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October 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 Lawyers Committee

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers introduced and presented the In-house Lawyers Committee on 17 September in London. Sapna Bedi FitzGerald, chair; Stephen O'Brien, vice chair; and Trevor Goodman, head of legal EMEA at Legg Mason and member of the committee, talked about the in-house engagement plan for the year ahead, and discussed the issues and challenges affecting their diverse working environments. The interactive session was a success and very well received by almost 100 in-house attendees.
Read more about our engagement programme

InsideOut e-magazine - risk management

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

Thriving through effective risk management

Reappraising how you look at risk will result in a fresh and more dynamic approach. Ian Jones offers tips for successful in-house risk management.

A taste for risk: what is your risk appetite?

Frank Maher of Legal Risk LLP Solicitors discusses the importance of risk appetite statements as part of a risk framework, and offers guidance for assessing a company's risk appetite.

Read all the articles

How Asda has revolutionised the way it handles contracts

Traditionally in-house lawyers have looked to human-resource based solutions to meet the challenge of higher workloads. Alistair Maiden, senior commercial lawyer at Asda, tells us how its dedicated contracts team's sophisticated programme has increased contracting efficiency, improved risk management and quality of contracts, as well as reduced costs.
Watch the video and find out more

Mentoring programme

The Law Society has launched an exciting national mentoring programme of practising solicitors. Do you want support in progressing your career? Can you give something back by mentoring other professionals?
Read about the mentoring programme

In-house expectations: working in-house

JLD Executive Committee member Tamasin Dorosti answers some commonly asked questions by junior lawyers contemplating a move in-house.
Read the full article

The role of general counsel - business and human rights

As part of the Law Society's business and human rights programme we would like to hear the views of our general counsel members who play a crucial role in this area. The Law Society is supporting a global study being conducted by RSG Consulting which seeks to assess and analyse the current role that general counsel play in shaping the business and human rights agenda. We encourage members to give their views via this short in-house counsel survey.

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Other news

Junior Lawyers Division committee vacancies 2015 - call for nominations

Could you represent over 75,000 students, trainees and junior solicitors from across England and Wales in a national and international forum? Do you want to make a difference to the future of the legal profession? If so, why not consider putting yourself forward for a position on the JLD Executive Committee.
Find out more - closing date for nominations is 20 October

Free cyber security service

To increase your organisation's awareness of cyber threats and how to combat them, the Law Society can sponsor companies to join the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership. It is a free collaborative initiative between industry and government for sharing cyber-threat and vulnerability information in order to reduce the impact on UK business.
Find out more

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Events and webinars

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

Doing business in Pakistan - deputy high commissioner to Pakistan

The Law Society and the British Pakistani Lawyers Association have organised a breakfast event highlighting the opportunities and practicalities of doing business in Pakistan.
Register now - 21 October, London

Developing your brand - women lawyers

Confident communication skills and personal impact are a vital part of developing a strong personal brand. This interactive session will offer you practical techniques to put you in control of your personal brand and presence, what you want to project to others and how to build greater confidence in meetings or networking opportunities.
Register now - 12 November, London

Emotional intelligence and performance at work

How in tune are you with your emotional intelligence? This workshop has been designed to help you to better understand your emotional intelligence and how this key leadership skill can have a positive impact on your performance.
Register now - 25 November, London

Compliance support forum for in-house lawyers

Traditionally in-house lawyers have had a long-distance relationship with the SRA but this is no longer possible. Recent changes in the law, and with the introduction of the SRA Handbook, mean that in-house practice is of greater interest to the regulator than ever before and ignorance of compliance requirements is a risky position to sustain.
Register now - 24 November, London
Register now - 26 November, Manchester
Register now - 28 January, Cardiff

Pro bono for in-house lawyers - why do it and how to do it

The difference in-house lawyers can make, ways that lawyers can support large or small charities, competing demands both on a company's lawyer's time and CSR priorities, and the regulatory and technical context will be covered by leaders in the pro bono field.
Register now - 1 December, London


Webinar: In-house perspective: how to apply for an ABS

This webinar will describe local authority experience of applying for an ABS with tips about how to go about making such an application.
Register now - 12 November

Webinar: White-collar crime

The fraud charges and investigation being launched against Volkswagen have shown the financial and reputational damage that can be wrought by fraud allegations. This webinar will provide in-house lawyers with an overview and analysis of important issues in white-collar crime over the last year.
Register now - 25 November

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