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February 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

After a busy start to 2016, the committee presented themselves and the work of the in-house division, at a well-attended and successful event in January in Leeds.

The committee is currently advising on the programme for the annual conference taking place on 15 June in Chancery Lane. They are also providing their views for a supervisory statement from the FCA, and on the Law Society Governance Review.

A meeting will take place in March to discuss the government's consultation in the spring regarding the complete separation of regulators from representative bodies.

Please get in touch at to give us your thoughts, to seek the committee's support or just to connect. A LinkedIn channel will soon be available to in-house lawyers so watch the space!

InsideOut e-magazine - technology and innovation

The latest edition of our e-magazine looks at technology for in-house lawyers. Articles include:

Legal technology: the in-house perspective

Joanna Goodman looks at the synergies between in-house legal departments' and law firms' IT strategy, the operational challenges and the potential for innovation.

Practical cybersecurity for in-house lawyers

Timothy Hill explains why cybersecurity is an in-house lawyer's problem and offers practical advice to tackle it.

Read all the articles

We need you! Which topics would you like covered, and which experts would you like to hear from? Are you interested in writing something yourself - perhaps on a topic you feel exercised about that affects in-house lawyers, or an innovation you have made in your business?
Email your ideas to Elizabeth Noone.

New Excellence Award celebrates in-house teams

President of the Law Society Jonathan Smithers said: 'In-house legal teams are crucial to the organisations and businesses in which they work. The new Excellence Award is a celebration of exceptional in-house teams working in government, in business, in charities and other organisations'.
Read the press release

In-house pro bono practice: regulatory requirements

This practice note explores the regulatory impediments to in-house lawyers providing pro bono services to the public, with the aim of assisting those lawyers who wish to do so.
Read the practice note

Ethical leadership - calling all in-house lawyers to a nationwide debate

In 2015, a major new project was launched to research and engage in-house lawyers, on the role of the general counsel in the context of Ethical Leadership. The project is led by professor Richard Moorhead, professor Stephen Mayson - both of UCL Centre for Ethics and Law (CELs).
Find out more

What will your next general counsel look like?

The role of the general counsel has evolved significantly. Over the last 15 years, the GC has become not only a trusted adviser to the CEO and the board, but also a commercially savvy member of the senior leadership team.
Read the full report

The state of cybersecurity report - an in-house perspective

A high proportion of general counsel want to increase their role and responsibilities when it comes to cybersecurity. Though oversight of cyber-risk continues to sit firmly in the IT department, the legal role is also expanding.
Read the full report

How not to be an emotionally resilient lawyer

Julian Hall, founding director of stress, conflict and anger management specialists, Calm People, looks at the behaviours that undermine our sense of wellbeing.
Read the blog

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Other news

Law Society publishes guidance for members on the SRA's new learning and development scheme

The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors to help them adapt to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) new learning and development regime, known as 'Continuing Competence'.
Find out more

The new SRA assessment framework for legal education and training

The SRA is proposing to introduce a Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), a series of centralised assessments of knowledge and skills to replace existing ways to qualify as a solicitor. The consultation closes on 4 March, and we would like to encourage you to respond to the SRA to have your say.
Find out more

The Law Society launches consultation on SRA Accounts Rules

In anticipation of the SRA reviewing its Accounts Rules in spring 2016, the Law Society has examined the existing requirements in detail, and devised options for how the rules could be improved.
Find out more

'The Future of Legal Services' report out now

This report brings together new and existing evidence to identify the key drivers for change, together with the opportunities and potential threats, in the legal services market over the next five years.
Find out more

The future of Britain in Europe: legal services

As the debate on the UK's position in Europe hots up in the media, take a look at the reports we have published that aim to help you navigate the impact that a possible Brexit could have on the legal services sector:

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Events and webinars

Workshop: Top tips for enhancing performance - emotional intelligence, communication and resilience (17 March, London)

Recent findings found that stress and depression accounted for half of the calls to a charity offering support and advice to lawyers. This workshop is designed to equip you with the means to navigate through the challenging times.
Register now

Seminar: Data protection - preparing for the new regime (26 April, London)

After three years of negotiation, the European Union has agreed a new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will see the biggest reform of data protection regulation in 20 years.
Register now

Event: How to become a trusted business adviser (28 April, London)

Being a trusted adviser and a reliable sounding board are key attributes for in-house lawyers. Aligning yourself to your business and demonstrating your value will put you on the road to becoming business counsel.
Register now

Conference: In-house annual conference 2016 (15 June, London)

This unique one day conference brings together in-house lawyers from the public, private, not-for-profit and charity sectors and provides expert advice on best practice strategies and policies.
Register now

Forum: Compliance support for in-house lawyers (various dates in 2016, London)

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 the introduction of the SRA Handbook, mean that in-house practice is of greater interest to the regulator than ever before.
Register now

Webinar: Legal professional privilege for in-house - UK vs. Europe (18 May, online)

Attend this webinar to gain a practical insight into how privilege works for in-house lawyers and how this gives rise to challenges when dealing with, for example, investigations undertaken by the European Commission.
Register now

ICSA annual conference - exclusive discount for Law Society in-house members (8-9 March, London)

The largest gathering of governance professionals in the UK aims to provide the essential knowledge and technical skills required to be the best in role. A last-minute rate of £450 + VAT (a saving of £150) is still available.
Register now

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