How lawyers can master learning from a distance

How lawyers can master learning from a distance


It’s rare you’ll find an office where Learning and Development doesn’t feature heavily in the culture statement, perhaps to the point where it’s taken for granted.  The challenge is in finding the time to facilitate, promote and celebrate development to ensure engagement doesn’t dip if visibility does.  A lock down or transition to a greater level of working from home presents just these challenges.

Whilst e-learning makes Development from a Distance easily achievable, the day to day opportunities for spontaneous side by side learning, organic group discussion or the odd on the spot recommendation are less frequent and less visible.

There is a risk that employees look back on this period and feel neglected.  There is a risk that business looks back on this period and sees a missed opportunity.  Development has many faces, and not all of them are human.  An investment in development now will help employees and businesses to advance quicker in the future.


Are you leveraging the digital learning landscape?


The power of Blended Learning stems from the combination of digital interaction AND guidance from instructors and peers, it’s the best of both worlds coming together.

Knowing how to blend those two worlds to create a learning opportunity that achieves something tangible is the first common obstacle.  It is then important to formalise the activity, so teams know that this approach was a considered and deliberate choice.

According to new research by Irwin Mitchell into what in-house legal teams most need to improve to meet the challenges of 2025, respondents highlighted technology, process and succession planning as the areas of significant concern.

With that in mind, here's a few ‘Developing from a Distance’ quick win sessions that you can run with your team which might contribute to a better tomorrow.


Example Activity 1: Mastering Technology


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About the author:

Mary is Head of Academy at LexisNexis, she is responsible for driving continuous learning across our Go To Market division to ensure development achieves demonstrable ROI. She has first-hand experience in the creation of a digital learning landscape and manages the needs of a blended learning curriculum day to day.