In today's complex and changing world, obtaining the best possible legal support can be a constant challenge for in in-house lawyers, directors and company secretaries, and making the right decision on whether to 'make or buy-in' legal services, is of crucial importance in securing the right legal services for your organisation. "Managing External Legal Resources" will help you to better understand your organisation's commercial objectives and to appreciate what legal competencies are required to achieve them. Helping you decide on the best way forward, this guide shows you how to establish cohesive legal services using the most effective combination of internal and external lawyers. Its coverage includes: step-by step guidance on each stage of the process - from allocation of work, through sourcing, procurement, and panel reviews, to the management of the relationship. It features: best practice recommendations, documentation, and case studies; techniques and exercises to help you think though the issues involved; and, forms and precedents to help you decide what to outsource and what to keep in-house.
Ann Page qualified as a solicitor in 1980. Since then she has held senior management positions at Crest Homes, Next plc, Abbey (formerly National & Provincial Building Society) and The Co-operative Bank, where she has had responsibility for managing and providing a wide range of internal and external legal services. Ann now runs her own professional development and training consultancy Beyond the Brief, which she set up in 2005. Richard Tapp, Company Secretary and Director of Legal Services, Carillion plc is a Chartered Secretary and Solicitor. He has spent his career in commerce and industry, training with the National Coal Board and then working with Imperial Foods, and Blue Circle Industries plc. Since 2001 he has been Company Secretary and Director of Legal Services for Carillion plc, where he is responsible for all legal, secretariat, estates and insurance matters.
Introduction Acknowledgements PART I - THE TIPS Allocation of Legal Work External Sourcing Procurement Panel Reviews Leveraging Value out of Legal Costs Beginning the Relationship Managing the Relationship Ending the Relationship International Work PART II - THE TECHNIQUES Leadership Change Management Client Relationship Management Self Management and Development Team Working for Partnering Delegation Appraisal & Feedback Communication Skills PART 111 - THE TOOLS Further Reading and Resources Index