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Managing and Leading an Effective In-House Legal Department

Two practical days to understand current best practice and generate creative,
value-added solutions to your management challenges

1-2 Oct 2020

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

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Course overview

Overwhelming volumes of activity, demanding response time and shortage of resource seem to be the fate of many in-house legal
departments. The department needs to justify its existence and develop clarity and consensus about what it focuses on and how
it is resourced. This has to be done in the context of how the organisation manages legal risk and uses legal services.

Some heads of legal departments have ‘no appetite’ for managing others, but find themselves in that position due to
seniority. The temptation to concentrate on matter rather than people management can be great.

This programme enables you to take a step back from the overloaded inbox and explore the options open to you. It includes
discussion time on issues and solutions, with concurrent workshops, as well as the evaluation of sample materials.

Concurrent practical workshops

The programme features concurrent workshop sessions that addresses the key challenges faced by all organisations when trying to refocus resource to meet the demands of the business. The workshop is split by interest depending on whether you have a multi jurisdictional team or are based in one location.


As well as receiving full background notes and documentation, delegates will also receive a copy of the recently published Thorogood publication, Managing In-House Legal Services.

Who should attend?

  • Heads of legal teams or those aspiring to manage other lawyers
  • Legal affairs directors and managers
  • Private practice lawyers contemplating a move to a senior in-house role

Please note that this seminar is relevant to whatever jurisdiction you are practicing in. It is relevant to those working in one in-house team in one location as well as those working in dispersed in-house teams covering several jurisdiction.

Programme at a glance...

Day one

The challenges confronting in-house lawyers

The need and demands for legal services

Resourcing legal services – selection

Resourcing legal services – cost-effective use

Concurrent Workshops

Refocusing legal department resource case studies

Workshop 1 In-house team in one location covering one jurisdiction


Workshop 2 Dispersed in-house team covering several jurisdictions

Business acumen for in-house lawyers

Maximising value within budget constraints

Day two

Risk appetite and compliance challenges

Legal awareness for non-lawyers

Relationship management

Developing the in-house team

Concurrent Workshops

Leadership and performance management challenges

Workshop 1: Functional responsibility without authority


Workshop 2 High performer with adversarial or uncooperative attitude

Competency profiles

A year in the life of a head of a legal team

Developing yourself


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.

Anthony Inglese

Anthony Inglese was the top lawyer in five government departments before his retirement. His last legal department won two awards in 2013 for Best In-House Public Sector Legal Team. He is the leading trainer of lawyers within the Government Legal Service on professionalism and ethics, having trained over 2,500 lawyers during the last 25 years.

Ruth Sweetman

Ruth Sweetman has worked and lived in Australia, Hong Kong, USA, Italy and England and is legally qualified in 3 jurisdictions. She was in private practice for 11 years with Baker & McKenzie and as a partner with Dentons, before first moving in-house as Assistant General Counsel, Europe with a US based global media entity. Over the course of 16 years Ruth has held senior regional in-house roles and managed legal teams at five companies, both globally listed and national, across media, IT and data industries, and is a specialist in managing and training small under-resourced legal departments. For five years she took a step into direct business roles, both operational in a law firm and sales in a globally listed communications operator. As a Senior Director at PanAmSat, a global satellite operator, she headed up their SE Asia division. She has experienced the all-round business perspective from roles in senior sales management, law firm management and business consulting.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 11.00 hours
  • General Council of the Bar: 11.00 hours

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1-2 Oct 2020
1-2 Oct 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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Mark was fantastic! One of the best and most engaging speakers I have encountered in all my years of attending various legal seminars / training. He was knowledgeable, credible, authentic and his advice was very practical and useful. He was also more than happy to spend time during the breaks to answer follow up questions. Ruth was a good speaker and always happy to spend time during the breaks following up on questions and/or giving additional advice, which was much appreciated.

Inga Regenass, VP Legal Technical Operations and IT, Ipsen Pharma SAS

Well delivered course, interesting knowledgeable speakers and very useful material.

Stephanie Hanson, Senior Legal Director, Williams Lea Limited

As the principal speaker on both days, Mark Prebble carried the course. He is experienced and approachable. For a non-technical course for lawyers, a notoriously difficult task, it exceeded expectations.

Mary Johnson, Manager of Legislation Unit, Department of Children

Exceptionally helpful course.

Bartolomeo Migone, General Counsel UN World Food Programme, UN World Food Programme

They were all very inspiring and I thought the material they presented was relevant, useful and insightful. The techniques they shared with us ie Belbin and structuring meetings were also very helpful. Fantastic, would and have recommended it to others!

Eve Hartley , Acting Head of Legal, KnowledgePool Group Ltd

Mark and Ruth were excellent and engaging using a lot of their own personal experience to help explain the issues. Excellent well-presented course that helps you reflect and review your own in-house legal experience.

Rebecca Cleal, Solicitor and Company Secretary, CVS (UK) Limited

The speakers were excellent and understandable especially Mark Prebble.

Silvija Žužul, Head of department, APIS IT d.o.o.

Good supporting docs. Good content. Good place.

Doniyor Nadjimitdinov, Legal Affairs Department Director, Ucell, part of Telia Company

Engaging and friendly.

Nader Mettawa, Principal Legal Advisor , National Petroleum Construction Co NPCC

Excellent overall and a good barometer for what is already being done. Mark is excellent.

Kimberly Erriah-Ali, Group General Counsel / Corporate Secretary, Republic Bank Limited

Overall opinion is that I gained valuable knowledge of managing and leading.

Rustam Rustamov, Head of Contract Management Unit, Ucell, part of Telia Company

Really good - grade A.

Paul McClenaghan, Senior Legal Director / Commercial, Criteo Limited

A very useful course with helpful tips and advice for growing your own profile and developing the team

Samantha Belsey, Legal Counsel, Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

Very interesting, it makes you step from your day work and think about indeed very important topics to effectively manage a legal department

Gloria Bofill, Head of Legal West Europe, KWS Services West

Overall a very enriching experience! The seminar fits equally well to those who start as leaders of a legal dept. and to those who, like me, look for a systematic self-assessment and new aspects after 14 years having managed a legal department. Great achievement to put this program together and present it so well. Thank you!

Andreas Kadletz, General Counsel, Putsch GmbH & Co. KG

Extremely helpful

Yulia Zorina, PJSC ALFA BANK

The course gave inspiration in relation to my role as a leader

Mette Kuhlen Gullach, Head of Legal, Copenhagen Business School

Mark Prebble was a very good presenter. The content was very good.

Joshua Crome, Head of Legal UK and SEE, Statkraft

Very good and easy to follow. Entertaining.

Anne Broudic, Regional General Counsel, EMEIA, Berry Plastics


Burkhard Danckert, Senior Regional Counsel EMEA, Ball Packaging Europe Holding GmbH & Co KG

A provoking course, taking in all aspects of learning of leading an in-house team

Rob Booth, Head of Legal, The Crown Estate

Extremely excellent

Dennis Osei-Hwere, Snr. Manager, Legal Affairs, Forestry Commision

The course content was extremely relevant to me, and I gained some invaluable insight during my participation

Cynthia Parrish , Legal Counsel , Musa Capital

It was very useful.

Louise Heilberg, The Danish Road Directorate

Content and presentation was perfect, the speaker was good as well.

Ildar Shaidullin, Legal Department Manager, Gazprom Neft Middle East B.V.

Very clear, interesting and helpful.

Rosemarie Bala, Lawyer, Snam S.P.A

Very useful

Alessio Minutoli, Lawyer, Snam S.P.A

Excellent. experienced in the role.

Valerie Fiott, Executive Head - Legal, Bank of Valetta plc

Informative and engaging

Sandip Sengupta, ARM Ltd

Excellent, clear and concise.

David Cavell, Solicitor and Head of Legal Services, Natural Resources Wales

Good positive discussions and very good course materials. Participants and speaker from relevant and diverse backgrounds.

Patrick Bergot, General Counsel, Hays plc

Content, presentation and speaker were all good. However, it would have been better to have one more workshop instead of a presentation on each topic.

Damon Dean, Senior Lawyer, Kyocera Document Solutions Europe

Course was very diverse, it covered legal, business and the psychological perspective. Presentation and speaker were great.

Borislav Dakic, Director of Legal Department, Hemofarm AD

Very useful, especially reading the book afterwards. Excellent resource.

Fiona B O’Donnell, Director of Legal Services and University Solicitor, University Of Dundee

One of the most on-point and practically helpful courses I have been on

Peter Ogden, Head of Legal UK, Gallaher Limited

Very good and a must attend for all senior in house lawyers

Nkechi Newton-Denila, EHOD: Legal and Regulatory Services, Vodacom Business (Nigeria)

Speaker referred to the essential items. Presentation was easy to follow. Content was reasonably excessive.

Atilla Lengyel, Director of Legal Department, Mavir ZRt

Both speakers were very good and the course benefited from their respective first hand experience. I would recommend the course to other GCs.

Jonathan Burton, GENERAL COUNSEL, Robert Bosch UK Holdings Limited

I think that this is a very good course especially (but not only) for those who are new in the job or have the task of building a new legal department

Christina Peusch, Head of Legal CCO Eucan, Emerging Markets, North Asia, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GmbH

Way too basic - mostly just presenting trivial matters.

Søren Hostrup, International General Counsel - Attorney-at-Law, Xellia Pharmaceuticals ApS

Good tips and tools provided in assistance to my role as a head of legal

Zhazira Ramazanova, Head of Legal , Maersk Oil Kazakhstan GmbH

Just the best of what was expected. The speakers were just so wonderful.

Francis Ikomey, Director of Legal Affairs, Cameroon Airlines Corporation

I enjoyed the course, I found the content and fellow participants interesting and informative.

Stuart Astbury, Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

Precise, straight to the point, interesting practical learning cases.

Anton Rogachevskiy, Legal Director, Baltika Brewery

Very good - very interactive

Mette Fogt, General Counsel, DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals Netherlands B.V.

Excellent and relevant presentations. Topical with presenters with real life experience.

Diana Wilson Patrick, General Counsel, Caribbean Development Bank

Very good course and I'll recommend it to others

Nasser Al-Naemi, Legal Counsel, Qatar Foundation


Sue Renny, DAS Legal Expenses Insurance