Embedding learning and development in the in–house legal department
Produced in partnership with Beth Pipe of Bellis Learning Solutions Ltd
Embedding learning and development in the in–house legal department

The following In House Advisor guidance note Produced in partnership with Beth Pipe of Bellis Learning Solutions Ltd provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Embedding learning and development in the in–house legal department
  • Positioning L&D in the organisation
  • Aligning L&D with the business strategy
  • Incorporating L&D into day to day business
  • Integrating L&D into the appraisals process
  • Integrating balanced L&D into career development
  • Engaging employees on an individual level
  • Creating a key skills document

This Practice Note provides guidance on how to embed learning and development (L&D) into the in–house legal department by ensuring it is aligned with business strategy, is incorporated into day to day activities and that employees are engaged.

Positioning L&D in the organisation

L&D is often viewed as a standalone function that is detached from the day-to-day running of the organisation. For it to deliver maximum value for money it needs to be an integral part of the business. To do that it must:

  1. be clearly aligned with the business strategy

  2. engage with employees on an individual level

  3. produce measurable results

For further information about measuring the results of L&D, see Practice Note: In–house lawyers—Building the business case for learning and development.

Aligning L&D with the business strategy

Strategic L&D goals and measures must be set and included within the firms business plan for L&D to be fully integrated into a business. These goals need to filter down to department and individual level.

Strategic L&D goals Should support and align with the organisation's goals eg to increase market share in a particular sector by lateral hires and by improving the business development skills of the firm, to be achieved through buying in business development skills training and