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The Mini MBA for In-house Lawyers Training Course

Business, commercial, financial and leadership skills to manage and develop a sound and strategically effective in-house legal department

17-20 May 2022

& 1-4 Nov 2022

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Why you should attend

This inspirational four-day programme uses the latest MBA thinking and techniques to focus on the real and challenging issues that are confronting today’s in-house legal departments.

The expert trainers, from a legal and business background, will share their own experiences from working as in-house lawyers and business managers. They will refer to and explore up-to-the-minute management and leadership methodologies and techniques. By attending this intensive course, you will benefit from their considerable expertise and have time to explore new skills and ways of working under their guidance to ensure you succeed in a demanding role.

This programme also offers a unique networking opportunity to share existing best practice and established industry-wide norms with colleagues from different organisations and countries.

The objectives of this course

As a result of attending this programme, you will be able to:

  • Engage with business colleagues when strategic choices are being made
  • Review the role and strategy of the in-house legal function
  • Define and demonstrate the rationale and value of the legal department to the rest of the organisation
  • Achieve better outcomes by applying project management techniques
  • Mobilise more effective teamwork within and outside the legal team
  • Participate more confidently in discussions involving financial analysis
  • Withstand cost cutting pressures by highlighting coherent resource priorities
  • Establish strong working relationships with business colleagues in order to influence behaviour and attitudes towards legal issues
  • Manage and lead the in-house legal team to high performance
  • Access and enhance core leadership management techniques in the context of effective change management
  • Pursue the best remuneration options with external law firms and gain value for money from their services
  • Examine and understand how successful Heads of Legal have applied a commercial and strategic focus to achieve results
  • Measure and boost the performance of the legal team through valuable assessment and coaching

Who should attend?

This course will be particularly beneficial to:

  • Heads of legal departments
  • Legal affairs directors and managers
  • Senior corporate counsel and advisers
  • Legal departments CEOs
  • Key corporate law team members
  • Private practice lawyers seeking a switch to an in-house role


Module 1: Business strategy and strategic planning

Your strategy

  • Your business has a strategy – do you know what it is?
  • Is it taking you where you need to be?

Strategy, tactics and choices

  • Definition
  • Classic strategy development
    • Why do you exist?
    • How do you deliver value for others?
    • Who are you?
    • What performance do you need?
    • What is your message?
  • Top-down vs bottom-up strategies

Strategies for winning vs strategies for success

  • The difference between success and winning and when to focus on each
  • Creating strategies for success
  • Strategic activity systems

Module 2: Developing your strategy for legal services

  • Building the full picture of the need and demands for legal services
  • Risk appetite and corporate culture

Selecting and selling the right options for the provision of legal services

  • In-house capability decisions
  • External providers
  • Cost implications
  • Practical exercise: Developing a blueprint

Module 3: Leading and managing strategic change

Strategy, change and people

  • Eight levels of change
  • Compelling strategies for everyone to follow

How you experience change

  • Change-U
  • People types and change
  • Leading yourself through change
  • Followership through change
  • Leading others through change
  • Integrating actions, beliefs, cultures and processes to enable change

The change toolkit

  • Types of change
  • Change readiness assessment
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • The politics of change
  • Communication
  • Influence
  • Networking
  • Success factors

Module 4: Project management and teamwork

The essentials of project management

  • Key elements for effective project management
  • Overview of basic project management tools
  • Practical exercise: Applying the project management approach to your work


  • Team roles and composition
  • Team membership qualities
  • Team leadership qualities
  • Dealing with team tensions and non-performance
  • Practical exercise: Developing the in-house legal team

Module 5: Understanding the business from a financial perspective

The history and the accounts

  • All of the jargon around rules and the like
  • The main statements and what they tell you
  • How to interpret the figures to understand the business issues
  • Valuing a business from the accounts – EBITDA etc.

The future and the need for business processes

  • The boardroom jargon quiz
  • Business plans – why are they needed and how are they prepared?
  • The use of budgets and management information to control businesses
  • Why cash is king and the need for cash flow forecasts
  • Investment decisions explained: net present values, rates of return, payback periods
  • Practical exercise: Forecasting cashflow, profit and loss and a balance sheet

Module 6: Managing a budget and external expenditure

Managing fees with external law firms

  • Getting the best value

The problems with traditional fee arrangements

  • What do law firms want?
  • Understanding the cost and the cash flow

Finding ways of operating more creative and ‘winwin’ fee arrangements

  • How do you encourage greater efficiency – the use of matter planning and pricing tools
  • Fee negotiation – making it more effective and less stressful
  • Genuinely creative fee arrangements that help everyone
  • Making sure there are no unforeseen surprises on fees
  • Getting the engagement letter right
  • Practical ways of managing scope creep

Module 7: People management and leadership

Understanding and fostering motivation and engagement

  • Motivation theory
  • Demotivation is easy
  • Neutralising negativity and scepticism
  • Practical exercise: Performance management scenarios

Emotional intelligence and leadership qualities

  • Developing yourself
    • As a leader and as a manager

Module 8: Influencing and decision-making

  • Analysing stakeholders
  • Deciphering cultural differences
  • Problem-solving tools and processes
  • Decision-making tools and processes
  • Practical exercise: Contributing effectively to decision-making

The view from the other side

  • Learning from those in-house lawyers who have become business leaders
    • What pointers for us does their hindsight provide?
    • What best prepared them to be candidates for a business role?


Graham Boyd (More...)

Graham Boyd is known for his success in leading people, business, research, strategy and multi-stakeholder dialogue. He integrates hard skills with soft skills, to enable clients to connect the organisation’s purpose and strategy with the behaviours required. Over the past ten years his focus as entrepreneur and business transformation consultant has been on what has recently become known as Teal, or self-managing and deliberately developmental organisations. Graham started his professional life in high energy physics and computing then moved to Procter & Gamble, where he led the successful development of new products and new organisations. He combined complex systems thinking: seeing the whole, the interactions, and the parts and then changing the system for the better to drastically improve their operations in Asia and then in Europe. At P&G he worked globally with the in-house legal team to develop strategic thinking and management skills. Since leaving P&G in 2008 Graham has been an accomplished consultant, trainer and coach, and achieved great success with organisations and teams globally in developing their strategic decision-making skills, and empowering them to link their operations to overall business performance.

Robert Mowbray (More...)

Robert Mowbray is one of the longest standing and most widely known trainers of professionals having worked in and with law, accounting and other organisations for over 25 years. He is renowned as a trainer in things ‘financial’ and has considerable experience of helping lawyers to read financial statements and in helping professional firms to increase profitability through more efficient and effective working practices. Robert was the author of Maximising the Profitability of Law Firms and has trained or consulted with over 400 firms in over 20 countries. He has been voted Trainer of the Year by the Legal Education & Training Group and is the current author of the annual financial benchmarking survey organised by the Law Management Section of the Law Society. The unique experience that Robert has gained puts him in a position to independently and authoritatively help in-house legal departments understand strategic financial management and how they can build effective relationships with external law partners.

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17-20 May 2022
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17-20 May 2022
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GBP 2,599 2,199
EUR 3,639 3,079
USD 4,054 3,430
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  • 4 days classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy
1-4 Nov 2022
Face-to-face, (venue not yet confirmed)
1-4 Nov 2022
(venue not yet confirmed)
GBP 2,599 2,199
EUR 3,639 3,079
USD 4,054 3,430
Until 27 Sep 22*
Enrol now
to attend
(venue not yet confirmed)

Please note: this event is being organised by our training partner Falconbury; clicking Enrol will take you to to complete your purchase.
  • 4 days classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

Learn more about our face-to-face and webinar training formats.

* Note the early booking discount cannot be combined with any other offers or promotional code

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for 24 hours for your CPD records.
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Customised in-house training

We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation and deliver it at your location and/or online.

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  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Banco de Moçambique
  • Beirut Bar Association
  • Brother International Europe Ltd
  • Capital Market Authority
  • Central Bank Of Ireland
  • DMS Governance Ltd
  • Emerald Publishing
  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd
  • Google UK Ltd
  • GustoMSC
  • Hairdreams Haarhandels GmbH
  • IOC Television & Marketing Services SA
  • IPSEN Pharma
  • Kuwait National Petroleum
  • NATS
  • Network Rail
  • Nigeria LNG Ltd
  • Novabase
  • O-I Europe Sarl
  • PASHA Life Insurance
  • Phoenix Group
  • Qatar Foundation
  • Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company
  • SIC Insurance Company Limited
  • Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC)
  • The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Trend Micro UK Limited
  • University of Southern Denmark

A good, interactive four-day seminar with engaging speakers, all with thorough knowledge in their respective fields.

Inga Regenass, VP Legal Technical Operations and IT, Ipsen Pharma SAS, Nov 19


Shahad Almazroo, Legal Associate, Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company, Nov 19

The speakers were all very good with a high level of knowledge.

Kalpna (Kelly) Patel, Associate Corporate Counsel (North Europe), Dematic Limited , Nov 19

The course is very interesting, well organized and with good modules. The speakers are very experienced and skilled in lecture craft.

Zaqueu Sithole, Legal Advisor, Banco de Moçambique , Nov 19

The course was both engaging and informative and easily the most useful I have attended in a very long time. Excellent concept, insightful topics, vastly experienced facilitators and masterful delivery. I would highly recommend it to my colleagues and other in-house counsel.

Patrick Inegbedion Eromosele, Head Counsel Technical, Projects & Production, Nigeria LNG Ltd., Nov 19

Speakers exhibited practical knowledge and a mastery of the subject.

Franklin Gogo Dienye , Head Counsel Litigation & Regulatory Risk Management, Nigeria LNG Ltd., Nov 19

Mark Prebble and Robert Mowbray were excellent speakers and presented their content in a vivid, hands-on way which all participants of the course enjoyed. The course exceeded my expectations on many levels.

Florian Pinter, Legal Department Manager, Hairdreams Haarhandels GmbH, Nov 18

I very much enjoyed the course. Overall great content, hands-on and actionable guidance and tips that I bring back to work! I feel really inspired now to start implementing improvements in how I carry out work based on new mindset and tools acquired!

Victoria Swedjemark, Director of Legal, Regulatory & Security, Tele2 Sverige AB, Nov 18

Just excellent!

Bram Vermeulen, General Counsel, GustoMSC, Jun 18

Helpful, practical and hands-on course with a focus on business rather than law. I have came away with a 'to-do' list of things I can put in place to help the legal team better understand and solidify its place in the business and provide a more cohesive service.

Kate Maynard, Global Head of Legal, DMS Governance Ltd, Jun 18

All the speakers were very enthusiastic, brilliant teachers and very diplomatic when we put stupid questions to them. Mark is always excellent, but Graham and Robert added a good dimension to the legal stuff.

Joergen Schou, Chief of Staff, University of Southern Denmark, Jun 18

I really enjoyed the course, its content and its speakers. I found it very useful and will definitely recommend to others.

Alya Al - Naimi, Senior Legal Counsel, Qatar Foundation, Jun 18

They were all engaging and made me feel comfortable and happy to learn. This is an excellent programme which I would recommend to other lawyers.

Lydia Hlomador, Head Legal/Company Secretary, SIC Insurance Company Limited, Jun 18

A packed programme but all relevant and useful. Clear and knowledgable speakers.

Oliver Bourne, Head of Legal , Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe R&F Ltd, Nov 17

All perfect!

Ashraf Ibrahim , Group Legal Head, National Bank of Egypt, Nov 17