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In-house Division

Welcome to the In-house Division - the community for in-house lawyers working in the corporate and public sectors, not-for-profit organisations and charities

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How to build and maintain your personal brand workshop (12 July 2018, London)

11 May 2018

The In-house Division is holding a workshop on personal branding for lawyers, to supply you with effective methods to define, build and develop your own brand.


Mitigating risk for in-house lawyers ( 27 September, Birmingham)

8 May 2018

The role and approach of legal departments in identifying and managing risk is changing. 

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Process management – is technology overrated? In association with the LexisNexis In-house Legal Operations Forum (26 June, London)

8 May 2018

With the increasing prevalence of legal operations competencies being adopted in smaller organisations, the promise of process management efficiencies seem possible for more legal teams.


Mitigating risk for in-house lawyers (19 September, Manchester)

18 April 2018

The role and approach of legal departments in identifying and managing risk is changing. 

All Upcoming events

Webinar: The new SRA Handbook: What next for in-house lawyers? (OnDemand)

The Handbook is being substantially reduced in length and prescription and is being divided into two - one Code for individuals and another for regulated firms and entities. 

Webinar: In-house: Why some lawyers are poor negotiators and what they can do about it (OnDemand)

Leadership consultant Ciarán Fenton outlines key steps in developing your negotiating skills as an in-house lawyer.

All Webinars

About the In-house Division

Your In-house Division is dedicated to meeting the needs of in-house lawyers working in the corporate and public sectors, not-for-profit organisations and charities.

See our 2017/18 Engagement Programme

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In-house Division annual conference (13-14 June 2018)

On 13 and 14 June, our popular In-house Division annual conference will bring together in-house solicitors from the public, corporate, not-for-profit and charity sectors to discuss common challenges, pick up the latest tips from experts, and share best practice.  

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  • Demand for business law rising but top-200 go niche as competition intensifies

    Demand for commercial legal advice will rise over the next 18 months, according to an annual market bellwether*, but some sectors are becoming crowded with law firm teams created to serve specific industries.

    Of 180 large and SME businesses surveyed by IRN Research, most expect their demands for legal services to stay unchanged over that period. But nearly a third of large businesses and 16% of SMEs predict a rise in their use of external advice. Just 9% of large businesses and 11% of SMEs expect a fall. Most large businesses reported using more than one law firm.

    IRN surveyed the websites of the top 200 law firms to guage how many have created vertical sector teams to advise different industries. Thirteen vertical sectors are listed by over 50 firms, led by real estate (101), financial services and insurance (97), and hospitality, leisure and sport (91). Another 10 sectors reach double figures.

    Some vertical sectors are already becoming crowded, the report warns, with the next emergent trend a move to more niche expertise. In health, for example, niche specialties include GPs, independent hospitals and social care.

    UK-based business law firms and chambers generated revenues of £15.4bn in 2017, says IRN, a 4% rise on the previous year.

    *The UK Business Legal Services Market, £350

  • Watchdog 'parks' regime change for senior City counsel

    Financial Conduct Authority chief executive Andrew Bailey says Brexit has affected the watchdog's workload.

  • Profession pays tribute to Sir Paul Jenkins QC

    Former Matrix member was head of the Government Legal Service for eight years.

  • Local authority consortium giant expands advice panel

    EM LawShare says six law firms' reappointment highlights its success.

  • Government law officers' department to get 'wellbeing' support

    Attorney General's Offices publishes statement at 'exceptionally busy and challenging time'.