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October 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

For the remainder of this year, the committee's focus will include finalising the Law Society's in-house programme plans for 2017. We will also be monitoring the results of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) recent consultation. We are looking forward to continuing to support members through delivering a programme of events and other activities.

With regard to what's left of 2016, we have a number of events planned including Demonstrating value - doing more for less on 5 October, and a Mitigating risk webinar on 31 October. Please also see below for details of the articles featured in our September issue of InsideOut Magazine. The next issue will be published in January 2017.

The committee is also pleased to have been successful in ensuring that the Law Society's Excellence Awards this year recognises both in-house teams and individuals.

For further details on the activities of the Division, including events, please visit the In-house Division webpage. As always, please feel free to email the Division directly to give us your thoughts, to seek our support or just to connect.

Sapna Bedi FitzGerald, chair, In-house Division committee

In-house: Managing like a business

Managing an in-house team as a business adds value, but it requires a significant change in mindset and new ways of working, writes Donny Ching.
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BT's approach to continuous professional development

With a change in the continuous professional development regime on the horizon, Jo Large discusses BT's approach to implementation. BT has welcomed the more flexible and intuitive approach to learning for UK-qualified (England and Wales) solicitors proposed by the SRA.
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Seven reasons why CEOs & CFOs need to pay more attention to legal - Urgently

Ciarán Fenton outlines the issues he perceives in the relationship between the in-house legal team and 'the business'. Featured in our InsideOut Magazine.
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Local government - Shared services and new models of delivery

Shared services may not be a wholly original model, but their application in a changing and increasingly challenging environment is bringing a fresh approach. Featured in our InsideOut Magazine.
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HM Treasury consults on 'fit and proper persons test' for lawyers

With only nine months to go until the latest EU anti-money laundering reforms must be bedded into UK law, the government is consulting on requirements including a new 'fit and proper persons test' for lawyers.
Find out more

Excellence Awards - 20 October

Have you got an idea for an award category for next year's Excellence Awards? If you have a suggestion that you think is important to be included, tell us. Complete the short online form by 17:00 on Friday 21 October.
Submit your idea

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 earlier in this year, 241 members have already connected.
Join the In-house Division LinkedIn group

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Other news

The Law Society at the IBA conference 2016

Brexit is a hot topic is Washington DC at the biggest gathering of lawyers from around the world for the International Bar Association (IBA) annual conference.
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Our CEO Catherine Dixon and president Robert Bourns both delivered speeches at the conference.

Catherine Dixon:

Robert Bourns:

SRA Handbook consultation - What did solicitors and consumers say?

Our survey results show that proposed changes to the SRA Handbook, which would deprive clients of protection, would likely be opposed by both the public and solicitors.

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Events and webinars

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: Mitigating risk: Management and reporting for in-house counsel - 1 CPD hour

Join this free webinar to learn practical solutions and tools to help your legal department make the transition from legal risk manager to strategic risk partner and provide best practice in reporting on risk. Find out how to understand the risk appetite within your organisation, strategies for identifying and monitoring risk, techniques and technologies for managing and reporting on risk, and much more.
Register now - 31 October

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On-demand webinar: In-house legal professional privilege for in-house - UK vs. Europe - 1 CPD hour

Join this webinar to gain a practical insight into how privilege works with the in-house lawyer and how this gives rise to challenges when dealing with, for example, investigations undertaken by the European Commission.
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On-demand webinar: Data protection compliance post-Safe Harbour for In-house lawyers - 1 CPD hour

For over 15 years many UK and European businesses have transferred personal data relating to their employees, customers and suppliers to the US, relying on the US Safe Harbour scheme. However, in a groundbreaking decision (Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner) the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has declared the European Commission's decision in favour of the US Safe Harbour scheme to be invalid.
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On-demand webinar: In-house perspective: How to apply for an ABS - 1 CPD hour

ABSs continue to grow as businesses are looking to stand out in the market. The joining up of public services is not always backed by legislation which allows sharing of legal service, and the local authorities are becoming commissioning organisations of outsourcing work to owned or private companies (and other third party organisations). The 'Access to Justice' agenda has the potential to make some provision of services hard to reach groups.
Watch now

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