In-house Division committee member Helen Shay reviews this year’s conference, the first to be held over two days, and explains what she learned from each session she attended.
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.
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.
What lies at the heart of a thriving legal department? What essential skills are needed to support the legal team increase their impact and influence? These were some of the questions grappled with during a World Café-style event held by LexisNexis (LN) at the conference, chaired by Sophie Gould, LN head of in-house.
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.
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.
In-house counsel can greatly enhance their effectiveness by broadening their skill sets. Diana Bentley reports
Two months after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect, compliance is patchy, meaning national regulators may soon need to think about how they will enforce the new EU privacy rules, writes Lewis Crofts, MLex’s editor-in-chief.