The great from the good: what differentiates successful in-house counsel? Part 1

The great from the good: what differentiates successful in-house counsel? Part 1

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? What distinguishes great in-house counsel from good in-house counsel?

At the 2018 Annual Law Society In-house Division Conference, over 65 senior counsel gathered to grapple with these questions during a World Café style event, facilitated by Sophie Gould, Head of In-house, LexisNexis. 

A priceless asset

It is often said that talent is an organisation’s most valuable and reliable asset – especially during times of uncertainty. This truism is clearly seen with the topic of attracting and retaining the right people cited by many senior counsel as top of their agenda.

But what makes a talented – and successful – in-house lawyer?

The introduction of the new SRA competency regime points to the profession placing added emphasis on driving as core strengths a host of skills in addition to, and outside of, being experts at the application of law.

The continued persistence of a culture of ‘do more with less’ demands a pursuance of operational excellence and need to demonstrate the value of the legal department in more commercial terms. Of significance is the emergence of new / dual roles for in-house counsel such as legal operations which demand new skill sets.

A fast-growing trend of emerging technologies and legal start-ups are also both playing a significant role in how in-house counsel can work smarter and unprecedented choice in how legal teams can be structured differently.

Last but by no means least, the influence and st

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Louisa leads marketing for the in-house legal community at LexisNexis. She joined the dedicated in-house team at LexisNexis four years ago and has a passion for driving and facilitating initiatives which are customer-focused at their heart. Her vision is to support in-house counsel succeed in their fast-evolving role based on deep insight, data analysis and best practice gathered across the in-house community.

Prior to her in-house focused role, Louisa led the marketing for the bar and mid-market private practice sectors as well as product marketing lead for LexisPSL – LexisNexis’ cloud based, practical guidance and legal research software solution.

She brings 20 years’ marketing experience both client and agency side, specialising in B2B marketing in the Legal, TMT (Telco, Media and Technology) and Financial Services industries. In both South Africa, Europe and the UK.

Louisa is also an active member on the LexisNexis Gender Equality Matters (GEM) steering committee and is involved with the Families at LexisNexis Group which brings together, supports and lobbies for change those with an interest in balancing the challenges of work and family.