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Law Firm resources

DLA Piper WIN.

Billed as “What In House Lawyers Need”, this is DLA’s landing page for in house lawyer events, webinars and articles.

Clifford Chance M&A Toolkit

Clifford Chance M&A Toolkit. Hosts video interviews with CC lawyers on M&A related topics, and links to CC’s various briefings on M&A, including its Global M&A Trends Briefing. Included in the content is CC’s Cross-Border Acquisition Guide, which allows you to build drop down comparative tables of Corporate law nuts and bolts in a number of jurisdictions. Requires (free) registration.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood publish Employment Podcasts on a monthly basis.


Shoosmiths has a dedicated section of their website for in house lawyers, including their own e-learning courses – although much of the content doesn’t seem to have had a refresh since 2014.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is another firm with part of their website dedicated to training and events in house lawyers. Events include a networking forum, Carrie, which is specifically for female in house lawyers (named after Carrie Morrison, the first female solicitor to be admitted in England and Wales, in 1922). They also organize an annual Commercial Law seminar with Warwick Business School.

Slaughter & May’s Practical Guide

Slaughter & May’s Practical Guide to the SRA Handbook (published October 2016) is a helpful reference as to how the regulator’s rules apply to you as in house counsel.

Professional Associations

The Law Society’s in-house Division

The Law Society’s in-house Division hosts training events aimed at in house counsel every few weeks throughout the year, some paid and some free. You can also download slides from previous events, and there are some webinars (mostly around £45 a go).

The Association of Corporate Counsel

The Association of Corporate Counsel is a global in house lawyer network. The European chapter organises training events in the UK and hosts articles by in house lawyers. Given their size, I’m always surprised that I never seem to encounter them in real life… Guess I should be checking out their events.

The British Venture Capital Association

The British Venture Capital Association organizes events and training for those in the Private Equity and Venture Capital World. The Legal training events are orientated more towards non-lawyers (“how to give clear instructions”) but the events calendar will be of interest to those in the industry. Significantly cheaper if your employer is a BVCA member.

Dedicated training providers

The University of Law

The University of Law offers paid for courses for qualified lawyers covering a range of practice areas. I’ve heard good feedback from private practice lawyers who’ve attended the Finance Law modules. Fees vary – contact UoL for details. Let me know if you’ve attended and any feedback.

Central Law Training

Central Law Training also has courses and webinars across multiple practice areas, including some orientated towards in house counsel. Prices vary: a two day “Essential Toolkit for in house lawyers” is £960 for non-members, an on demand webinar for charity trustees costs £120.

LBC Wise Counsel

LBC Wise Counsel organize team off-sites and skills training for in house counsel, including “law fest”, which sounds exciting and is next on in 2018. Their team includes some former GCs and Heads of Legal.