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July 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of In-house forum, the Law Society's dedicated newsletter for lawyers working in-house in the corporate and public sectors, and not-for-profit organisations and charities.

In-house news and features

In-house committee

The committee met on 13 May to discuss the Law Society's support arrangements for the In-house Division and an engagement plan for the year ahead. The plan will include events, member support and research activities. The committee wishes you a good summer, and its next meeting will be on 10 September.

InsideOut e-magazine - leadership

The latest edition of our e-magazine looks at successful in-house leadership. Articles include:

Seven top tips for leading and developing legal teams
Executive coach and former lawyer Anne Waldron offers practical tips for successful team development.

Lawyers as leaders
Business psychologist and leadership consultant Jon Stokes on inspiring leadership in the legal sector.

Players not gatekeepers
Heads of legal and general counsel from across the sectors talk to Grania Langdon-Down about leading their teams and leadership at an organisational level.

Read all the articles

In-house sector faces wellbeing crisis

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said: 'Law can be a demanding career. Many of us are drawn to the intellectual challenge and thrive on the high pressure that the work entails, but we need to put our health and wellbeing first.'
Read the article in the Gazette

Practising fees

The Law Society Group consulted with members on the proposed budget and practising certificate fee for the financial year from 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016. Our summary of the findings sets out the main responses.
Read the consultation results

Ethical leadership survey

In-house lawyers will soon be asked by University College London's Centre for Ethics and Law to take part in a survey on their role in the context of ethical leadership. The research is led by Professor Richard Moorhead, and we encourage you to participate.
Read more

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Other news

New president Jonathan Smithers sets out his priorities

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers wishes to use his presidential year to highlight the work of the Law Society and the English and Welsh legal profession in three broad areas: the rule of law, access to justice, and conveyancing and land law.
Read more

One of the best law libraries in England and Wales

The Law Society Library houses 55,000 volumes and handles 11,000 member research enquiries a year. It is an invaluable resource for law reports, precedents, legislation, journals and commentary - available to in-house lawyers worldwide.
Find out more about our library services

Junior Lawyers essay competition

If you're an LPC student, paralegal or trainee solicitor, please consider entering the Junior Lawyers essay competition. The question this year is: 'Should there ever be a case for absolute anonymity in legal proceedings, and if so, why and for whom?' The deadline is 31 July and the winner will receive £500.
Read more

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Events and training

Compliance support forum for in-house lawyers

This forum includes presentations on the key issues affecting in-house lawyers and their employers and should be attended by any lawyer working in an in-house position and any employer providing legal services and considering the need to be licensed by the SRA.
Book now - 13 and 18 August, London

'Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far' (Theodore Roosevelt)

An increasing number of lawyers are choosing to follow a career in-house. This workshop will examine the challenges faced by in-house lawyers and suggest practical tips for enhanced performance, increased efficiency and greater effectiveness.
Register now - 10 September, London

Free events: In-house Division launch and meet the committee - London and Leeds

Don't miss your chance to meet the In-house Division Committee who will talk about the Law Society's plans to better engage with in-house lawyers. This is also your opportunity to discuss the issues and challenges affecting your diverse working environments. A networking drinks reception will follow the discussion.
Booking details for London - 17 September, 18:00-21:00
Booking details for Leeds - 23 September, 18:00-21:00

Changing career direction

This interactive workshop will provide practical tips for those considering a change in career direction. The event will demonstrate that changing direction in law is possible and will show you how to get started.
Register now - 20 October, London

Effective cyber security: helping to safeguard client accounts

The latest Information Security Breaches Survey shows that 90 per cent of large organisations and 74 per cent of small businesses suffered a security breach in 2015. Free online cyber security training is available through the Law Society's CPD centre.
Cyber security training details
Additional advice and support


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