We understand the complex challenges you face in your role as an in-house lawyer and the competing demands on your time.

With many of our lawyers coming from an in-house background, we use our experience to focus on your legal needs and what matters most to you and your business.

Our Informed Counsel programme ensures you can access our expertise and know-how through panel-based events, seminars, training, networking opportunities and our monthly digital digest; enabling you to remain informed in an ever-changing legal landscape.

Dates for your diary

We're happy to announce that the dates have been set for the remainder of this year's Informed Counsel Programme. More information will be available in due course, along with details of our popular soft skills sessions, so watch this space! In the meantime, make sure to add these dates to your diary.

Session

 Date 

 Time 

WBD office  

Contract law update 

15 October 

08:30-11:00 

London

Informed Counsel Conference (inc. Contract Law Update)

5 November

09:00-16:00

Newcastle

Contract law update

20 November

08:30-11:00

Leeds

*NEW FOR 2019*

Informed Counsel Conference

(inc. Contract Law Update)

13 November

09:00-16:00

Bristol

Informed Counsel Conference

14 November

09:00-13:00 (followed by networking lunch)

America Square Conference Centre, London

Contract law update

21 November 

15:00-17:00 (followed by networking drinks reception)

Plymouth

Contract law update

28 November

08:30-11:00

Southampton

Informed Counsel Conference

Our inaugural Informed Counsel Conference was delivered in London and Newcastle. Developed for GCs, Deputy GCs, Heads of Legal and their teams, the full day conference opened with the ever popular Professor Ewan McKendrick, Professor of English Private Law and editor of Goode on Commercial Law. Professor McKendrick is delivered his commercial contract update, covering the most important cases of the year.

We also welcomed key note speaker, James Hanlon, General Counsel (Head of Legal Operations) & Company Secretary IKEA USA, who shared his experiences of being a GC on both sides of the Atlantic.

In addition, we will covered some of the most topical issues faced by legal teams: financial crime; corporate whistleblowing; the impact of Brexit on corporate immigration, along with actionable insights in competition law and the disruptive impact of technology.

The event closed with drinks and networking, giving delegates the chance to discuss key issues, and build links with their peers.

The goal of the event is to deliver actionable insights, together with topical legal and regulatory updates on the latest developments in commercial law.

Events and seminars

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest" (Benjamin Franklin, 1708-1790)

We think Mr Franklin had a very good point – knowledge is at the core of our services and is critical to the way in which we manage our relationship with you. An integral part of this offer are our events and seminars. We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver commercially focused, insightful, and practical training.

Our programme offers you and your colleagues the opportunity to access a wide range of training and knowledge initiatives. We will help ensure that you and your team are up to date with the very latest legal, regulatory and practice developments and the likely impact on you, your team, your industry and sector. Our programme provides a direct route into our lawyers’ expertise, opening lines of communication. We can also assist you with both your own personal and career development and with the delivery of strategic priorities.

Networking

Networking with like-minded people is core to understanding the landscape that others face in the legal market. Our Informed Counsel programme offers a variety of networking opportunities, including our annual GCs dinner in London. 

This year, the focus was on 'Building strategic partnerships with your business.'

We understand that aligning a legal team’s strategy with that of the wider business is a challenge that most legal teams face.

During this session, GCs discussed these ongoing demands and how innovative and technical driven measures are helping to overcome such challenges, along with how optimising relationships with external advisers can provide value to businesses and ensure greater efficiency.

"Thank you to you and the team for the absolutely fantastic soft skill session today. The course leader was absolutely terrific and has given me lots of very practical hints and tips. It was particularly great to meet some of your other clients and listen to their stories, challenges and a bit about their roles."

 

Client testimonial

"A good mix of soft skills and legal updates." 

Client testimonial