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10 years to qualify

28 January 2019

Lyndell Beguinua is legal counsel of one of the world’s leading technology companies – but, unbelievably, it took him over 10 years to qualify. He shares his remarkable – and at times tough – journey.


Changing industries: CV and interview tips

28 January 2019By

Thinking about moving sector? There may be plenty of opportunities in the market, but how can you make an impact with your CV and at interview and demonstrate you really want a change? Diana Bentley canvasses recruiters and heads of legal for their advice on how to get yourself noticed – and get yourself that new job.

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Get on board

26 October 2018

Swati Paul, general counsel, London Luton Airport spoke at the In-house Division annual conference in June, on the role of lawyers on boards. A board member herself, she shares her experience of taking her seat at the table, and some tips for success. 

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Nice work: the in-house recruitment landscape

26 October 2018

Diana Bentley investigates the current recruitment environment for the in-house sector.

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Empowering general counsel to take a more strategic leadership role in business

23 July 2018By

Lesley Wan gave the keynote address of day one of the conference, on how in-house counsel can unleash their strategic potential. She outlines a number of trailblazing initiatives she has delivered over her career to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone.

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The long read: The challenging role of lawyers in crisis response

23 July 2018By

Keith Ruddock argues that companies - and their legal teams - need to understand that societal and community issues are as important as technical, legal, economic or enginerring issues. These can be vital to reputation management in a crisis.


Managing an in-house legal team: 5 things you must consider

26 April 2018

Managing a team of in-house lawyers presents all kinds of nuanced challenges. Amanda Gill, director at Deutsche Bank, provides five tips that any manager, from the novice to the seasoned veteran, should follow.

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Success stories: How we won the In-house Excellence Award

26 April 2018

Katrina Robinson MBE’s legal services team at housing association Optivo won the Law Society’s Excellence In-house Award 2017 for their unique and direct approach to working with tenants suffering from anti-social behaviour. In an interview conducted shortly before she left the business, she explains how their personal service for their tenants is reaping rewards.

All Leadership

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Interview: Ben Foat, In-house Solicitor of the Year

28 January 2019

Ben Foat, Post Office legal director, was named In-house Solicitor of the Year at the 2018 Law Society Excellence Awards . We speak to him about his win, his leadership, and how he is transforming his team to meet the increasing demands of the business for legal services.

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Swati Paul interview: In-house Solicitor of the Year

29 January 2018

Swati Paul was the winner of the Solicitor of the Year - In-house Award 2017. We caught up with her to find out more about her work at London Luton Airport overseeing an innovative project that has captured the attention of airports across the globe, spearheaded industry-wide change – and secured her Excellence Award win.

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Excellence Awards interview: Working Families, Excellence In-house winners

28 January 2019

Working Families is a charity supporting working parents to understand and assert their employment rights. They won the Excellence In-house Award for their innovative legal advice platform that lets busy lawyers pick up and answer queries pro bono. Head of legal advice services Sybille Raphael explains how other in-house lawyers can get involved.

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Q&A: Marcus Schmitt, European Company Lawyers Association

26 October 2018

We catch up with Marcus M Schmitt, general manager of the European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA), about their work, the benefits of membership and the threat of Brexit.

All Q&As

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Time to talk: opening up about mental health at work

26 July 2018

Jane McLintock, legal & compliance director at Shire Leasing, discusses how her organisation has started a dialogue on mental health in the workplace – and how staff reacted.

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Keep it insights

28 January 2019By

Rachel Brushfield explores the role of insight and client relationship management (CRM) systems in effectively managing and influencing your key stakeholders at work in an organised and compelling way for career success, and shares some practical tips.

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Build those relationships - and influence

26 October 2018By

Bhavisha Mistry explains why the personal touch is so effective in building and influencing client relationships.

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Layman's terms: communicating law to non-lawyers

23 July 2018By

Natasha Taylor, legal services manager at Essex Legal Services, considers the art of communicating law to non-lawyers. She draws on her experiences as a solicitor advocate in adoption hearings to explain how understanding and empathy can make all the difference when building client relationships.

All Soft skills and wellbeing

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Communicating law to non-lawyers (9 July, Leeds)

Join us in London on 9 July for a free seminar on how to communicate legal advice and risk to non-lawyers.

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How to implement a D&I strategy in your legal team (27 June, London)

Join us in London on 27 June for a free seminar on how to implement a diversity and inclusion strategy in your team.

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How to implement a D&I strategy in your legal team (25 September, Manchester)

Join us in Manchester on 25 September for a free seminar on how to implement a diversity and inclusion strategy in your team.

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Communicating law to non-lawyers (15 May, London)

Join us in London on 15 May for a free seminar on how to communicate legal advice and risk to non-lawyers.

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The importance of In-house lawyers

8 November 2018

Stephen Denyer, director of strategic relationships at the Law Society, talks about In-house lawyers, their growing importance and how the Law Society can help.

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What makes in-house lawyers effective

11 September 2018

Keith Ruddock, former general counsel, The Weir Group takes 90 seconds to share what makes In House lawyers effective.

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How to be an effective in-house counsel

11 September 2018

Keith Ruddock, former general counsel at The Weir Group and senior in-house lawyer at Shell, shares his 24 years’ experience and advice on how to be an effective in-house counsel.

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How can in-house counsel do pro bono work?

24 August 2018

In a series of three bitesize videos, Rebecca Wilkinson shares her advice on how to do pro bono work as in-house counsel.

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In conversation with Abhijit Mukhopadhyay

22 November 2018

In conversation with Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President Legal and General Counsel of the Hinduja Group - a senior in-house lawyer sitting in the group’s global headquarters in London.

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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 2018/19 Engagement Programme.