SRA Statement of Solicitor Competence: A quick guide for In-house Lawyers & 9 steps to get you started

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Do you need a quick recap? Download a copy of the full report below here There is no longer a need to commit to a specific number of training hours (16 hours) or accredited training but you can still use this system until November 2016. To provide greater flexibility and a more holistic method in…

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SRA changes to learning and development

A guide for In-house Lawyers to Professional Development following changes to the training requirements by the SRA as at April 2015 Brief overview of the changes instituted by the SRA There is no longer a need to commit to a specific number of training hours (16 hours) or accredited training (the S.R.A. no longer accredit…

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Christmas Challenge 2014

2014 Success Table Challenge Find a quiet place to take some time to reflect on the year – feel free to include anything to make you comfortable – mince For each month ask your self what are your 3 successes or highlights for that month. January February March 1.     2.     3.…

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Managing the Organisational and Business Expectations – Part 3 Adding Value

Are you and your colleagues struggling to nail Adding Value in a meaningful way? Whilst ‘managing expectations’ was the top topic in our GCRC survey earlier this year, the main evergreen topic of ‘Value – delivering or adding causes most concern in this vital area of relationships between legal and the business. It is assumed…

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Managing the Organisational and Business Expectations – Part 2 Defining Value

To recap the topic of ‘managing expectations’ was the top topic in our GCRC survey; and continues to be the number one topic when I am training, advising or coaching in-house lawyers. The format for this series of reports is based on the following formula – know – like – trust. Part 1 focused on…

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Managing the expectations of your colleagues – Part 1

Managing the expectations of your colleagues report. Part 1 – What do you know? Introduction This topic of ‘managing expectations’ was the top topic in our General Counsel Research Club* survey and it is the number one topic when I am training, advising or coaching lawyers – so it is a good guess that this…

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Ethics in Action

Ethics in Action Report Did you know that 88% of GCs surveyed by ACC in their 2014 survey say that ethics and compliance are their biggest challenges?  Are these also yours? Ethics and Compliance To me ethics is the ‘soul’ and compliance is the ‘process to demonstrate adherence’, particularly when under investigation by any appropriate…

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Legal Advice – How to increase your chances of being listened to and connecting with your colleagues.

Background and Introduction I have recently been consulted about best practice tips for delivering legal advice to the business both from a sole in-house lawyer perspective; and how to set up team approaches to this to ensure consistent advice is delivered to the business. For those with teams, it is highly recommended that you and…

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Budgets, budgets everywhere but no certainty on legal cost predictions for the in-house counsel to shine here!

Don’t we just love to have those budget conversations where we can be so precise! We sit in those senior management/board meetings waiting with bated breath for our turn! Everyone else is so sure and confident about the figures; and then we start with the ers and ums. ‘Well you see it’s like this, there’s…

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6 Best Practice Tips on Leading Change

At the Co-operative Bank, both during the 1990’s and into the 21st century, we were continually involved in change both as an organisation, and within the legal services department. Here are some techniques we found useful in the change projects we were involved in or initiated.. Some examples were: • Working with Senior colleagues on…

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