How to be a business partner

How to be a business partner guidance:

This Practice Note provides an overview of the importance of aligning the legal team to the business along with suggested tips to help with this alignment. Why align the...

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Some in-house lawyers dislike referring to ‘clients’ (sounds too aloof in the in-house context) or ‘business colleagues’ (sounds as if the in-house lawyers are not part...

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When you have functional or dotted line responsibility for in-house lawyers who report to business people, it can be a challenge to develop a relationship with those...

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This Practice Note provides practical guidance and tips for in-house lawyers on developing programmes to raise legal awareness within the business. Helping clients gain...

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Managing the relationship with a distant subsidiary This Practice Note sets out guidance for in-house lawyers on best practice when working with distant subsidiary...

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Key elements Divisional management relationship (PDF) 343968 divisional management relationship The following table sets out the key elements in managing a relationship...

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Many in-house legal departments insist on being the portal through which the business has access to law firms. If the legal department is responsible for managing the...

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Key elements • Regular exchange on issues of common interest ◦ relationships with other parts of the organisation ◦ challenges faced by the organisation ◦ stakeholder...

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Even if business people have complete confidence in your ability to select and mobilise external advisers, you should present those advisers as allies in the...

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Senior lawyers reporting to business managers in other jurisdictions may not relish functional reporting, especially if they were in place before you assumed your role as...

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There are four ways in which you can encourage business colleagues to be more coherent in the way they use the legal team: • raise their legal awareness so that they are...

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Admiration and fascination Engagement is easy if you feel fascinated and admire your organisation’s activities. When members of the legal team have a...

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This practice note outlines the main areas an in-house lawyer needs to consider when planning cross-border projects or deals, including logistics, language,...

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Your role as a manager In most organisations, there are pre-determined requirements for interaction with HR. Rather than just responding to HR, planned dialogue with them...

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Overview of the IT and procurement departments It tends to be large organisations with multiple national offices and/or multinational offices which have a procurement...

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Overview of the marketing/communications department The nature of the marketing department’s activities within your organisation will vary depending on a number of...

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