I was hungry and had decided to leave my desk to grab a sandwich and coffee to keep me going. As I left the office, I became entangled in a throng of people on the London streets. My first thought was “There’s been a bomb scare.” Why the crowds? It was only when I looked […]
In Part 1 of this blog (http://stewartbrownconsulting.co.uk/2017/11/09/under-pressure-coping-with-the-demand-to-be-commercial-part-1-of-2/), I introduced Albert Ellis’s A-B-C model, which illustrates how our beliefs influence how we respond to certain situations and people. I recommend reading Part 1 first, which, together with this Part 2, form the transcript for the talk I delivered at the The Lawyer Conference on “In-house Counsel […]
So, I had just made the move from private practice into an in-house role at an investment bank in early 2000. A few weeks into the new role, I was assigned a piece of work advising on an important deal being run by a senior business guy. It was a very long-dated trade that seemed […]
I’d had day-dreams about leaving the law before. (Don’t we all from time to time?). I don’t mean to belittle the thinking by using the word day-dream. But that was what these thoughts had been. I’d discussed alternatives with my family and friends. But, if I’m honest, I had never really considered anything different. Not […]
How many of you recognise this situation? Your business colleagues contact you for legal sign-off (note depersonalised “legal” not “your”): “It’s straightforward and I need legal sign off so that I can close the deal. My client’s waiting on the other line.” They provide scant information; what they think you need to know. I don’t […]
Have you tried recording your career on a horizontal timeline recently? If not, try it now. What significant events did you write down? When I conduct this exercise with in-house legal teams, the overwhelming majority of people write down when they qualified, when they moved firms and when they got promoted. When I ask them […]
Yesterday, I challenged in-house professionals to think about the negative impact of viewing their career as a linear ladder with titles and organisations completing the rungs of that ladder. In this article, I am going to provide some brief practical steps to help you start planning the future. Form your game plan “If you don’t […]
I’ll be attending the debates in Manchester, Leeds and London on the following dates: 9 March 5pm to 7pm Manchester at the offices of Irwin Mitchell 21 April 12.30pm to 2.30pm Leeds at the offices of Bevan Brittan 2 June 6pm to 8pm London at the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright https://limitsoflawyers.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/calling-all-in-house-lawyers-to-a-nationwide-debate-on-ethical-leadership I look forward to seeing you there!