Guidance for mentors
Guidance for mentors

The following In-House Advisor guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Guidance for mentors
  • Benefits of being a mentor
  • What skills and experience will you need?
  • Guiding the discussion
  • What to do if it starts going wrong?

Knowledge management and personal development are hot topics for most organisations and mentoring is a great way to combine the two. Through external mentoring schemes, such as the one run by LexisNexis®, you can share knowledge and gain new ideas and perspectives from different industries. For background guidance on what mentoring is and how to get started, see Practice Notes: Mentoring for in-house lawyers and Mentoring—getting started.

Becoming a mentor can be daunting, especially if it is your first time. In this Practice Note, we consider:

  1. the benefits of being a mentor

  2. what skills and experience you will need to be a mentor

  3. how to guide the discussion

  4. what to do if things start to go wrong

Benefits of being a mentor

Becoming a mentor is not just a 'nice thing to do'. It can have a positive impact on your personal development and future career. Typical benefits include:

  1. reinforcing and refreshing your knowledge and developing soft skills required to meet the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) requirements under the SRA competence regime—for further information, see: Practice Note: Introduction to the SRA Competency regime

  2. improving your coaching and development skills—knowing how to do something and enabling someone else to do it are two very different things

  3. an opportunity to build strong working relationships within the organisation

  4. clearer understanding of the challenges faced by

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