LBCambridge April 2017—how to establish the true need and priority for legal advice within your organisation
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  • LBCambridge April 2017—how to establish the true need and priority for legal advice within your organisation
  • How to reconcile this conundrum?

LBCambridge April 2017—how to establish the true need and priority for legal advice within your organisation

The LBCambridge programme was established in 2006 by LBC Wise Counsel as a residential skills development programme for in-house lawyers. The 22nd LBCambridge took place at Queens’ College, Cambridge in April 2017 brilliantly supported by LexisNexis®.

The traditional opening keynote session on the first full day is developed around themes which the delegates identify as their most pressing issues. We ask the delegates what is 'top of mind', then discuss and debate these ideas with them and then distil these conversations into a presentation. The presentation seeks to build on the concerns, opportunities and ambitions of the delegates attending the programme.

At April’s event, I said something at the beginning which caused a few brows to furrow; it became a recurring topic through the programme and it is, therefore, a theme that I want to explore in this report. The phrase I used was this:

“It is a mistake for in-house lawyers to be proactive”

The comments back to me were reasonable and not unexpected. Most lawyers told me that one of the key advantages of being in-house was that they could be proactive. They want to be involved early and, therefore, intervene more proportionately. If they are proactive, it will be less likely they find issues if they can see things in

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