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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 Lawyers CommitteeLaw 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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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