Overworked and underrated? Take time out to reflect on your true value.

Overworked and underrated? Take time out to reflect on your true value.

On 20 November, 40 in-house lawyers came together for the inaugural Lexis In-house World Café event, hosted at Wragge & Co’s London offices.

The topic of discussion was measuring value; always a thorny challenge, but particularly acute in the current era of tightened belts and heightened scrutiny of return on investment.

The World Café methodology is based on a huge amount of in-depth research. Participants are encouraged to think creatively, share perspectives and encounter challenging ideas in a relaxed, informal environment. In this case, flowers, a gramophone, vintage tea-cups and delectable cakes provided an unusual backdrop for a serious and lively exchange of insights.

The scene was set by Ian Leedham (National Grid) and Iain Larkins (Mercedes), who have both seen the benefits of building a metrics programme within the in-house legal function. The room then divided and moved around tables, exploring the following questions and drawing and jotting down notes on tablecloths:

• What are the key ways in which your legal department adds value to your business, and how can these be measured?

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