Are you trying to break into a legal career? Do you want to build up some experience of working with a successful in-house lawyer? Are you interested in the development of legal services in the UK including ethics and compliance? If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes”, then this role may be … More Legal Researcher Required
Can you help me to help others? We often hear about the power of networks. Does networking really work? I am trying to raise money for a small charity run by volunteers, who do work in Nepal. They are called New Futures Nepal. They work with disadvantaged and disabled youngsters in Nepal . You can … More 14 Days to Change the World
The SRA has warned in-house lawyers to remember how they deal with members of the public.
A survey last year found one fifth of junior in-house lawyers now aspire to the boardroom. I recalled that survey when I was asked a couple of weeks ago “Should the in-house lawyer accept a place on the Board of their company?” At present, few UK lawyers can boast of having (so to speak) a … More A Seat on the Board
My article on value creation and, in particular, the “Value Creation Conundrum” for in-house lawyers is to be published by the Ark Group in the forthcoming publication “Demonstrating Value in In House Legal Teams’ (ed. Helen Roche) The article considers the problems for in-house lawyers of showing the causal link between their efforts and the value … More News: Value Creation Article
This weekend I had the pleasure of joining the New Futures Nepal Team as they tackled Ben Nevis for charity. This is us at the summit having scaled Britain’s highest mountain, standing at 4049 feet. The “tourist track” proofed to be a monstrous misnomer (it is now called the “Mountain Track” on the official website), … More News: Ben Nevis Scaled
In my last blog piece, I suggested in-house lawyers should see themselves at the hub of value creation in organisations. My view is that too many in-house teams allow themselves to be put in the boxes of “reactive” and “defensive” by their non-lawyer colleagues. As a result, they are portrayed as “Dr No,” “LastMinute.Com” and … More The Great Value Creation Conundrum
I will be speaking at this year’s Law Society In House Lawyers’ Conference on best practice in procurement of legal services followed by an interactive session. The event is taking place this Thursday, 15th May 2014 at the Law Society Hall, Chancery Lane London. If you are interested in coming along, please follow this link … More News: Legal Services Procurement Best Practice
For UK lawyers, if not others, the world is turning upside down. As a result of technology and the liberalisation of the legal services market, the way in which the legal profession does business is rapidly changing. Supermarkets and accountants can now run law firms, if they choose. Proliferation is the order of the day … More Brave New World
Robert Burns was a shrewd observer of the human condition. He wrote that the best laid plans of men and (more surprisingly) mice often go awry.  If you understand why plans get blown off course, you can start building more resilient plans. The good in-house lawyer plans. Not just project plans for executing an M&A transaction … More Mike Tyson: Business Guru?