitate business goals…

Making team meetings worth attending

A good legal team meeting is one at which Participants gain a better understanding of an important business challenge or activity Know-how which is relevant to a majority of those present is shared A collective view on an important issue…

Getting business engagement on management of legal risk

Business managers need to take primary responsibility for managing legal risk, but are often tempted to abdicate that responsibility to the legal team. As head of a team you should work towards restoring that responsibility through the strategy you are…

Continuing competence for in-house lawyers

Whilst the new regime which the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England has introduced, to replace the quest for 16 hours CPD, may cause some consternation on the part of in-house lawyers, it should rightfully be seen as an opportunity to…

MBA programmes should address legal risk

I was pleased to run a 2 day module on Managing Legal Risk for IEMBA students at ZHAW in Winterthur last year and look forward to repeating it this year. I have long felt that it is a shame that…

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…