Performance management and adding value

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    Interview: Chris Fox, In-house Solicitor of the Year 2019


    Chris Fox won the In-house Solicitor of the Year Excellence Award last week. We speak to him about developing relationships around the business, leadership, legal strategy, and bouncing back from mistakes.

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    Don't forget your commas - the importance of language and grammar in contract drafting


    Registered European Lawyer Avv. Daniela Licciardo explains why grammar and language are just as important as understanding the black letter law in contract drafting.

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    Success story: Which? judicial review of Whirlpool


    Frustrated by Trading Standards’ failure to take action over faulty Whirlpool tumble dryers that caused a number of fires across the UK, the in-house legal team at Which? decided to step in and launch a judicial review. Kate Wellington, head of legal operations at Which?, explains how her team used ...

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    Flying high: seven skills for adding value


    Swati Paul explains the key skills you need to add value in your role, backed up by two real-life practical case studies from her role as GC at London Luton Airport.

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    Keep it insights


    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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    Hacked off


    Matthew Gingell, general counsel at Oxygen House Group, recently organised a legal ‘hack’ with other lawyers in his area to prove the hypothesis that the law should not be a barrier to innovation. Here, he explains how he organised it, and the insight and benefits it has brought to his ...

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    Because you're worth it - making the business case for the legal team


    Pearl Moses, head of Risk and Compliance at the Law Society, explains how you can make the business case for your legal team as effective as possible.

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    The great from the good: what differentiates successful in-house counsel?


    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 ...

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    Layman's terms: communicating law to non-lawyers


    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.

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    3 concrete ways to increase the value from your external panel


    Sophie Gould announces the findings of new research by LexisNexis and the Judge Business School on the relationship between in-house legal teams and large law firms, and the practical lessons to take away.

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


    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


    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 ...

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    Great expectations: driving diversity


    US firm HP caused a stir last year when it announced that it would withhold up to ten per cent of costs invoiced by their external law firms if they do not meet minimum diversity requirements. While we haven’t seen anything so drastic over here yet, Diana Bentley explores how ...

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    How I set up a legal function from scratch at Missguided


    Youth fashion brand Missguided is a force to be reckoned with, with profits soaring, expansion into the USA and the launch of its flagship store in London. We speak to Bhavisha Mistry about how she became Missguided’s first general counsel, why staying on brand is vital in everything her team ...

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    Five IP challenges for UK businesses


    Nadaline Webster, director of content at TrademarkNow, lists the main challenges facing in-house intellectual property lawyers. 

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    How we quadrupled the legal team's income


    Under pressure to save money, Elizabeth Warhurst, head of legal and support services at NW Leicestershire District Council, decided to take a number of private sector approaches, including partnering with a private practice. In just five years, her team’s fee income has quadrupled, retention rates are up by 50 per ...

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    Only select: working with panels


    For general counsel, the selection of panels of external advisers is a vital, but often time-consuming process. Clear thinking and good management are called for. Here, some experts share their experiences and advice with Diana Bentley. 

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    Yours, mine or ours? Four steps to effective collaboration


    There is a compelling business case for collaborating in the legal sector, but why don’t we do more of it? Lyndsey Ratcliffe, head of corporate relationships at asb law LLP, explains the business benefits and suggests some practical steps to get started.

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    Conference 2017: The future of governance


    Peter Swabey FCIS, policy research director at ICSA: The Governance Institute, spoke at the annual conference on why corporate governance is now high on the government’s agenda, and the expectations placed on it to restore public faith in business.

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    Conference 2017: How to add strategic impact and value


    At the annual conference, Sophie Gould (head of in-house at LexisNexis) and Dr Paul Hughes (Cranfield School of Management) delivered a roundtable presentation sharing best practice and practical advice on how in-house lawyers can increase their strategic impact, gain influence in their organisation and add more value to ...