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The Mini MBA for In-house Lawyers

Business, commercial, financial and leadership skills to manage and develop a sound and strategically effective in-house legal department

17-20 May 2022 + 1 more date

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  • Format: Classroom
  • CPD: 24 hours for your records
  • Certificate of completion

Why you should attend

This inspirational four-day programme uses the latest MBA thinking and techniques to focus on the real and challenging issues that are confronting today’s in-house legal departments.

The expert trainers, from a legal and business background, will share their own experiences from working as in-house lawyers and business managers. They will refer to and explore up-to-the-minute management and leadership methodologies and techniques. By attending this intensive course, you will benefit from their considerable expertise and have time to explore new skills and ways of working under their guidance to ensure you succeed in a demanding role.

This programme also offers a unique networking opportunity to share existing best practice and established industry-wide norms with colleagues from different organisations and countries.

The objectives of this course

As a result of attending this programme, you will be able to:

  • Engage with business colleagues when strategic choices are being made
  • Review the role and strategy of the in-house legal function
  • Define and demonstrate the rationale and value of the legal department to the rest of the organisation
  • Achieve better outcomes by applying project management techniques
  • Mobilise more effective teamwork within and outside the legal team
  • Participate more confidently in discussions involving financial analysis
  • Withstand cost cutting pressures by highlighting coherent resource priorities
  • Establish strong working relationships with business colleagues in order to influence behaviour and attitudes towards legal issues
  • Manage and lead the in-house legal team to high performance
  • Access and enhance core leadership management techniques in the context of effective change management
  • Pursue the best remuneration options with external law firms and gain value for money from their services
  • Examine and understand how successful Heads of Legal have applied a commercial and strategic focus to achieve results
  • Measure and boost the performance of the legal team through valuable assessment and coaching

Who should attend?

This course will be particularly beneficial to:

  • Heads of legal departments
  • Legal affairs directors and managers
  • Senior corporate counsel and advisers
  • Legal departments CEOs
  • Key corporate law team members
  • Private practice lawyers seeking a switch to an in-house role

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The The Mini MBA for In-house Lawyers course will cover:

Module 1: Business strategy and strategic planning

Your strategy

  • Your business has a strategy – do you know what it is?
  • Is it taking you where you need to be?

Strategy, tactics and choices

  • Definition
  • Classic strategy development
    • Why do you exist?
    • How do you deliver value for others?
    • Who are you?
    • What performance do you need?
    • What is your message?
  • Top-down vs bottom-up strategies

Strategies for winning vs strategies for success

  • The difference between success and winning and when to focus on each
  • Creating strategies for success
  • Strategic activity systems

Module 2: Developing your strategy for legal services

  • Building the full picture of the need and demands for legal services
  • Risk appetite and corporate culture

Selecting and selling the right options for the provision of legal services

  • In-house capability decisions
  • External providers
  • Cost implications
  • Practical exercise: Developing a blueprint

Module 3: Leading and managing strategic change

Strategy, change and people

  • Eight levels of change
  • Compelling strategies for everyone to follow

How you experience change

  • Change-U
  • People types and change
  • Leading yourself through change
  • Followership through change
  • Leading others through change
  • Integrating actions, beliefs, cultures and processes to enable change

The change toolkit

  • Types of change
  • Change readiness assessment
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • The politics of change
  • Communication
  • Influence
  • Networking
  • Success factors

Module 4: Project management and teamwork

The essentials of project management

  • Key elements for effective project management
  • Overview of basic project management tools
  • Practical exercise: Applying the project management approach to your work


  • Team roles and composition
  • Team membership qualities
  • Team leadership qualities
  • Dealing with team tensions and non-performance
  • Practical exercise: Developing the in-house legal team

Module 5: Understanding the business from a financial perspective

The history and the accounts

  • All of the jargon around rules and the like
  • The main statements and what they tell you
  • How to interpret the figures to understand the business issues
  • Valuing a business from the accounts – EBITDA etc.

The future and the need for business processes

  • The boardroom jargon quiz
  • Business plans – why are they needed and how are they prepared?
  • The use of budgets and management information to control businesses
  • Why cash is king and the need for cash flow forecasts
  • Investment decisions explained: net present values, rates of return, payback periods
  • Practical exercise: Forecasting cashflow, profit and loss and a balance sheet

Module 6: Managing a budget and external expenditure

Managing fees with external law firms

  • Getting the best value

The problems with traditional fee arrangements

  • What do law firms want?
  • Understanding the cost and the cash flow

Finding ways of operating more creative and ‘winwin’ fee arrangements

  • How do you encourage greater efficiency – the use of matter planning and pricing tools
  • Fee negotiation – making it more effective and less stressful
  • Genuinely creative fee arrangements that help everyone
  • Making sure there are no unforeseen surprises on fees
  • Getting the engagement letter right
  • Practical ways of managing scope creep

Module 7: People management and leadership

Understanding and fostering motivation and engagement

  • Motivation theory
  • Demotivation is easy
  • Neutralising negativity and scepticism
  • Practical exercise: Performance management scenarios

Emotional intelligence and leadership qualities

  • Developing yourself
    • As a leader and as a manager

Module 8: Influencing and decision-making

  • Analysing stakeholders
  • Deciphering cultural differences
  • Problem-solving tools and processes
  • Decision-making tools and processes
  • Practical exercise: Contributing effectively to decision-making

The view from the other side

  • Learning from those in-house lawyers who have become business leaders
    • What pointers for us does their hindsight provide?
    • What best prepared them to be candidates for a business role?

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Graham Boyd

Graham Boyd is known for his success in leading people, business, research, strategy and multi-stakeholder dialogue. He integrates hard skills with soft skills, to enable clients to connect the organisation’s purpose and strategy with the behaviours required. Over the past ten years his focus as entrepreneur and business transformation consultant has been on what has recently become known as Teal, or self-managing and deliberately developmental organisations. Graham started his professional life in high energy physics and computing then moved to Procter & Gamble, where he led the successful development of new products and new organisations. He combined complex systems thinking: seeing the whole, the interactions, and the parts and then changing the system for the better to drastically improve their operations in Asia and then in Europe. At P&G he worked globally with the in-house legal team to develop strategic thinking and management skills. Since leaving P&G in 2008 Graham has been an accomplished consultant, trainer and coach, and achieved great success with organisations and teams globally in developing their strategic decision-making skills, and empowering them to link their operations to overall business performance.

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Robert Mowbray

Robert Mowbray is one of the longest standing and most widely known trainers of professionals having worked in and with law, accounting and other organisations for over 25 years. He is renowned as a trainer in things ‘financial’ and has considerable experience of helping lawyers to read financial statements and in helping professional firms to increase profitability through more efficient and effective working practices. Robert was the author of Maximising the Profitability of Law Firms and has trained or consulted with over 400 firms in over 20 countries. He has been voted Trainer of the Year by the Legal Education & Training Group and is the current author of the annual financial benchmarking survey organised by the Law Management Section of the Law Society. The unique experience that Robert has gained puts him in a position to independently and authoritatively help in-house legal departments understand strategic financial management and how they can build effective relationships with external law partners.

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Book The Mini MBA for In-house Lawyers Classroom training

17-20 May 2022

London venue TBC

09:00-17:00 UK (London)
Course code 11960

  • GBP 2,199 2,599
  • EUR 3,079 3,639
  • USD 3,430 4,054

Until 12 Apr

  • 4 days classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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1-4 Nov 2022

London venue TBC

09:00-17:00 UK (London)
Course code 11961

  • GBP 2,199 2,599
  • EUR 3,079 3,639
  • USD 3,430 4,054

Until 27 Sep

  • 4 days classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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Reviews of IPI's The Mini MBA for In-house Lawyers training course

Speakers exhibited practical knowledge and a mastery of the subject.

Nov 26 2019

Franklin Gogo Dienye
Head Counsel Litigation & Regulatory Risk Management, Nigeria LNG Ltd.

Nov 26 2019

The course was both engaging and informative and easily the most useful I have attended in a very long time. Excellent concept, insightful topics, vastly experienced facilitators and masterful delivery. I would highly recommend it to my colleagues and other in-house counsel.

Patrick Inegbedion Eromosele
Head Counsel Technical, Projects & Production, Nigeria LNG Ltd.

Nov 26 2019

The course is very interesting, well organized and with good modules. The speakers are very experienced and skilled in lecture craft.

Zaqueu Sithole
Legal Advisor, Banco de Moçambique

Nov 26 2019

The speakers were all very good with a high level of knowledge.

Kalpna (Kelly) Patel
Associate Corporate Counsel (North Europe), Dematic Limited

Nov 26 2019


Shahad Almazroo
Legal Associate, Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company

Nov 26 2019

A good, interactive four-day seminar with engaging speakers, all with thorough knowledge in their respective fields.

Inga Regenass
VP Legal Technical Operations and IT, Ipsen Pharma SAS

Nov 27 2018

I very much enjoyed the course. Overall great content, hands-on and actionable guidance and tips that I bring back to work! I feel really inspired now to start implementing improvements in how I carry out work based on new mindset and tools acquired!

Victoria Swedjemark
Director of Legal, Regulatory & Security, Tele2 Sverige AB

Nov 27 2018

Mark Prebble and Robert Mowbray were excellent speakers and presented their content in a vivid, hands-on way which all participants of the course enjoyed. The course exceeded my expectations on many levels.

Florian Pinter
Legal Department Manager, Hairdreams Haarhandels GmbH

Jun 26 2018

I really enjoyed the course, its content and its speakers. I found it very useful and will definitely recommend to others.

Alya Al - Naimi
Senior Legal Counsel, Qatar Foundation

Jun 26 2018

All the speakers were very enthusiastic, brilliant teachers and very diplomatic when we put stupid questions to them. Mark is always excellent, but Graham and Robert added a good dimension to the legal stuff.

Joergen Schou
Chief of Staff, University of Southern Denmark

Jun 26 2018

Helpful, practical and hands-on course with a focus on business rather than law. I have came away with a 'to-do' list of things I can put in place to help the legal team better understand and solidify its place in the business and provide a more cohesive service.

Kate Maynard
Global Head of Legal, DMS Governance Ltd

Jun 26 2018

Just excellent!

Bram Vermeulen
General Counsel, GustoMSC

Jun 26 2018

They were all engaging and made me feel comfortable and happy to learn. This is an excellent programme which I would recommend to other lawyers.

Lydia Hlomador
Head Legal/Company Secretary, SIC Insurance Company Limited

Nov 28 2017

Very high quality speakers and discussion. The content was great and sparked good debate within the group.

Anthony Buxton
Senior Manager Legal, Brother International Europe Ltd

Nov 28 2017

All perfect!

Ashraf Ibrahim
Group Legal Head, National Bank of Egypt

Nov 28 2017

Very good overall content regarding internal legal function. Very useful!

Rita Branquinho Lobo
Head of Legal, Novabase

Nov 28 2017

Well-organised sessions to cover the programme and good team discussion when we could learn from our peers.

Linda Yu
Senior Legal Counsel, Abercrombie & Fitch

Nov 28 2017

A packed programme but all relevant and useful. Clear and knowledgable speakers.

Oliver Bourne
Head of Legal , Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe R&F Ltd


  • Brother International Europe Ltd
  • Chiltern International Group Ltd
  • Dematic Limited
  • Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
  • Fred Perry Ltd
  • Gazprom Marketing & Trading
  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe R&F Ltd
  • Google UK Ltd
  • Juul Labs UK Ltd
  • NATS
  • Network Rail
  • Phoenix Group
  • Premex Services Ltd
  • Prudential (formerly)
  • Siemens
  • The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Trend Micro UK Limited

Saudi Arabia

  • Baud Telecom Company (BTC)
  • Capital Market Authority
  • Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company


  • Imprimerie Nationale
  • Ipsen Pharma SAS


  • VIY Management LLC
  • Yandex LLC


  • IOC Television & Marketing Services SA
  • O-I Europe Sarl


  • Hairdreams Haarhandels GmbH


  • PASHA Life Insurance



Cayman Islands

  • DMS Governance Ltd


  • Abercrombie & Fitch


  • University of Southern Denmark


  • National Bank of Egypt


  • SIC Insurance Company Limited


  • Central Bank Of Ireland


  • Kuwait National Petroleum


  • Beirut Bar Association


  • Banco de Moçambique


  • GustoMSC


  • Nigeria LNG Ltd.


  • Novabase


  • Qatar Foundation


  • Tele2 Sverige AB

Virgin Islands (British)

  • Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC)

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