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July 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 In-house committee met in June, and among other topics, evaluated its performance and progress since it was established in February 2015. We also received an update from chief executive Catherine Dixon on a range of matters. In particular, we explored with her the representation of the division in council.

Members of the committee also attended and participated in the annual In-house Division conference on 15 June, which attracted 150 delegates. I enjoyed the event and we will take into account all feedback in planning next year's conference. The key difference in planning the event this year was the committee's involvement and input. Please let us have your feedback so we can make sure the Law Society delivers services and events relevant to you.

While we have a full diary of events planned for the rest of 2016, we are now starting to plan for 2017. The committee is next meeting in September. For further details on the work of the committee and on the activities of the division, including events, please visit the In-house Division webpage.

As always, please feel free to email us to give us your thoughts, to seek our support or just to connect.

Sapna Bedi FitzGerald, chair, In-house Division Committee

Report: Mapping the moral compass

The Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London Faculty of Law (UCL Laws) recently released a report on the ethical leadership for in-house lawyers initiative. It covers the relationships between in-house lawyers' role, professional orientations, team cultures, organisational pressures, ethical infrastructure and ethical inclination.
Read the full report

Brussels Agenda - In-house focus

The latest issue of our Brussels Agenda publication includes articles on key challenges for aspiring in-house lawyers, growing influence of general counsels, how to successfully progress in your in-house career, in-house lawyer survey on EU Membership and legal professional privilege.
Read all articles

Diploma in Local Government Law and Practice - Apply before 15 August

This diploma is a one-year, self-study course which provides a route to self-improvement, skills development and career enhancement. It is recognised by delegates and employers alike as a sign of commitment to the field, proof of ability and a stepping-stone to more senior posts. If you are interested in enrolling, or would like further information, please see the prospectus on our website. Alternatively, you can email

LinkedIn - In-house Division

Increase your in-house legal network and join the In-house Division LinkedIn group for news, events and other relevant activities. Since its launch four months ago, 130 members have already connected.
Join the In-house Division LinkedIn group

The Future of the In-house Lawyer report

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

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Other news

Brexit and the legal sector

The EU referendum result will lead to a surge in demand for legal expertise and guidance. We provide regularly updated information, advice and insight for solicitors.
Find out more

Law Society welcomes new president Robert Bourns

Partner at the national law firm TLT Solicitors, Robert Bourns takes office as the 172nd president of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Find out more

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Events and webinars

Workshop: Top tips for enhancing performance - 2 CPD hours

Building resilience and managing troublesome emotional outbursts (in yourself and others) are turning out to be essential skills for survival in business today.
Register now - 14 September, London

Seminar: Directions in corporate governance and reporting - 2 CPD hours

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) policy director, Peter Swabey, David Styles at the Financial Reporting Council and Nilufer von Bismarck, Partner at Slaughter & May lead this session.
Registration details available soon on our website - 22 September, London

Seminar: Demonstrating value - doing more for less - 2 CPD hours

Time and resource are precious commodities, especially with on-going pressure on legal spend and an ever increasing workload. Progressive in-house teams are exploring how to move from being a reactive support function to an integrated business partner while demonstrating alignment and value.
Register now - 5 October, London

Webinar: Risk: Management and reporting for in-house counsel - 1 CPD hour

Join this free webinar to find out what legal risk management means to in-house counsel and their businesses, and how legal risk can be assessed and controlled. There is an increased focus on compliance activities and the need for businesses to report on how they are managing compliance risk (eg the new requirement to report on data protection compliance). In-house counsel need to analyse risk in a structured way.
Registration details available soon on our website - September (date to be confirmed)

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