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In-house best practice course

Date: 26th April 2018

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Law Society of Scotland
Atria One, 144 Morrison Street

Explore the unique set of challenges faced by in-house lawyers in this interesting, interactive course specially designed for those who have recently taken on an in-house role.

Book by 21 March to save 20% on the above prices with our Early Bird rate

5.5 verifiable CPD hours

Are you embarking on a new in-house career?

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?

Join us on Thursday 26 April to explore the unique set of challenges faced by new in-house lawyers in the public and private sectors as professional practice, ethical dilemmas and challenging internal dynamics are all put under the spotlight.

This course will appeal to those who have recently started in-house and seek to shape their in-house role within a small or large team, as well as for those in sole legal counsel roles.

Experience insights, debate, and practical group sessions given by a number of experienced in-house lawyers and receive expert guidance from the Law Society of Scotland’s Professional Practice and Regulation teams.

We will explore the unique challenges faced by in-house communities and reflect upon the distinctive relationships with employers and different business functions.

You will also be able to share your experiences and participate in facilitated group discussions based on professional practice related case studies, ethical questions and challenging internal expectations.

By attending this course, you will develop an understanding of:

•    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

  • 09:00 - 09:30

    Registration and refreshments

  • Colin Anderson, former Legal Manager, Standard Life, Council member, Law Society of Scotland


  • 09:45 - 10:25

    Working in-house: the key characteristics of an in-house lawyer

    •    In this shared keynote session, we welcome two experienced in-house solicitors from both large and small in-house teams to share their 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


    Maree Allison, Director of Fitness to Practice, SSSC

    Leigh Kirkpatrick, Senior Legal Counsel, RBS


    10:25 - 11:05

    Dealing with internal clients

    •    People management and strategic communication
    •    Assertion
    •    Recognising new approaches: If your role does not interact with the CEO or board, how do you engage or pitch to other important levels of stakeholders, internal clients and non-legal business functions?


    Andrew Todd, General Counsel, Springfield Properties plc


    11:05 - 11:24

    Panel discussion and opportunity to pose questions on particular issues affecting your role and organisation

  • 11:25 - 11:40

    Refreshments and networking
  • 11:40 - 11:50

    Jennifer Sinclair, Best Practice Advisor, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission


    11:50 - 12:15

    In-house and standards of conduct: your relationship with the practice rules

    •    In-house solicitors and the complaints process


    Margot Walker, Head of Investigations, Law Society of Scotland


    12:15 - 12:40

    Key professional practice considerations for in-house lawyers

    •    Who is your client?
    •    Conflict of interests
    •    Business and personal
    •    Your role


    Matthew Thompson, Senior Solicitor, Professional Practice, Law Society of Scotland


    12:40 - 12:55


  • 12:55 - 13:40

    Lunch, refreshments and networking
  • 13:40 - 14:20

    Understanding your organisation: management expectations of in-house counsel

    •    What does a CEO or senior manager expect from the organisation’s in-house lawyer?
    •    Alignment with internal teams, functions and governance
    •    Identifying in-house legal practice objectives and delivering them


    Charles Hammond, Chief Executive Officer, Forth Ports LTD.


    14:20 - 15:00

    Current developments of interest to in-house lawyers – recent cases from the Supreme Court and Inner House


    David Anderson, Advocate, Westwater Advocates


  • 15:00 - 15:15

    Refreshments and networking
  • 15:15 - 16:30

    •    Facilitated workshop discussing: professional practice related case studies, ethical dilemmas and challenging internal dynamics
    •    Discussion will be facilitated by an experienced in-house solicitor
    •    Consolidation session with facilitator panel discussion of points and issues raised from the groups

    Chair: Norma Shippin, Legal Adviser and Director, Central Legal Office, NHS Scotland

    Facilitors: Mhairi Maguire, Head of Legal and Corporate Governance, ENABLE Scotland

                    Graeme McWilliams, Legal Adviser, Standard Life Aberdeen plc

                    Russell Eadie, Senior Solicitor, Professional Practice, Law Society of Scotland


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