Risk Management and Governance Certified Course

Date: 21st September 2021 - 22nd October 2021

Online, Zoom

The course does not require a risk management background and promotes an easily accessible approach to risk decision making. It is suitable for both in-house lawyers and those who manage risk in private practice.

18 hours verifiable CPD + 4 hours private study

We live in an uncertain world. Yet we have to manage our businesses and professional lives in that world. Furthermore, the financial collapse of 2008, BP’s Macondo disaster and scandals such as Volkswagen, phone hacking and #MeToo increased the pressure on lawyers and governance professionals to become active in risk management. Covid-19 exposed significant gaps in operational risk planning as the unthinkable became part of everyday life.

However, for many, the subject is a closed book. There has been little or no professional training available relevant to them. This training course introduces those who need to know about risk management to the subject. Participants will gain an understanding of the key issues and terminology. They will also get a feel for the key drivers in culture, behaviour, and ethics that are key in risk decision making.

Whilst learning that we are all risk managers, the course emphasises how much attendees already really know, but provides a structure for them to use that latent knowledge to engage with stakeholders.

The course does not require a risk management background and promotes an easily accessible approach to risk decision making. It is suitable for both in-house lawyers and those who manage risk in private practice.

If you’re not a member, or have already completed our Risk Management modules, please contact our CPD team to book: CPD@lawscot.org.uk

This course is priced at £960 + VAT

Solicitor and Experienced General Counsel
Previous delegates say...

"I thoroughly enjoyed, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the online course. Ian is an excellent combination of a practitioner very knowledgeable in the theory of risk management who also embraces the commercial pragmatism that we Solicitors should, and are expected to, demonstrate daily. I found the real value was that the course encouraged us to develop a very dynamic, justifiable and ever-applicable, risk management mindset rather than simply focussing on dissecting the current regulatory framework. The course encouraged an understanding of the history, future and current cultural understanding of risk in society and organisations."

Susannah Pencovich, In-House Counsel at Scottish Enterprise

"This course was very informative and really made me think about possible scenarios, particularly in the workplace. I enjoyed having the opportunity to discuss issues openly and honestly without any prejudice."

Gemma Baillie, Partner, Mclean and Stewart LLP

The course does not require a risk management background and promotes an easily accessible approach to risk decision making. It is suitable for both in-house lawyers and those who manage risk in private practice.

  • Explain how lawyers can approach risk decision making in an uncertain world
  • Understand how the appetite of clients for risk differs between clients, how that appetite is derived and expressed.
  • Look at the different types of risks including those that are beyond control and also focus on legal risk so that delegates may identify the relevant risks when advising or working on transactions.
  • Understand tools that are available to lawyers to help their clients manage or mitigate risks (contract clauses, due diligence, litigation tactics etc.).
  • Provide a risk-based decision-making framework to help the lawyers guide clients through the legal risk decision making process.

The course is designed to give participants confidence that they can effectively manage risks in a proportionate and appropriate way. The course will also help participants appreciate that uncertainty is normal and provides as many opportunities to succeed as it does to fail.

Delegates will get course notes, a copy of the course slides and a personal risk decision making framework.

  1. Sign up for the certified course in Risk Management and Governance
  2. Complete introductory pre-training online modules in risk management (2 hr verified CPD - fulfills compulsory risk management CPD obligation)
  3. Attend five short seminars (10 hrs verified CPD)
  4. Attend two tutorials (4 hrs verified CPD)
  5. Online submission of assignment (2 hr verified CPD)
  6. Certification in Risk Management and Governance awarded with use of our marque

Optional online private study consolidation package (4 hr private study CPD).

For over thirty years in both private practice and in-house, Ian has been involved in major projects and transactions that carried significant consequences for his clients and organisations. He has been a General Counsel and Company Secretary as well as a senior manager and lawyer at companies such as BT, BP and Thomson Reuters.

He has taught lawyers and others legal risk management for a number of years. His approach is practical, but also looks at risk as more than managing by algorithms and checklists. His humane approach encompasses culture, ethics and human behaviour has given numerous delegates a deeper insight into this vital and fascinating subject.

Ian is the author of Butterworth’s In-House Lawyers Handbook.

Course components

Completion of our four risk management modules covering: 

  • Payment Fraud
  • Letters of Engagement
  • Risk Management and Business Continuity
  • Conflicts of Interest

Our four bespoke modules, created in association with RSA Insurance Group and Lockton, the broker to the Master Policy, will ensure that you have the skills to manage, mitigate and avoid risk on behalf of you and your employer and keep professional indemnity insurance premiums down. 

You can find detailed information about these modules on our webpage.

Counts as 2 hours of verified CPD and fulfills compulsory risk management CPD obligation.

Webinar 1: Risk - Operating in an Uncertain World
Tuesday 21 September, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

The session will look at our uncertain world and how we approach that world in our role as lawyers. Delegates will consider the different categories of risk and be introduced to the key terminology that we will be using throughout the course (risk, legal risk, incidence, impact, controls, mitigations etc.)

2 hours verifiable CPD. 

Webinar 2: Risky Behaviour - How We Approach Risk
Tuesday 28 September, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

The session will look at personal and organisational risk appetites, look at the factors that influence approaches to risk (e.g., culture, ethics, experience, knowledge), consider the biases that affect our risk thinking and put forward a structure for good risk decision making. 

Tutorial 1
Thursday 30 September, 2pm - 3pm

Tutorial one will take place between sessions two and three. It will reflect on sessions one and two, drawing on delegates own experiences of risks situations. In particular, they will be invited to think about behavioural biases that may have been in play and how those affected the handling of the risk situation.

There will be around one hour of preparation required for this tutorial. 

Webinar 3: Creating Your Risk Management Plan
Tuesday 5 October, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

In this session we will put together key risk management documents focusing on the risk appetite statement, risk register, the difference between gross and net risk.

Webinar 4: Implementing and Managing Your Risk Plan
Tuesday 12 October, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

The session will suggest how you implement your plan, the importance of monitoring, reviewing and updating the plan, using after action reviews and near miss reports effectively.

Tutorial 2
Thursday 14 October, 2pm - 3pm

Tutorial 2 will take place between sessions four and five. The tutorial will focus on the legal controls and mitigations that delegates can use in their organisation, how they monitor them, how they measure success and what lessons they can draw from their own experiences.

There will be around one hour of preparation required for this tutorial. 

Webinar 5: Crisis Management and How to Have a Good Crisis
Tuesday 19 October, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Using a fictional case study, the session will unfold a crisis and look at possible responses at each stage. Delegates will actively participate by assuming the roles of non-lawyers to understand how legal advice both might help and hinder crisis management.


The assignment will reflect back on the content covered throughout the course. It will be distributed during the course and due to be submitted online by 11.59pm on Friday 22 October.

Gain 4 extra hours of private study materials to enhance and consolidate your knowledge in the context of your own organisation.

Materials will be provided by the course tutor. 

What others have said who have attended Ian’s previous risk management training

"Absolutely excellent. Really good, practical information well delivered – couldn’t ask for a better speaker"

"Humane presentation. Refreshingly candid and good at the grey areas and the value of being human"

"This was a very valuable session and that is down to the experience of the speaker"

"Excellent speaker and clearly very knowledgeable. Presented subject in a clear and engaging way. Very impressive"

"Ian presented extremely well, and mercifully, was able to do so as an engaging and sympathetic person – not stuck on legalese and valuing the subtle"

"Ian Jones was outstanding – an excellent presenter. His approach and presentation were fantastic"

"Excellent talk, not just law so made you think"


prices exclude VAT

£960 + VAT

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