Supporting legal colleagues and sharing know–how
Supporting legal colleagues and sharing know–how

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

  • Supporting legal colleagues and sharing know–how
  • The challenges of being a team player
  • Supporting a colleague who concerns you
  • Colleagues who do not ask for support
  • Colleagues who ask for too much support
  • Shared filing
  • Sharing know–how
  • Looking ahead
  • Grasping opportunities to gain management experience without creating tensions
  • Behaving in a way which is consistent with, but does not presume, promotion

This Practice Note provides practical guidance and tips for in-house lawyers on being a team player by supporting colleagues, working with challenging colleagues and sharing know–how.

Further information can be found in Practice Notes: Collaborating with legal colleagues to achieve quality and consistency and Boosting quality, productivity and transparency within the legal team.

The challenges of being a team player

The legal profession is often regarded as one where individuals tend to be competitive and collegial teamwork is not a natural activity.

Departments where there is a good collegial atmosphere generally perform better, and ideally, the head of the legal team will be trying to encourage the appropriate level of collegial behaviour.

Many organisations provide their employees with training on personality types and team work. It is well worth spending some time exploring the theory around this as it will give you a much better understanding about how to interact with different personalities. If training is not available within your organisation, you can get a reasonable understanding online, on websites such as:

  1. Belbin—http://www.belbin.com/

  2. Businessballs—http://www.businessballs.com/personalitystylesmodels.htm

  3. MindTools—http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_86.htm

Supporting a colleague who concerns you

There may be occasions when you have professional concerns about a colleague. Two common reasons for this concern are because they:

  1. do not ask for any support

  2. ask for too much support

Colleagues who do not ask for support

It can be disconcerting if you think a colleague is getting overwhelmed or

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