Practical ideas to embed being a legal business person into what we do
Practical ideas to embed being a legal business person into what we do

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  • Practical ideas to embed being a legal business person into what we do

This Practice Notes focuses on 15 practical steps you can take to develop and build on your commercial business skills.

1Focus on your network: Map it out and keep it under review as it changes—individual power and hierarchies can wax and wane—make sure that you have access to the key people who have the information you need and who can help you do your job, including:
  1. the board—in whatever form—whether that’s locally based in your home jurisdiction or of a parent company

  2. your day-to-day clients/customers/business partners/commercial colleagues—call them what you will—the actual individuals who are coming to you for advice. Don’t neglect colleagues in remote locations to whom you may not have the regular access

  3. other support functions—HR, Finance, Internal Audit etc

  4. peers in your legal team—based locally or remotely

  5. your own reports—even if that just extends to a PA or legal executive at this time in your career

  6. associates and partners in the law firm(s) which you use

  7. industry bodies

  8. regulators

  9. the media, in some roles

2Behave like every day is an induction process. Try and imagine that every day is your first day and that you will pick up elements of the process to incorporate.
3Be accountable. As a junior lawyer it is perfectly achievable to get your arms around a smaller business unit/sales team/corporate function and

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