In-house Best Practice Course January 2022

Date: 26th January 2022 - 27th January 2022

Time: 09:30 - 13:00

Location:
Online, Zoom

CPD Hours: 6hours

This course is specifically designed for those who have recently moved in-house in both the public and private sectors, and aims to support and guide new in-house solicitors or those going into a solo legal counsel role or a small in-house team.

6 hours verifiable CPD

 

Are you embarking on an in-house career?

Join us for insights, debate, and practical guidance from experienced in-house lawyers and Law Society of Scotland colleagues.

This course is specifically designed for those who have recently moved in-house in both the public and private sectors, with the aim of supporting and guiding new in-house solicitors or those going into a solo legal counsel role or a small in-house team. We will discuss in-house practice, explore issues such as in-house risk and the unique challenges faced by in-house communities, reflect upon the distinctive relationships with employers and different business functions, and much more.

The course will help answer questions such as:

• How do you succeed in the transition from private practice to in-house?
• What does it mean to advise an organisation with a whole new set of questions and expectations than those faced before?

You will also be able to share your experiences and participate in two facilitated group discussions applying ethical dilemmas and challenging internal dynamics to professional practice related case studies.

Learning outcomes:

• How to identify in-house legal practice objectives and deliver them
• Developing your role from legal counsel to strategic business partner
• Alignment and understanding within your organisation
• Your relationship with the practice rules
• Ethics and key professional practice considerations in the in-house environment
• Client management: External legal services and internal teams
• The challenges facing other in-house legal teams and solutions
• Leadership and strategic communication

Speakers
Solicitor, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and Co-Convener, Law Society of Scotland In-house Lawyers' Committee
Managing Legal Counsel, Outsourcing, Technology & IP, RBS
Head of Professional Practice, Law Society of Scotland
Director, Legal Counsel Services, Vialex
Best Practice Advisor, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission
Principal Solicitor, Aberdeenshire Council
Head of Legal and Corporate Governance, Scottish Social Services Council
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Transaction Services, Vialex
Senior Legal Adviser, Vialex
Senior Legal Adviser, Vialex
Head of Real Estate, Vialex
Head of Professional Conduct, Law Society of Scotland
General Counsel, Head of Risk & Compliance, Johnston Carmichael
Solicitor and Experienced General Counsel
Solicitor, Chartered Company Secretary and Non-Executive Director
Non-Executive Chairman, Anderson Strathern Asset Management
Senior Solicitor, Professional Practice, Law Society of Scotland
Director and Legal Adviser, NHS Central Legal Office
Head of UK Legal Affairs (Wind & Business Development UK), ERG
Day One, Wednesday 26 January | Session One - Navigating In-house

Chair

Sheekha Saha
Solicitor, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and Co-Convener, Law Society of Scotland In-house Lawyers' Committee

Neil Campbell
Managing Legal Counsel, Outsourcing, Technology & IP, RBS
  • Insights on the key characteristics, objectives of delivering advice and common challenges experienced as an in-house lawyer
  • How to succeed in your new in-house role: Practical tips on affecting change, effective engagement and collaboration with other functions

These 15 minutes are an opportunity for delegates to connect with other people who have recently embarked on an in-house career.

Christopher Morgan
Solicitor, Chartered Company Secretary and Non-Executive Director
  • How best to understand the business needs
  • How to build the most effective business relationships - your internal business development plan
  • Identifying and addressing potential challenges
Session Two - Organisational Alignment

Norma Shippin
Director and Legal Adviser, NHS Central Legal Office

John Brett
Non-Executive Chairman, Anderson Strathern Asset Management

In this session, our speakers will discuss the most important things you need to know as an in-house lawyer entering a new organisation. Drawing on their own career experiences in the public and private sectors respectively, they will cover:

• The skills that are expected of in-house counsel
• What is expected of you in terms of legal and non-legal knowledge
• How best to communicate with others in your organisation
• How to navigate the complexities of different organisational structures

Anne Garness
Head of Legal and Corporate Governance, Scottish Social Services Council

Arlene Gibbs
Principal Solicitor, Aberdeenshire Council

Lynette Purves
Head of UK Legal Affairs (Wind & Business Development UK), ERG

During this facilitated session we will discuss a practical scenario with the aim of understanding:

  • The main differences between in-house counsel and external counsel
  • The advantages and challenges of each

Chair

Sheekha Saha
Solicitor, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and Co-Convener, Law Society of Scotland In-house Lawyers' Committee
Day Two, Thursday 27 January | Session One - Risk Management

Chair

Sheekha Saha
Solicitor, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and Co-Convener, Law Society of Scotland In-house Lawyers' Committee

Shareen Gault
General Counsel, Head of Risk & Compliance, Johnston Carmichael

Ian Jones
Solicitor and Experienced General Counsel
  • Embedding risk management by not necessarily talking about risk
  • Understanding a risk framework
  • The impact of culture on risk management
  • Getting to grips with risk appetite
Session Two - In-house Practice Updates

Susan Williams
Best Practice Advisor, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Martin Campbell
Head of Professional Conduct, Law Society of Scotland

Antony McFadyen
Head of Professional Practice, Law Society of Scotland

Sarah Alexander
Senior Solicitor, Professional Practice, Law Society of Scotland
Session Three - Workshop

Seona Burnett
Director, Legal Counsel Services, Vialex

Keith Dinsmore
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Transaction Services, Vialex

Liz Cox
Senior Legal Adviser, Vialex

Morag Waller
Senior Legal Adviser, Vialex

Katie Corrigan
Head of Real Estate, Vialex

During these facilitated workshops we will discuss case studies centred around:

  • Conflict of interest
  • Pressure to be commercial
  • Bribery
  • Identifying your client
  • Whistleblowing
  • Career development

Chair

Sheekha Saha
Solicitor, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and Co-Convener, Law Society of Scotland In-house Lawyers' Committee
Testimonials

"An essential for any solicitor embarking on a career in house."

"The event was very informative for someone who is moving over from private practice to the public sector. It has given me the building blocks to build on my current skills whilst moving in-house."

"Excellent range of speaks and very topical subjects - well worth attending for in house lawyers."

"I genuinely thought this was a brilliant, useful, value for money course. I've found it difficult to get decent in-house tailored courses before - but this hit the nail on the head. Great content, great speakers, great interactive elements. I think this course is particularly a must for anyone at the junior stage of their in-house career. There is something really comforting and affirming in discussing the challenges and issues about being in-house (especially when you work in a tiny in-house team) - hearing about them makes you feel less isolated. This course was a really good use of my time and certainly gives me food for thought on how I think about my future development."

"I thought it was a really useful course as I have only been in house for 9 months so gained a lot out of it."

"The in-house course was very useful and I am glad I attended. The speakers were excellent and their experiences and guidance was of particular use to someone like me who has only been in-house for under a year. The content was thought provoking and reestablished some lessons I can with me in my daily role."

Prices

prices exclude VAT

Member:
£229.00
 
New lawyer:
£194.65
 
Non-member:
£263.35
 
Unemployed member:
£0.00
 

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