About the course
Explore and analyse in-house legal department structures & models
This course provides you with the opportunity to critically analyse different legal department structures, models and objectives so you can determine what is best for your organisation.
You will explore the evolving complex responsibilities of an in-house legal department and the importance of good people management and learn how to develop and implement a balanced and flexible remit which will enable you to respond rapidly to ever-changing business demands while adding demonstrable value to the business.
Attend this intensive, practical and highly interactive three-day training course and learn personal and professional skills for managing and leading a successful legal department, including:
- Why it’s important to consider the bigger picture
- How to better manage the way you and your team work to succeed in an increasingly complex and demanding in-house environment
- How to put the legal team at the heart of the business and engage with the business
- How to recruit for success, inspire and retain legal team staff
- How to position the legal team for higher performance
- How to partner with other functions within an organisation and work collaboratively
- How to develop and operate within an effective risk management and corporate governance framework
- How to establish good lines of communication
- How to influence decision-makers and communicate persuasively for business
- How to add value to your business - and demonstrate it!
A good level of spoken and written English is required to attend this course. Delegates should be of an intermediate standard in English at a minimum. Please refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - as a guide the level required is B2.
Day 1 – People
Defining the role of In-house Legal
- The commercial context: why have inhouse capability?
- Roles & Responsibilities
Anatomy 101: what makes “good” In-house Legal?
- What does “good” look like?
- Needs analysis
- Alternate structures
- Achieving a vision
- Case study
Legal team building
- Team Essentials
- Required Resources
- Virtual Teams
How to recruit for success, inspire and retain
- Essential Competencies
- Personal attributes
- Core Values
- Personal development
- Inspiring others
- Retention strategies
Leadership: what it is and leadership styles
- Leadership defined
- Skills and Pitfalls
- In the In-house Legal context
- Leadership Styles
Team Emotional Intelligence: a model for Team Effectiveness
- What is EI?
- Why is EI important?
- What is Team EI?
- How is Team EI measured?
- Model of Team Effectiveness
- Impact on performance
- Review and Feedback
Day 2 – Politics
Cross-functional integration: managing key relationships
- Collaboration in practice
- Benefits and Pitfalls
Independence and commerciality
- Independence considerations
- Practical Considerations
- Technical adviser vs. business facilitator: maintaining credibility
- Raising commercial awareness of lawyers
- Perceptions and expectations
- Understanding your clients and the business needs
- Ensuring a quality offering
- Increasing efficiency
- “Selling” the service – messaging strategy
- Gaining management support
- Cost reduction opportunities
- Non-legal roles
- Managed services
- Other initiatives
Getting best value from external law firms and other service providers
- Selecting an external partner
- Tenders, panels and Master Service Agreements
- Fee arrangements
- Volume discounts and other benefits
Metrics; KPIs and efficiency
- Current practices
- Types of metrics
- Management Information
- Corporate memory, record keeping and internal knowledge management
- Feedback on performance
- Performance goals for external legal providers
Review and Feedback
Day 3 – Persuasion
Practical Exercise: Team Challenge
- Effective communication skills
- Methods of Communication
- Active Listening
- Observation Skills
- Communication Styles
- Communication Considerations
How to write effectively for business
- Effective writing techniques
- Check Style
Influence and the power of persuasion
- In-house Legal influence challenges
- EI – recap
- Best negotiation practices
- Ciandini’s Six Principles of Persuasion
Raising the legal bar within the business
- Identify need
Рefresher: Corporate Governance
- Why it matters
- Checks and balances
- How the inhouse team is instructed/used?
- Risk framework roles and remit
- Organisational risk appetite
- Consistency – enhancing and standardising approach
- Likelihood and impact assessment
- Risk Categories
- Risk reporting
- Mitigation and escalation
- Common issues for In-house Legal
Clinic: To discuss issues raised by participants
Best Practices Recap
Kelli Read is an experienced and versatile general counsel with an extensive background in finance, M&A, corporate, commercial, contractual and risk management matters, gained over 25 years’ global experience in a variety of environments. Kelli has worked in both the public and private sector...
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