Effectively Managing Legal Risk and Preserving Reputation

This practical and interactive 2-day programme will ensure you understand where your organisation is exposed and how you can successfully protect against risk.

6-7 Nov 2019

& 5-6 Nov 2020

GBP 1,299
EUR 1,819
USD 2,026

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Course overview

Legal risk is just part of the framework of risk and reward which business people have to manage. Once an organisation establishes a legal or risk department, there can be a tendency for business people to abdicate responsibility and the in-house lawyer effectively confiscates the management of legal risk. Poor management of legal risk can impair the prosperity and growth of a business by an accumulation of ineptitude or the drama of a showstopper.

It is undeniable that an organisation will be more agile in today’s demanding environment if it is:

  • Equipped with a good understanding of the legal implications of actions (or inactions) and the commitments entered into
  • Involving lawyers in the right things at the right time

In today’s uncertain world with political upheaval having an impact on regulatory regimes and contractual commitments, legal risk can be exacerbated by making assumptions that prove to be flawed. Brexit is just one example of this. Whilst in-house lawyers cannot reliably predict what the outcomes might be, we can assist our organisations to manage the uncertainty.

This interactive two-day seminar has been designed for in-house lawyers and business people who need to work together to ensure that the relevant legal risks can be well managed with reliable, but not cumbersome, processes, as well as awareness and compliance programmes.

Who should attend?

  • In-house lawyers
  • Legal affairs directors and managers
  • Senior corporate counsel and advisers
  • Risk and compliance officers
  • Commercial and contracts managers and directors
  • Business development executives
  • Business executives who need a greater understanding of legal risk


A key feature of this seminar is the practical workshop on managing the multiple strands of risk – regulatory, contractual and third party – involved in three testing scenarios.

Newly updated programme for 2019

Programme - day one

Introduction – what is risk?

  • Identifying risks
  • Is all risk bad?

Top risks for today’s businesses – what to focus on

  • Corporate failure
  • Product or service failure
  • Health and safety issues
  • Regulatory investigation
  • The black swan theory
  • Ultimately – what are the three things that could have the highest impact on your business?

Collaborative legal risk management

  • Business engagement at a senior level
  • Use of legal resources
  • Prioritisation
  • Review – an internal audit
  • Engagement at an individual level

How to ensure effective compliance within your business

  • First, second and third lines of defence
  • The impact of business culture
  • The chief risk officer and effective risk team
  • The role of the lawyer
  • How do you compare?


How to deal with major risks

  • Scenario 1: cyber attack – data breach or loss
  • Scenario 2: serious accident involving an employee
  • Scenario 3: you’re broke!

Identifying risks – management and mitigation

  • Designing an effective risk programme
  • Risk registers – how to make them practical and effective
  • Looking at the positive too

Implementing an effective compliance programme

  • Design – who leads and who should be involved?
  • Introduction to the compliance programme
  • Sustaining the programme – management buy-in
  • Investigation

Programme - day two

Raising legal awareness across your business

  • Upsides and downsides
  • Elements of a programme
  • Boosting credibility

*Advising the board on risk management *

  • The role of the board
  • The role of the audit and/or risk committee
  • Preparing for the questions they might ask
  • How you should respond
  • Dealing with political and economic uncertainty • Providing assurance

Managing dispute resolution (including practical exercise)

  • Being prepared – choice of forum and choice of law
  • Practical exercise: evaluating alternatives
  • Embarking on litigation – fact investigation
  • Costs and funding
  • Trends and conclusions

Managing legal costs as part of managing legal risks

  • Scoping options – identify the end goal and agree the approach
  • Billing options pros and cons: traditional, alternative, hybrid
  • Triangular visibility and communication
  • Tracking and review – tools and techniques


Designing legal awareness sessions for sales and procurement teams

  • The aim of this workshop is to provide guidance, models and confidence to raise the awareness of risk and how to manage various scenarios within your business.

Preparing for media attention

  • Media monitoring
  • Blocking publication hurdles and setting the record straight
  • Online ‘remedies’
  • Political dimension
  • Crisis management
  • Media training and response rehearsal

Self-help and contract automation

  • Pre-requisites
  • Useful resources


Mark Prebble

Mark Prebble worked for ICI and The BOC Group plc in the UK, and Biogen and SGS in Switzerland during his 21 years as an employed in-house lawyer. He held the positions of General Counsel at SGS and Group Legal Adviser at The BOC Group plc. Since 1998 when he established Lawyers in Business, Mark has worked with in-house legal departments, providing coaching and support for in-house lawyers, wherever located, on management issues, legal department performance and projects involving raising legal awareness. He has written Managing In-house Legal Services for Thorogood Publishing.

Justin Weare

Justin Weare is a partner at Blake Morgan LLP. He is an English law qualified and practicing commercial litigation solicitor who advises on complex commercial disputes, often international and multi-jurisdictional in scope. Justin has considerable experience – both at Blake Morgan LLP and at a global law firm where he practised for more than a decade – of heavyweight commercial claims in national and overseas courts and in international arbitration. His broad practice includes shareholder/joint venture, company, contractual, claimant civil fraud, offshore and energy disputes.

Ian White

Ian White is a former Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary for both listed and private companies. While he has spent most of his career as a lawyer, he also has an MBA and has spent some time working as a strategy consultant. Ian now works as a consultant, coach, trainer and facilitator. His previous in-house experience has led him to develop an expertise in corporate governance, working with boards, leaders and lawyers on effectiveness, enhancement and performance. He spends much of his time reviewing and advising boards and management teams on structure, dynamics and how they can excel in leading their organisations. While his main focus is on FTSE 100/250 and major private companies he also works with professional services firms, public sector bodies and a number of charities and other not-for-profit organisations. Ian also works with lawyers, both in-house and in private practice, on working more closely and effectively with their clients, encouraging lawyers to think of themselves as business people first and lawyers second.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 11.50 hours
  • General Council of the Bar: 11.50 hours

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6-7 Nov 2019
6-7 Nov 2019 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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5-6 Nov 2020
5-6 Nov 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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Please note: this event is being organised by our training partner Falconbury; clicking Enrol will take you to falconbury.co.uk to complete your purchase.

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Interesting content with great presentation and experienced speakers

Elmira Mamirova, Lawyer, Kcell JSC

The course content was brief, direct and engaging which is how I prefer my learning interventions. The speakers were obviously knowledgeable with a wealth of experience in their respective fields. I will definitely recommend the course to colleagues, lawyers and non - lawyers inclusive.

Adeola Adeyanju, Legal Officer, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC

Practical, punchy, challenging. Dealt with right issues in the right amount of detail

Colin Millward, Commercial Legal & Risk Manager, Fabricom Oil, Gas & Power Limited

It was great

José Rufino Torija Martí, Legal Counsel, Corporación Medichem, S.L.

Excellent. Engaging and varied speakers. Good practical advice.

Maria Brindley , , Appello Limited

Thoroughly enjoyed the course, the presentations and the speakers

Marleen Haye, Director of Legal & Corporate Affairs, Buongiorno UK Ltd

All great

Fadi ElJurdi, Managing Counsel, MBC Group

Competent and user friendly at the same time

Umberto Musone, Legal Counsel, Ferrero S.p.A.

Very good in all aspects

Ólafur Lúther Einarsson, General Counsel, Vátryggingafélag Íslands hf.

Excellent, experienced speakers who provided practical and useful advice

Clare Marland, Principal Lawyer , Spelthorne Borough Council

Excellent. Course materials very impressive.

Alison Ford, Barrister, Ignis Asset Management Ltd

Overall the course was excellent: The content was very relevant, most of the presentations were vivid, practical, and easy to understand, use, and last, but not least, the speakers were excellenced with a clear communication, were humorous, and succeeded in involving everybody. So another "5" for the interactivity level and knowledge sharing with the other participants.

Henrik Rasmussen, General Counsel, VKR Holding A/S

It was rich, enriching and has added value to my job description.

Adama Pindar, Senior Legal Officer, Galaxy Backbone Ltd

This was excellent and very informative and interactive. I learned great deal by attending this course.

Mekki Abbas Mekki, Legal Advisor , ASTAD Project Management

It was rich, enriching and has added value to my job description.

Adama Pindar, Senior Legal Officer, Galaxy Backbone Ltd

Good course, practical, enough details, overall impression very good.

Malene Stadil, Senior Vice President, Danske Bank A/S

Good course, practical, enough details, overall impression very good.

franca akue, Managing Partner, Dominion Chambers

Very good. Definitely learnt a lot that I'll be using in my work.

Boma Odu, Legal Counsel, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria

Once again Mark and Richard were fantastic

Joergen Schou, Chief of Staff, University of Southern Denmark

I will describe the course with one word: "Excellent"

Okey Ejibe, General Counsel, Computer Warehouse Group Plc

A great opportunity to take time out and discuss management of legal risk and took away some practical guidance from Mark and Richard.

Camilla Waite, Head of Legal & Business Affairs, PPL Limited

The most useful/ insightful course of this type I've attended in recent years; a pleasant surprise!

Martin Lenihan, Barrister, Skanska UK Plc

Great course that reminds us as in-house lawyers of the need to take positive steps to be identified as a partner in the business rather than an obstacle or check box

Fe Lopez-Collymore, Consultant Legal and Corporate Governance, Self employed

Very well presented and an insightful two day course

Vikki White, Paralegal EMEAI, Afton Chemical Limited

The course was no less than adequate

Ikechi Jim Nnah, Contract Manager, Vodacom Business (Nigeria)

Very good presenters, solid content and enjoyable two days

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