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May 2016

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 for not-for-profit organisations and charities.

In-house news and features

In-house Division Committee

The committee met in March, and among other topics, considered the importance of understanding how the in-house community fits into the overall Law Society strategy. Following on from this discussion, committee members are meeting Catherine Dixon, chief executive of the Law Society, Janice More, executive director of general counsel, and Mary Gledhill, executive director of Membership Services as part of the June meeting.

The committee is hoping to learn more about the Law Society's governance review, recent Council elections, and other strategic issues affecting in-house solicitors such as protecting legal professional privilege, separation of legal service regulators from legal professional bodies, and pro bono initiatives.

Our annual in-house conference will take place on 15 June at the Law Society in London. We look forward to seeing many of you at the conference, which will cover changing demands on the legal profession and ensuring an effective in-house department; alongside practical breakout sessions tailored to the different sectors.
Book now

We hosted a well-attended and successful event on 13 May in Manchester. The seminar provided advice and strategies on managing teams to develop in-house capacity and reduce external legal expenditure, and this followed other events in London and Leeds. We will continue to engage with our regions and planning is underway for other events later this year.

As always, please feel free to email us via with the In-house Division to give us your thoughts, to seek our support or just to connect.

InsideOut e-magazine - personal development and wellbeing

The latest edition of our e-magazine looks at personal development and wellbeing for in-house lawyers. Articles include:

Building a thriving intergenerational in-house legal department

Today's in-house legal departments have up to five different generations represented, each with its own values, motivations, needs and wants. Traditional management needs to change to accommodate a multigenerational workforce, says Rachel Brushfield.

Read the articles

Growing influence of general counsel revealed by Law Society report

The Law Society 2016 GC350 report shows that in-house legal teams are growing their influence and credibility. Two thirds of GCs now sit on their organisation's board, with more than half reporting to the CEO.
Read the full report

Last chance to make your nominations: Excellence Awards 2016

Join us in celebrating the most brilliant examples of work undertaken by in-house teams and individual lawyers. In the 10th anniversary of the Excellence Awards, we want to hear about the best and brightest who really make the in-house legal profession shine. The deadline for nominations is Friday 3 June.
Make your nomination today

LinkedIn - In-house Division

Increase your in-house legal network and join the In-house Division LinkedIn group to find out more about news, events and other relevant activities. Since its launch two months ago almost 60 members are already connected.
Join the In-house Division LinkedIn group

The Future of the In-house Lawyer

This new special report offers a collection of essays by in-house counsel from a variety of different organisations. It will be of interest to all in-house lawyers, regardless of where they work or their role within their organisation.
Order your copy today and save 20 per cent with promotion code FIHL16

The Legal Training Handbook

The Legal Training Handbook explains the changes to the wide-ranging reforms to the legal education and training framework.
Order your copy today

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Other news

Law Society governance review

Vice president Robert Bourns discusses our governance review and asks for feedback from members.
Find out more

Legal Services Board report - Prices of Individual Consumer Legal Services

Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon said: 'We welcome the LSB's report on the prices of legal services. The report shows that clients can choose from a broad range of options when purchasing legal services, which allows them to select the level of service they need at the right price for them.'
Read full statement and report

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

Conference: In-house annual conference 2016 - 5 CPD hours

This unique one-day conference brings together in-house lawyers from the public, private, not-for-profit and charity sectors, to provide expert advice on best-practice strategies and policies.
Register now - 15 June, London

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Workshop: Enhanced performance - build resilience and reduce stress - 2 CPD hours

This session will look at the practical steps you can take when you notice that your resilience, or that of your colleagues, is failing. It will include tips on how to relieve stress and an understanding of what impacts on resilience.
Register now - 16 June, London

Workshop: Women Lawyers Division - Leadership - challenging conversations - 2 CPD hours

This session has been developed following the findings of the Law Society research on the barriers facing women solicitors who want to advance their careers. It will help you explore the impact of a range of conflict handling strategies and communication styles.
Register now - 30 June, London

Forum: Compliance support for in-house lawyers - 3 CPD hours

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 means that in-house practice is of greater interest to the regulator than ever before. This forum includes presentations on the key issues affecting in-house lawyers and their employers.
Register now - 7 July, London

Webinar: Legal professional privilege for in-house - UK vs. Europe - 1 CPD hour

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 - 1 June

Webinar: New SRA regime, CPD and continuing competence practical guide - 1 CPD hour

Join this webinar to get an overview of continuing competence - what do I need to know? How do I identify my training needs? How do I keep training records? And how do I demonstrate that the SRA requirements have been met?
Register now - 23 June

Webinar: Data protection for in-house lawyers - 1 CPD hour

Participants will benefit from an explanation of the key concepts of both current and future laws, with practical examples to aid understanding.
Register now - 30 June

In-House Counsel Worldwide summit

Come to Paris for a unique opportunity to share and network with decision makers, and debate the latest challenges impacting the in-house community. Law Society members receive a 33 per cent discount until the end of June.
Register now - 24 and 25 October, Paris

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