In-House Counsel

IM Connect is our programme of training events for General Counsel and In-House Counsel where you can proactively stay ahead of the latest legal developments, as well as the opportunity to meet your peers and enhance your professional networks.

It is this focus on meeting your personal and professional development needs that sets our IM Connect programme apart.

Our dedicated events and forums are available across the length and breadth of the country. From quarterly GC lunches in London, to our accredited annual regional in-house conferences, sponsorship of the acclaimed LBCambridge development course and our partnership with Winmark and NextGen there’s something for everyone.

Many of our team have worked in-house so we understand the challenges you face and the ever-changing demands imposed on you and your team.

We appreciate the difficulties that come with being knowledgeable across many diverse areas of law. This is where we can help - as part of our full service offering, we have specialist lawyers and knowledge in niche areas affecting the in-house community including:

We can provide expert legal advice and a support network that means you have a virtual team that you can call on as and when you need us.

We understand that the role of in-house counsel is affected not just by changes in the legal landscape, but also wider economic and political issues. To support in-house teams in delivering their wide ranging remits, we have developed a checklist of the practical steps that businesses can take to prepare for Brexit, and our UK Powerhouse campaign analyses economic growth in the UK's largest cities and what this means for businesses.

We are continuing to develop the IM Connect programme, so please register your details to be kept up to date on dedicated events and forums in your area.

Key Contacts

Our key contacts are all experts in their fields. Feel free to email or phone them to find out how we can help your business.

    • GC Lunches
    • Now in its seventh year, the GC lunch programme attracts senior counsel from blue chip firms who benefit from the opportunity to discuss leadership related issues in a relaxed environment governed by the Chatham House rule. The GC lunches have been run in collaboration with Winmark’s Chief Legal Officer Network since September 2015.

      Next event: to be announced

    • In-House Counsel Conferences
    • These popular conferences are one day events that combine black letter law and soft skills training. Our autumn 2016 programme will include updates on Brexit, Commercial Contracts, Data Protection & Privacy, Employment/Immigration and Litigation followed by an interactive session on developing leadership skills. The conference offers six hours CPD for full day attendance.

      Conference schedule – Autumn 2016

      • Leeds - Wednesday 5 October 2016
      • Manchester - Thursday 6 October 2016
      • Birmingham - Wednesday 12 October 2016
      • Gatwick – Wednesday 16 November 2016
      • Sheffield – Tuesday 22 November 2016

    • LBCambridge
    • We have been proud sponsors of LBCambridge since its launch and continue to support and attend the events which are held in April and September. The course has changed the way in-house lawyers think about their roles and is perfect for lawyers new to in-house positions, but is also valuable to those in-house lawyers who would like a comprehensive refresher on skills and issues relevant to the sector.

    • NextGen
    • Launched in February 2016 in collaboration with Winmark’s Global GC Academy and is aimed at mid to senior level in-house counsel. This peer to peer network is guided by an advisory panel comprised of General and Senior Counsel from the AOL, BBC Worldwide, Eastdil Secured, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Guardian Group, JLL, Microsoft, The Post Office, RFU and Wolseley. The advisory panel will use their knowledge and experience to chair and facilitate thought provoking discussions aimed at supporting members as they progress their careers. Topics covered to date include ‘lawyers to commercial leaders’ and ‘effective strategies for managing a career in-house’.

      Next event: Dates announced soon. Please register your interest for more information

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Testimonials & Client Feedback

We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.


“The bespoke training sessions Joanne's team run alongside likeminded in-house counsel helps us to stay up to date and develop our team members.”

Emma Peach, General Counsel, Callcredit Information Group


"As a new client I have been pleased with the variety of services and skills available from the commercial team. In many instances it has been possible to agree all costs up front, which helps me manage the budget."

Ronan Quigley, Executive Director, British Chambers of Commerce


"Their commitment to the sector, particularly in this area of skills development, is I think second to none."

Paul Gilbert, LBC Wise Counsel

Awards & Accreditations

We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received for our business legal work. For a list of awards and accreditations, please visit our awards page.

We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

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